LEARNING EXPERIENCES THROUGH INVESTIGATION (L.E.T.I.)
JUNIOR LEARNING COMMUNITY
Inquiry learning in the JLC happens through our L.E.T.I. - Learning Experiences Through Investigations - program. Our L.E.T.I. program combines play-based experiences, discovery learning and investigations.
Children are guided and supported to explore a variety of areas from the Victorian Curriculum with a focus on Science, Geography, History, and Technology.
We have a twice-weekly dedicated L.E.T.I. time where students from Foundation through to Year Two work and interact together. Children are encouraged to be active participants during these student-centred learning experiences.
MIDDLE LEARNING COMMUNITY
Within the areas of science, geography and history, students undertake a line of inquiry. Students are guided to find and sort information and guided in generating their own questions in inquiry. The new knowledge gained through the process is shared through a range of activities, workshops, matrix and rubric projects.
SENIOR LEARNING COMMUNITY
Learning is approached through an inquiry mindset, as this encourages children to first draw upon their existing knowledge. It requires them to ask questions and wonder, research and discover for themselves, make connections and learn, and then wonder some more. The intention is to develop a love for life-long learning within each child.
Where possible the curriculum areas are integrated providing children with the opportunity to make stronger links, and develop greater understanding of how their learning connects and relates to their own life.
In the SLC students are regularly provided with a ‘matrix’ of activities based around curriculum areas. This matrix allows for students to choose activities that they are interested in and present their understanding using a variety of format types such as slideshows, posters, dioramas and models, encouraging creativity and the use of technology.
At various times, children have the opportunity to chose where to work within the learning space and how to work - either individually or in a group. This provides valuable experience for students as they learn what works best for them and how to be responsible for their own learning. An emphasis is placed on the importance of time management and producing quality work, as well as students setting goals and reflecting on how well they achieved their goals.