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What is Enquiry-Led Learning?

What is Enquiry-led Learning?


In a nutshell, enquiry-led learning provokes learners with key questions too big to answer in one go, but not so conceptually large that they cannot understand. The purpose is to guide learners through a scaffolded process, answering the big question with a piece of writing for example, performance or animation. As cognitive development, emotional literacy and language immersion underpin the Curious-city approach, as well as purposeful links to mastery-led learning principles and attachment theory, we recognise learners awareness of the world develops as they mature and that this has a significant impact on their ability to learn. Our job is to help learners make sense of the world, not just expose them to it.


The usual Author (English) and Mathematicians (maths) teaching sequences continue, enhanced by locally rich and relevant experiences through the inclusion of significant people, places and stories by weaving in faith, community and culture into enquiries. National Curriculum subject objectives from science, history, geography, art & design, design and technology and music are woven throughout enquiries as seen on the Whole School Enquiries Map. Other subjects including P.E., PHSE, R.E. and computing will be taught discretely. To learn more about how we teach English and maths at Stanbridge follow this link:



Curriculum Impact: Be Brave, Not Perfect

The impact of our curriculum at Stanbridge will be to create resilient, inquisitive learners who understand that ‘knowledge’ is an ongoing acquisition.

The impact of this philosophy can be seen through the learning journey the children take in enquiry books, floor books, displays and challenges.


Learners will be able to demonstrate they have retained knowledge through distance assessments and pupil interviews.

Our exciting curriculum, and supportive school community, will nurture and celebrate the talents of every individual in both academic and creative endeavours; whilst promoting the development of confidence and resilience as we prepare our learners for the next stage of their journey.