The whole school shares an inquiry focus twice per year. This inquiry is integrated within English and Mathematics learning, but also incorporates the Science and Humanities learning areas. Inquiry is an approach that scaffolds children's questioning, their research and exploration, the way in which information is presented and encourages action based on findings. Inquiries vary depending on the group's questions and interests, and also on the curriculum content at the various year levels. Children are natural inquirers, but are supported to develop their skills to help them organise thoughts, learn how to research using a range of primary and secondary sources, how to present data, communicate powerfully, and develop their critical and creative thinking. See an example.
At Alberton we believe in a holistic view of the child, and believe that students are successful learners when they feel balanced, supported, and safe. The purpose of social education time is to provide our children with a support group in a safe environment to explore and develop physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. Teachers also educate our kids on safe practices taught in the “Child Protection Curriculum” so they can live in our world making safe and appropriate choices.