Katherine School of the Air works to develop resilience, independence and confidence in its students.
The distance education school, which caters for preschool to year 9 students, places a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy through targeted English and mathematics, but also seeks to engage its students in integrated inquiry projects.
The school's curriculum specialist Marisa Boscato said integrated inquiry, or Linked Learning, aims to involve students in real world tasks and issues.
"The Linked Learning projects encourage students to collaborate and to work with experts in the local community," she said.
"At the core is a question designed to stimulate students' curiosity, provoke them to find an answer or a solution and direct how they communicate what they have learned and made.
"All inquiry projects connect skills and knowledge from across the Australian Curriculum. It makes the students' learning much more connected to the way people work and learn in the world beyond school."
Principal Sharni Wilson said integrated learning is hugely important to the delivery of the curriculum.
"These projects are aligned with the curriculum and because they are integrated, the students have opportunities to link what they are learning across traditional subject boundaries," she said.
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"For instance, the school is currently putting together a project that gets the students to take on the role of park rangers so they can learn all about the geology and geography of landscapes and landforms.
"It includes visual arts, science, geography, and design and technology, just to name a few, and important capabilities such as intercultural understanding and critical thinking.
"Usually, projects end in students hosting a presentation of their learning. This is a really important part of the projects because it is when students show others what they've learned"
Ms Boscato said it's always exciting to see the creative ways students show what they have learned, and hear them talk with confidence.