Units of inquiry are developed to promote conceptual understanding through enduring understandings and essential questions. It consists of the central idea, key and related concepts and a line of inquiry. The central idea allows students to develop their own understanding of concepts covered and assign their own value to the ideas being explored.
By the end of the unit students should be able to articulate their understanding of the unit through a variety of performance tasks, open-ended tasks and teacher-student conferences.
The six-transdisciplinary themes through which units of inquiry are taught:
- Who are we
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organise ourselves
- Sharing the planet
The units of inquiry are covered every year to various degrees of sophistication and in meeting the needs of the cohort.