Using Literature to Nurture Attributes of an Inquirer and Researcher

  • Primary
Louise Mills, Assistant Head of Primary

Literature is a fantastic tool for teaching children about so many things in and about life.

 

Literature is a fantastic tool for teaching children about so many things in and about life. It can help them to learn about the world around them; how to relate to others; how to consider other perspectives; consider how others might think by immersing themselves into another’s mindset; develop interests and passions; develop their own personal attributes ….. the list goes on and on. PYP in an inquiry based curriculum, so what attributes do we need to be an inquirer and a researcher? The IB Approaches to Learning (ATLs) are a set of five skills: Thinking, Research, Communication, Social and Self-management. Teachers plan activities and engagements to develop these skills and associated attributes in all students each day. An excellent way for children to see these in action is through literature. Kath Murdoch is widely known and highly respected for her work in the field of inquiry based learning. I recently came across this list of books she recommends for nurturing inquiry attributes in children. Many are available in our school library or might be available in Qatar National Library. Many might also be found as read alouds online. I hope you have fun sharing and discussing the stories and the lessons within them with your children.