In 2018 we opened our new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) area. This space enables us to use robotics, 3D printer and Makers Empire programs. It also supports our inquiry learning. Inquiry is an approach to teaching and learning that, in essence, involves students in the investigations of questions/problems/issues of significance. Through inquiry, we seek to develop student’s competencies as learners and equip them with a set of transferable skills and dispositions. Inquiry is an active, learner centred methodology which aims to develop deep understanding, not surface coverage.
Our inquiry model is a combination of our ongoing work with Lee Watanabe Crockett and also Kath Murdoch’s work links learning across disciplines. Students across the school use Lee’s solution fluency to problem solve and be creative. Solution fluency (or the 6D’s) are Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, Debrief. Staff PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities) develop inquiry scope and sequences and associated units of work to provide consistency of programs.
- Knowing your students
- Responding to their learning needs
- Sequential and logical progression of lessons
- Links between what is known and new learning
- Explicit strategic questioning – before, during and after.
When your child graduates from Torrensville Primary they will be: Creative Learners, Confident Learners, Active & Informed Learners, Successful Learners and Individual Learners. The connections between these qualities and our values (respect, harmony & achievement) are explicitly taught to students to ensure a holistic learning experience is balanced with the rigor of academic achievements.