Inquiry Based Learning Program

Inquiry implies a 'need or want to know'.  Inquiry is not so much seeking the right answer - because often there is none - but rather seeking appropriate resolutions.


The inquiry approach to learning is based on the belief that students are powerful learners who must be actively engaged in the process of investigating, processing, organising, synthesising, refining and extending their knowledge within a topic.


As part of our efforts to ensure that your child gets the best possible education, at SJV we deliver the MAPPEN Curriculum.  MAPPEN is a sequenced guided inquiry curriculum designed by Australian educators which is currently implemented in over 200 Australian schools.


MAPPEN provides opportunities for students to explore content and skills through real world examples and represents approxiamtely three hours of teaching time each week which is integrated mainly in English, Humanity & Social Sciences and Science, but also can be found in other core defined curriculum.  Each term SJV deliver an eight week learning sequence which is designed around one of the following concepts.

Commuinity Creativity Necessity Social Justice
Sustainability Identity Curiosity Change


Topics for 2017 are:

Odd Year

Term 1

Term 2
Term 3
Social Justice
Term 4
Kinder Me and My School The Way We Were Fairness & Friendship Topsy Turvy Tales
Years 1 & 2 Growing Older and Wiser  Tip Toe Through Our World  Same & Different - Hooray  Marvellous Minis 
Years 3 & 4 Game of Life  WOW! Look What We've Got  Look What's Happening in Our Own Backyard  BUILD a Book 
Years 5 & 6 It IS All About Me  Act Local.... Think Global  Care For The Kids  Bizarre