Integrated Inquiry

"Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand."

In an inquiry-based classroom, learning grows out of students’ natural curiosities to question the world. At Kings Park, integrated inquiry revolves around throughlines.  Throughlines are four essential concepts we want students to understand about the world by the time they leave in year 6. Students investigate an essential question as a class to discover these concepts.  Click on the link to look at our throughlines. 


Throughlines 


At Kings Park, the students discover, reflect and become independent learners through a range of resources such as organisers, mindmaps and thinking tools. Below are some examples done by students.

 

A students mindmap on What do I need to become a great learner.  Mindmaps help the learner transfer things to long term memory by using colour, keywords and pictures.



Here a student is reflecting on the technological advances in society by comparing what his grandparents used and what he now uses in everyday life. Venn-Diagrams promote higher order thinking and allow the students to compare and contrast different things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 6 thinking hats allows you to look at important decisions from a number of different perspectives. It helps the learner make better decisions by pushing them to move outside your normal ways of thinking.  Here a year 2 student is reflecting on a community walk. 


Yellow Hat 
- helps you to think positively. It is the viewpoint that helps you to see all the benefits of the decision.


Black Hat - This is the hat of logical thinking that can help us stop doing silly things. This hat allows us to see the problems in things. 

Green Hat - The white hat looks at information and is neutral.  It looks at the facts and figures. 

Red Hat - The red hat deals with your feelings and emotions. 

Green Hat - This is the hat of creativity.  It allows for new possibilities and approaches. 

Blue Hat - This hat is the overview of the thinking.  This hat is the 'control' hat and allows you to think about thinking.





Consequences and sequel - All action has a consequence.  Any action has either an short, medium or long term consequence.  In some circumstances, action has all these consequences.    A thinker needs to be aware of these possibilities.

In this example a year 4 student is investigating the consequences and sequel of no energy.