School of Curiosity

Inspiring students to explore, innovate and thrive

The School of Curiosity provides each child with the social and academic skills needed to interact and explore the world as confident and effective learners.

For Stages One and Two (K-4) | Inquiry Pedagogy: Play based Inquiry (Kindergarten) and Guided Inquiry (Year 1-4)





During this phase of development the magical world of early childhood gradually transitions into the critical thinking of pre-adolescence. This is a time of inquiry – when children really begin to develop a curiosity to know all about the world they live in - the who, what, when, why and how?

Play based inquiry is a method of instruction that not only targets the foundational knowledge and skills of literacy and numeracy but also creates a sense of wonder and curiosity through an inquiry play based learning approach. Learning in the School of Curiosity is experiential with an emphasis placed on child-initiated, spontaneous and open-ended creative play experiences and artistic expression.

Guided inquiry encourages students to take more ownership in their learning whilst guiding students to acquire the foundational knowledge and skills across all subject areas. Critical thinking skills are also honed as each learner is guided to become his or her best.

As students interact and explore the world, this quest for knowledge underpins the School of Curiosity program as it develops each student’s comprehension of the world around them, and their attitudes and interests in relation to this.







Learner Capabilities

Santa Sophia has identified the following core capabilities for all students across all stages, giving them the greatest chance of future success. These are reported on and assessed at all stages.

Stage One

Demonstrates an understanding of Jesus’ teachings and how that can be reflected in their decision making and interactions with others.

  • Engages in the challenges of their learning and reflects on their personal learning goals by actively participating as a learner.
  • Demonstrates positive interactions with others through respectful speaking and listening and accepts responsibility for their actions.

Follows class rules to appropriately use technology to engage with, share and reflect on their learning.

Presentation skills
  • Confidently shares with their peers using subject specific terminology, a clear voice and cohesive sentences.
  • Actively participates in collaborative group work by asking questions to extend, elaborate and evaluate ideas.
Critical and creative thinking
  • Asks clarifying questions to explain the connections in their learning and evaluate their learning goals.




We prepare students for the future - no matter what that might look like!