This quarter, we started a Science Inquiry class on Fridays. Students took turns choosing science experiments based on their own inclinations, similar to our buddy time classes. We believe in inquiry-based learning because it provides kids, who are naturally curious, with the opportunity to research their particular interests. It helps students build self-confidence by working with others in a small group. Inquiry-based learning is more likely to help students make connections between disciplines and fosters independence and self-directed learning by teaching them to take responsibility for the learning process.
For more information on inquiry based learning, check out this document from the US Department of Education: