The Galileo Educational Network [quoting Gordon Wells] says that “inquiry is an approach to the chosen themes and topics in which the posing of real questions is positively encouraged, whenever they occur and by whoever they are asked, and that equally important as the hallmark of an inquiry approach is that all tentative answers are taken seriously and are investigated as rigorously as the circumstances permit”.
So not a silly question at all, then.
A Resource Pack, which is not limited to Computer Science, is an attempt to make a limited number of print resources (alongside digital resources) available to an entire year group online. In the case of Computer Science, all of Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 undertake a 6-week hardware inquiry at the same same time, although each following a different line of inquiry. In the case of Year 7, this amounts to 80-100 pupils. Clearly this many pupils would not all be able to use the same books at the same time.
The Resource Pack consists of a PDF document containing scanned excerpts from our print collection that all pupils in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 (roughly 350 pupils) can use to get them started on their inquiry. For the more interested and/ or able, the actual print resources, which they can find in the Library, provide a natural means of extension/ differentiation.
For copyright reasons we are not able to share the Resource Pack (which is used within our institution under an educational copyright licence), but I will see if it s possible to add a snapshot.