Inquiry-based Learning

An engaging process, a pedagogical mindset

Inquiry-based learning builds on students’ knowledge about their world. It places ideas at the centre of knowledge building and encourages students to explore their own questions — and those of their peers. Educators provide the tools, resources, and experiences to make it all happen. We encourage students to investigate, reflect, and discuss any new information they gain along the way.

Inquiry in Kindergarten

How Educator Carol Stephenson begins the year

How Carol concludes a Kindergarten inquiry

Lab School educators share insight on inquiry in their classroom

Insight from a Grade 1 Teacher

A Grade 1 Knowledge Building Circle

JICS Teacher Zoe Donoahue shared what her Grade 1 inquiry into water looked like with The Robertson Program.

Find out More: Grade 1 Science Inquiry

Insight from a Grade 5 Teacher

Connecting students to the inquiry theme

JICS Teacher Robin Shaw shared what her Grade 4 inquiry into water looked like with The Robertson Program.

Find out More: Grade 4 Science Inquiry