Enquiring Minds is an enquiry-based learning curriculum that incorporates some cross-curricular links and enables students to come together to develop personal, learning and thinking skills.
This exciting programme is taught once a week to specific classes to develop team work and communication skills.
Students are given a ‘big question’ to focus on and are encouraged to explore relevant issues that capture their imagination. Rather than the teacher transmitting knowledge, the lesson sees more of the power shift to students, allowing them to gradually take more responsibility for the content, process and outcomes for their learning through undertaking their own research into an area of interest to them.
Enquiring minds curriculum: aims
- Enhance self esteem
- Develop the ability to generate and transfer ideas
- Transform passive learners to active learners
- Promote positive attitudes and beliefs about being able to learn
- Develop skills e.g. Communication, problem solving, PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills).
- Become aware of their own learning
Each Term focuses on a big question which the students explore and answer through research, practical activities and project work.
‘How do we build a better community?’
‘What is our relationship to the environment?’
‘What makes Great Britain Great?’
The students choose personal learning targets to focus on over the term and in each individual lesson. They are also involved in assessing their progress and that of peers.