Inquiring Learners 

Inquiry-based KS2 classroom resources

Developed at the University of Cambridge

Free KS2 resources

Inquiring Learners offers inquiry-based resources developed by academics and educators at the University of Cambridge. Our goal is to help children to learn disciplinary knowledge in the primary curriculum through discussion with their teacher and each other.

Classroom research

We developed these resources with input from teachers and school leaders. We want to find out what their impact is on children’s learning and get a better sense of how they are being used by teachers.

Enrolment for our trial is open now.

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KS2 Working Scientifically resources

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Inquiring Science is a complete set of resources which corresponds to the Working Scientifically criteria of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum in the UK (children aged 7-11). Your class will engage in scientific thinking to help the (fictional) Newton Class in Galileo school with the issues that they face. Topics covered include:

  • Way of knowing
  • Using evidence
  • Reporting scientifically

Learn more about Inquiring Science.

KS2 Computing and PSHE resources

Inquiring Online is a set of resources that corresponds to the Computing and PSHE curriculums for Key Stage 2 in the UK (children aged 7-11). They help children to:

  • Become more aware of issues such as targeted advertising and fake news
  • Discover how to be digitally literate through online research and evaluation
  • Develop digital citizenship, for example by thinking about why information is shared online and how to respond to it.

Learn more about Inquiring Online.

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Our research

By using our resources, you have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research at the University of Cambridge. Our trials have been designed to fit in with teachers’ schedules all follow the same format:

  • Children take an online test
  • Teachers deliver the sessions
  • Children take another online test
  • Teachers fill in online questionnaires about how they found the experience

Learn more about Inquiring Science and Inquiring Online. Ready to sign-up? Register your interest.

You can also email us to tell us that you’d like to take part.

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Meet the team

Professor Rupert Wegerif

Principal Investigator

Rupert Wegerif is a professor of education at the University of Cambridge and director of the Digital Education Futures Initiative at Hughes Hall. He researches dialogic theory in education and ways of using technology to facilitate teaching through and for dialogue.

Dr Laura Kerslake

Dr Laura Kerslake

 Co-Investigator

Laura was a primary teacher and recently received her PhD from the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. She regularly carries out Philosophy with Children work in schools and conducts research in the areas of dialogic education.  

Judith Hannam

Research Assistant

Jude has taught from pre-school to upper primary over the last 20 years – in the UK, Germany, Italy and the European School system – before earning her MPhil in Education from the University of Cambridge. She has worked on Inquiring Science and Inquiring Online since their inception.