OUR CURRICULUM

Inquiry Learning

At GPS we have an inquiry model that provides an approach to develop independent learners. Our learners go through a process where they connect with, utilise and apply information to build new learning and understanding.

Our GPS Model of Inquiry

Dialogue
Question
Think
Influence
Reflect
                         

G - Get Going
  • identify a purpose.
  • clarify the problem.
  • a scenario and rich questions sets the scene for inquiry.
  • construction and co-construction of relevant questions.
  • link new information to prior knowledge (making real connections to learners lives).
R - Respond
  • What do I want to know?
  • What do I want to find out?
  • What questions will we need to answer? Questions are designed to gain some specific information that is relevant to the context.
  • Learner are able to set realistic, relevant, challenging and manageable goals. 
  • Learners have access to sound sources of information at appropriate levels of difficulty. 
  • These sources will include printed text, digital sources, images, data and people.
  • Learners plan the research.
  • Learners can evaluate the credibility and validity of information.

O - Organise
  • Organise it, create it.
  • Learner are involved in some sort of practical application of the information they find.
  • Learners have the ability to make decisions, considering implications and consequences. 
  • Graphic organisers are used to help make thinking explicit.
  • Students develop social skills:
- Contributing: ability to make relevant contributions.
- Working with others: ability to work collaboratively.
- Leadership:  ability to take a leadership role in groups.
- Conflict resolutions: ability to resolve conflict.
 
W - What now, where to, share it
  • Learners share the outcomes, celebrate their solutions, their decisions, their thinking, the outcomes they have created and the understanding they have developed.
  • Learners have the ability to reflect on their learning skills, evaluate progress and set further goals. 

Information Technology

Our students have access to Chromebooks. which are provided by the school, as well as a minimum of 6 computers per classroom, a ceiling mounted interactive projector or television for chromecasting.  The ICT program is supported through a range of other digital resources.  We have recently purchased iPads which are being trialed in both the junior and senior classes.  All classes have internet access and e-mail facilities. Children are required to have a signed computer agreement before using the computer facilities, signed by child and parent to say they will follow all school rules related to computer and internet use. 

Each child has passworded access to google docs and is encouraged to keep a record of their progress and achievement, and interact with their teacher and other members of their class.