Curriculum Overview

Inquiry Learning

At Te Kura o Waima the expectation is that teachers will demonstrate quality teaching, planning and assessment in Inquiry Learning. Inquiry Learning will encompass the Science, Social Sciences, Technology and Health curriculum areas. Our tamariki will use a dynamic approach to learning that involves exploring the world through authentic contexts.

Te Kura o Waima’s student Inquiry Approach is a framework for learning that gives us a process to work through so that we can make sure our scaffolding of children’s learning is supported and sequential. When following this framework, learners are given opportunities to think for themselves as a learner, and to develop the values that are necessary to be successful in our school, wider community and their future.

Inquiry Learning will provide our tamariki with opportunities to:

Celebrate successes and share their findings.

Set goals and evaluate their learning.

Link learning to the outside world.

Share learning experiences with others and develop skills in peer tutoring and collaboration.

Learn “WAIMA” skills that will serve them through life and enhance learning opportunities.

Use a variety of thinking skills.

See the purpose behind what they are doing.

Own their learning. They drive their learning and seek to know more.

Evaluate their own learning and make judgements about next steps in their learning journey.

Inquiry based learning at Te Kura o Waima is defined by the following

SMART process:

Start Up

Creating interest in the learning focus and trigger a sense of curiosity.

Make Inquiries

Develop questioning skills by asking, wondering and deciding.

Arrange Ideas

Develop research skills. Make and follow a plan to research, experiment, locate, sort, sift and record information


Answering questions and presenting information.

Take Action

Reflect on their new understandings and to think about their learning.

See WAIMA Inquiry Learning document for further detail.

The skills children develop through Inquiry Learning will set them up well for their future. They learn how to access information from a range of sources, show independence as well as learn to work cooperatively in group situations. Information literacy and fluency skills such as skimming and scanning are powerful learning tools and assist children in attaining our school vision of ‘having success for today and be prepared for tomorrow’ and also the expectations for their learning.

Opportunities to use the Key Competencies and WAIMA in Inquiry Learning are expected.