“The children are explorers, philosophers, entomologists, physicists, biologists, ornithologists, builders, mathematicians, geographers, negotiators, poets, actors, collaborators and problem solvers. They know both their land and the creatures that inhabit it. This strong relationship leads to respect and a desire to fiercely protect their land, their ‘country’.”

Mrs Samantha Millar uses the 100-acre classroom here at Cornish College to its full potential with her Year 1 students, exploring the beautiful land and learning through inquiry and self-discovery. Mrs Millar’s article on the Sharing PYP blog focuses on how connecting children to their land provides authentic inquiry learning.

Dhumba-dha biik (pronounced dum-ba-dah beek) is Boon wurrung language for ‘Talk Country’ and a program for Year 1 students to explore nature, wonder, pose questions, offer ideas and solutions in an authentic content. “Children have a natural fascination with their environment” explains Mrs Millar. One day “we discovered mushrooms and toadstools emerging from the ground and the kids were just fascinated with them. So we spent time discussing fungus and hunting for different kinds. I call this an “unexpected inquiry” and I love it because it is these student discoveries that are the best authentic learning opportunities.”

Well done Mrs Millar on a wonderful article.

Click here to read the full article ‘How connecting children to their land provides authentic inquiry learning.’