Learning Challenge Curriculum Website

by Focus Education
Learning Challenge Curriculum Website

REF: LCC-WEB

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+ Description
The Learning Challenge Curriculum website takes full account of the new National Curriculum requirements.
The website aims to provide schools with a range of resources which they will find suitable to support their new National Curriculum planning and delivery.

The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point. The Learning Challenge approach is used as a structure and ethos for curriculum design. In designing the curriculum teachers and learners are using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from pre- learning tasks, the new National Curriculum and the school’s context a series of subsidiary challenges are then planned. Each subsidiary learning challenge is also expressed as a question. The subsidiary learning challenge is normally expected to last for one week but this does not need to be the case. However, initially it may be useful for the learners and indeed the staff to get used to the weekly learning challenge. The important point is that the learning challenges need to make sense to the learners and it is something that is within their immediate understanding.

The website includes the following:

Principles of the learning challenge approach

Pre-Learning Examples
  • To include the designing pre and post learning book

Subject Leaders' Audits
  • All non-core subjects, science, maths reading and writing

Assessment Tool
  • The Excel non-core assessment toolkit
  • A set of basic skills' 'Non-Negotiables'

Progression and Continuity
  • Weaving Knowledge, Skills and Understanding through the new National Curriculum

Quality Texts to support the LC principle
  • Examples of 40 books recommended in the curriculum plans (Taken from Planning Through Quality Texts)

Short Term planning
  • Different Examples

Examples of Learning Challenges (broken into 6 sections):
  • Science, History/Geography, Religious Education; Maths; English; DT; Art; Music

EYFS Specific section
  • Floor book examples
  • Examples of successful Learning Challenges for young learners
  • What would you ask a ...? Examples
  • EYFS Learning Challenge Curriculum

Reflections/ Video
  • Examples set out in Year groups with over 40 video clips

A School Perspective
  • Case studies of schools using the Learning Challenge method
  • School Examples


View the Learning Challenge Website here

+ Reviews
"The Learning Challenge Curriculum struck us immediately as the right way to progress! The curriculum uses pre-learning tasks, to ensure that children are directly involved in the planning process which in its turn allows teachers to gauge exactly where the learning need lies. As planned, we worked with Clive to launch the curriculum for our Year 1 students; these children are now our current Year 6 cohort. The effects have been really noticeable parents who had children in the junior school prior to the amalgamation commented on how much more engaged their children were at school. Lessons are now child centered, as they should be, with prior knowledge and pupil voice having a greater impetus in the planning of lessons. I dont envision well be working to another curriculum in the foreseeable future."
Anfield Primary School

"An excellent framework which will fire the imagination of teaching teams"
Oakdene Primary School

"The Learning Challenge Curriculum fosters both student and teacher creativity, ensuring an adaptable curriculum tailored to the suit the needs of the learner, and it has played an instrumental role in bringing about the changes we have made to our KS2 maths lessons. With the help of the Learning Challenge Curriculum, which creates a bespoke curriculum that reflects the requirements of the pupils, the school has been able to regain its Outstanding status. The strength of our curriculum is built on a solid foundation of Focus material, including the Learning Challenge Curriculum and our approach to maths."
Fielding Primary School

Extract from the Ofsted report:
  • A rich, broad curriculum provides pupils with stimulating learning opportunities which motivate them as learners.
  • The introduction of a revised curriculum that the school calls the Learning Challenge Curriculum has greatly enhanced the development of pupils key skills across other subject areas, in a stimulating and exciting manner. Wow days are a key feature of this. The Reception class had a Wow day about building, when children constructed a house with a design and technology focus. Their families were invited, with a high number of parents attending. Year 2 have a Wow day planned on mechanisms; the challenge is to build a vehicle linked to a character in the class storybook.
  • Pupils said that lessons were interesting and teachers help them with their learning. Key Stage 1 pupils spoke enthusiastically about learning to spell and read. The Learning Challenge Curriculum and Wow days were enjoyed by all and pupils commented, It makes learning fun.
  • The Learning Challenge Curriculum stimulates interests and enables pupils to practise their reading, writing and mathematical skills in other subjects. It contributes to the pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by providing a range of opportunities to study other cultures and religions. Pupils in a Year 3 class were engrossed in a lesson about the Jewish religion and the importance of the Torah, and in a Year 5 class studying ancient Egypt, pupils enthusiastically took part in an activity which involved being an estate agent selling a pyramid.
Windmill Hill Primary School

Extract from the Ofsted report:
  • The very broad and balanced curriculum is effectively planned and delivered. Staff plan different aspects of the curriculum around a number of broad enquiry questions that are designed to spark pupils curiosity. For example, Year 2 pupils have recently developed their skills in a range of subjects by answering the question, Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet? This diverse and engaging curriculum plays a vital role in sustaining pupils thirst for knowledge while greatly expanding their understanding of the world.
St Marys CofE Primary School




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