GFPS follows the National Curriculum 2014
We focus all of our geography, history, science, art and design learning into the Learning Challenge curriculum (LCC). This means that instead of discrete lessons in the above subjects every week, we tie them all together under a Learning Challenge question. This question will then be investigated over half a term or a full term, allowing greater engagement in learning as each lesson feeds into a bigger picture. Hopefully, by the end of the term/half-term, the children will have learnt everything required to be able to offer a response to the original question.
Each year group follows its own set of challenges that always has a science focus and either a history or a geography focus to accompany it. For example, Year 5's first LC has a science focus of Materials and their properties but a secondary focus with a history slant: life as a vicious Viking!
The curriculum is tailored to the children's interests to ensure maximum engagement and progress in learning. So, in Year 2, the children learn about themselves and others through One Direction! While the Year 5 example described above is investigated using Beowulf to spark the children's interest.
The LCC is not only designed to ensure maximum possible progress in the foundation/non-core subjects but also to have impact on the literacy and numeracy skills throughout the school. Where possible, the LCC is used to provide opportunities to support and reinforce literacy and numeracy learning.
We feel that learning is most successful where connections between ideas are made. The success of the Learning Challenge Curriculum at Grange Farm, is that it allows children to make these connections and apply their learning in other areas.