Much of the teaching and learning is collaborative and inquiry based, that is, it responds to the needs, ideas and interests of the children. Wherever possible the learning areas are integrated.
Here is one example:
A unit of study in Year 5 focusing on gold might begin with the historical facts related to Victoria’s ‘gold rush’. This leads to consideration of the Eureka Stockade, which in turn leads to a study of the social and political climate of the era. Maths classes explore changes in gold prices and compare them to other variables such as share prices and political issues, then draw conclusions about present day events. Imaginative literature focusing on the era is incorporated, and research skills are fostered through the use of Information Communication Technology supporting class work and projects. A three-day visit to Sovereign Hill adds a human perspective to the associated learning experiences.