What is the Learning Challenge Curriculum?
At Windmill Hill Primary School we have worked with education consultants Focus Education to introduce the 'Learning Challenge Curriculum'. This is not a list of specific topics to cover or knowledge to impart, as the areas of study and skills to be taught are provided by the National Curriculum. However, it is a way of organising a series of lessons which captures the interests of the children and makes the learning relevant to them, whilst meeting the National Curriculum requirements.
What are the aims at Windmill Hill?
The aims of our Learning Challenge Curriculum are for our children to:
- Enjoy learning
- Feel successful in their learning and to promote high self esteem
- Become creative, independent learners
- Be given significant time to learn new skills and have time to practise those skills
- Have the flexibility to decide how best to learn in different situations
- Have the flexibility to decide what they are going to learn and how
- Be given the opportunity to decide upon the final outcome of their learning
- Be able to set own targets for learning
- Know what their strengths are and which areas they need to develop
- Be able to evaluate and assess their own learning
How is the Learning Challenge Curriculum organised?
Each year group follows its own set of challenges that always has a 'primary driver' (either science, geography, history or RE). These Challenges are linked to the 2014 National Curriculum objectives appropriate to the Key Stage or year group.
Geography, history, science, art and design learning are planned for in the Learning Challenge curriculum (LCC). This means that instead of discrete lessons in the above subjects every week, they are all tied together under a Learning Challenge question.
RE can also be organised and taught through the Learning Challenge approach. This question will then be investigated over a length of time relevant to the Challenge; this could be a half term or a full term, or even over a week or two.
By the end of the Challenge, the children will have learnt everything required to be able to offer a response to the original question.
See year group pages for details of the Learning Challenge Questions for each year group.