Inquiry Learning

At St Justin’s we promote a culture of inquiry based learning ensuring that all students gain the knowledge, skills and deep understandings required for future success.


Our students are involved in Inquiries which integrate various subject areas, engaging students in learning which is meaningful and purposeful encouraging them to make connections between themselves and the world. This approach requires them to use a range of tools and strategies that are empowering for independent discovery and learning. This engages and challenges students to use their learning to take action.

Science, History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Citizenship, Health and Technology are the content areas that contain the rich concepts that drive effective learning. English, mathematics and the arts are processes to inquire, gather information, analyse and communicate our understandings to others.

Our students explore Inquiry Learning through units of work around six "Big Ideas" which aim to expand students' knowledge of themselves and the world around them.

The six "Big Ideas":

  1. Identity and Cultural Diversity
  2. Human Right and Social Justice
  3. Peace Building and Conflict Resolution
  4. Change and the Future
  5. Interdependence and Globalisation
  6. Sustainable Futures

Each term a different ‘Big Idea’ is investigated. Teachers plan each unit of work in stages allowing student voice to direct and personalise their learning.

St Justin's Catholic Primary School
42-48 Whalley Drive
Wheelers Hill
Victoria 3150
Tel: (03) 9561 7644
Fax: (03) 9561 5429