This publication is the ideal answer for planning thematic work within the new National Curriculum.
- It can be used with any curriculum model and could also be an assessment tool for foundation subjects;
- It is an up-to-date document which looks at the use of knowledge, skills and understanding within the new National Curriculum framework.
- It breakdowns the key stage unit requirements for: science, history & geography, computing, art, DT, music, dance, foreign languages and physical education;
- Each section is set out in year group expectation and in most cases adds a set of challenging KSU for each age group.
"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 had 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 don’t envision we’ll 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:
Windmill Hill Primary School
- 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.
Extract from the Ofsted report:
St Mary’s CofE Primary School
- 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.