Hi everyone, I have just started a new job as a librarian at Northwood College, looking after both the junior and senior school libraries. I thought now would be the perfect opportunity to start teaching library skills through inquiry-based learning, rather than as stand alone library lessons. I would like to concentrate initially on the junior school and years 4,5 and 6 as it is quite an onerous task dealing with all the year groups at once!
Could anyone provide advice on how they got started setting up inquiry with the 4,5 and 6 year groups ? I would like to begin with relatively short inquiry projects (perhaps half a term), with the basic skills included, searching the library catalogue, using Dewey, non-fiction books, presenting some new knowledge gained?
Hello, Emma, and wishing you well in your new school.
Given your position of influence, might I suggest a different approach for your consideration?
Our challenge is always going to be how to develop inquiry learning skills systematically and progressively within the model of the inquiry learning process that we have chosen. The real strength of FOSIL/ the ESIFC is that it is both model and framework of inquiry learning skills, including priority skills. We are focussing on priority skills in transition years (see below, or download as PNG). The advantage of this is that if we can embed these skills in transition years – and not necessarily all of them – using whatever opportunities are available to us, it then becomes relatively easier to bridge the gaps in intervening years using whatever opportunities are available to us. This, in turn, makes it relatively easier to demonstrate how our work in each phase of of the school builds systematically and progressively into the kind of student who is able to take something like the EPQ, and all that it represents, in their stride, which is a powerful indicator of success in and beyond school.
I mean to add that the topic FOSIL in Primary School might be helpful, particularly from this post on, which sheds some light on my efforts to think through a curricular inquiry in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from the perspective of the inquiry learning skills.