Vision for the future



At Browns Bay School we  ...

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Foster a critical spirit in each student by:

Ensuring  inquiry is instinctive, a habit for every student that becomes a part of everyday life in and out of the classroom

  • strategies are used in the playground
  • strategies are used  independent of the teacher


Infusing thinking with all aspects of classroom programmes

  • It happens at any time of the day, regardless of the learning area
  • links are made between learning areas (integration)


Modelling a critical spirit

  • asking open-ended questions’
  • thinking  aloud
  • sharing our own learning
  •  passionate about learning / their own learning


Creating an environment that encourages inquiry and open-mindedness

  • interactive, student-generated displays
  • changing the environment to suit the needs of the students
  • engaging students in cooperative / collaborative learning strategies


Ensuring that students are challenged and their passions are maximized.

  • student voice is predominant in the classroom
  • Interactive learning


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Encourage positive attitudes towards inquiry

Curiosity, passion

  • asking questions

aking risks

  • self-motivated

Open-mindedness, flexibility

Respecting others

  •  caring; valuing others ideas and opinions


  • these attitudes are acknowledged and rewarded in class and by the school


 Ensure students are equipped with and use the right skills at the right time by:


Teaching the skills of inquiry to meet the students’ needs, taught in a meaningful context and applied in a meaningful context.

The Skills are:

Active listening

  • ask questions, front/challenge, build on other’s ideas, staying on the topic; reflecting feelings; restating ideas, summarize, validating

Critical and creative thinking

  • analysis ie comparing, contrasting, predicting, using graphic organizer; evaluating ie assessing the reasonableness of ideas/opinions; making judgments; generating new ideas; OK to have unanswered questions


  • self assessment: what I can and can’t do; next steps; peer assessment

Working cooperatively

  • teamwork, collaboration


  • learning how to carry out an investigation, how to research; asking questions

Decision making

  • learning a considered and reasoned decision making process

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Constructing new knowledge by:


building on prior knowledge, making it relevant and meaningful and ensuring it is transferable

Using a range of strategies to find out what students already know

  • brainstorming
  • mind mapping students discussing what they know with others

Ensuring students understand the purpose of the learning

  • teachers discuss reasons for learning
  • 'world’ reasons
  • school reasons

Providing regular opportunities for students to apply their new knowledge in new situations, not just in the classroom.

  • Hook the students into the learning by getting their attention with something interactive and exciting.
  • Involve students in solving a real life problem.
  • Get students to take action using their new knowledge
  • Parent feed back about students applying knowledge at home