Learning Challenge Curriculum
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin
“If children’s entire school experience has been designed to push them through mark scheme hoops, rather than developing a deep body of knowledge, they will struggle in later life.” Amanda Spielman
Pupils learn best when their curiosity is engaged. We use a question led, learning challenge approach to teach science, history and geography. Learning is led through a series of key questions which are underpinned by the development of knowledge and skills.
- Each learning challenge clearly sets out what Sticky Knowledge pupils are expected to know at the end of the unit of teaching. It also specifies vocabulary pupils must develop as closing the language gap is key to addressing the social disadvantage many of our children face. (“Vocabulary size is related to academic success and schooling is crucial for increasing the breadth of pupils’ vocabulary” Clive Davies OBE Focus Education)
- To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum, Art and DT are woven into these learning challenges to provide meaningful links wherever possible.
- Learning challenges provide a relevant context for English and where appropriate, maths teaching and learning. Literature is at the heart of our curriculum; many texts for English lessons link to Learning Challenges.
- Key questions are underpinned by learning intentions and success criteria. Pupils will develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to be a scientist, historian, geographer, artist or designer as they move from Y1 to Y6.
- In order to be ‘sticky’, learning should be meaningful and provide real experiences for children. We launch a learning challenge with a visit/visitor or ‘event’. Wherever possible we take advantage of our local context and use nearby historical or geographic landmarks
- PE, Dance, Computing, Music, PSHE, RE and MFL are taught through bespoke schemes of work.
- Each year group studies three main history/geography and 3 science learning challenges each year. Additional knowledge and skills are covered separately. We teach aspects of the 2014 national curriculum.