Learning Through Inquiry

At Redbridge International School, we follow a transdisciplinary learning through inquiry approach, which means incorporating all the curriculum areas in a contextualized way and developing our transverse skills through projects, which are meaningful to students and inspire their curiosity:

  • Projects stem from the student’s interests, ideas, and suggestions (“Wonder Wall”);
  • Significant content: incorporating what teachers think is essential for the understanding of a defined topic, whilst matching curriculum objectives to the projects;
  • Need to know: for any objectives not met by projects throughout the year, teachers propose content by launching a project with an “entry event” (teasing moment) that engages students’ interest and initiates questioning;
  • A driving question: through the initial brainstorming (What do we know? What do we want to find out?), finding a question that will capture the heart of the project giving students a challenge and a sense of purpose;
  • Student voice and choice: deciding on how to design, create and present the project;
  • Conducting real inquiries and valuing questioning, hypothesizing, and openness to new ideas and perspectives;
  • Communication and feedback: students consider the audience, how they will share what they have learned, and with whom so that they can receive constructive criticism.

Following a transdisciplinary and learning through inquiry approach means:

  • Taking advantage of the students’ natural curiosity and interests;
  • Learning in a meaningful and contextualised way;
  • Finding the driving question by capturing the heart of the project;
  • Giving voice and choice to the students;
  • Creating opportunities to develop transversal skills; communication, social, thinking, research and creativity;
  • Valuing questioning and hypothesising;
  • Presenting findings and new knowledge;
  • Giving and receiving feedback.