Designing Pre and Post Learning Challenges Across the Curriculum

by Tim Nelson
Designing Pre and Post Learning Challenges Across the Curriculum

REF: DPPLC

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+ Description
This book provides teachers with examples of ready-made pre and post learning challenges for all National Curriculum subjects across Key Stages 1 and 2. These easy-to-use resources enable teachers to accurately assess pupils before planning their lessons and then again after the lessons to check progress. This can ensure pupils are in the right ability groupings for every lesson. The process can also help teachers in planning effective differentiation in foundation subjects; often a key issue in subject inspections.

This book explains how the process can be used effectively and includes blank templates so teachers can design their own challenges based on the specific context and curriculum of their school. Using this process teachers can ensure that they, 'assess pupils' learning and progress regularly and accurately', as described in the Ofsted grade descriptors for Good teaching.

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ISBN: 978-1-909038-15-8
Product Reference: DPPLC
Format: Book and CD
Pages: 69
Printing: Black
Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 21 x 1cm
Publisher: Focus Education UK Ltd
Published Date: Jun 2013
Revision Date(s): Apr 2014

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+ Reviews
"During our latest inspection there was a big focus on the wider curriculum and they were blown away with the Learning Challenge and how we'd weaved enquiry based thinking across the whole curriculum."
Holy Family Catholic School

"Already the children, staff and parents are engaged and enthused by their new themes and the learning that has already taken place in 3 days is phenomenal. We have them hooked!"
Adswood Primary

"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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