Inquiry, as the leading pedagogical approach of the PYP, is recognised as allowing students to be actively involved in their own learning and to take responsibility for that learning. Inquiry allows the understanding of each student to develop in a manner and at a rate that is unique to that student.
Inquiry, initiated by the students or the teacher that moves the students from their current level of understanding to a new and deeper level of understanding can mean:
  • Exploring, wondering and questioning
  • Experimenting an playing with possibilities
  • Making connections between previous learning and current learning
  • Making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens
  • Collecting data and reporting findings
  • Deepening understanding through the application of a concept
  • Making and testing theories
  • Researching and seeking information
  • Taking and defending a position
  • Solving problems in a variety of ways