The Learning Challenge Curriculum
As of September 2018 at Ingleton C of E Primary School we are in the process of reviewing and adapting our curriculum. We felt that our pupils needed a more challenged based curriculum where the curriculum is designed around their needs and interests. In order to do this we have invested in the principles of ‘The Learning Challenge Curriculum’ from https://www.focus-education.co.uk/blog/learning-challenge-curriculum-1/
The curriculum is built around the principle of allowing a greater pupil autonomy in their learning. It recognises the importance of deeper levels of knowledge and understanding to underpin pupils’ thinking, promoting working at greater depth.
The Learning Challenge Curriculum is built around deep thinking and encourages pupils to learn using a question as a starting point.
Our Long Term Curriculum Overview
Planning a Learning Challenge Curriculum: Pre-Learning Tasks
Pre-learning tasks ensure that learners are directly involved in the planning process. Well planned pre-learning tasks help to bring out what learners already know; what misconceptions they may have and what really interests them.
We then take account of the outcomes from pre-learning tasks to plan subsidiary learning challenges for each major area of study matching these to pupil’s needs and interests.
To ensure that learners are immediately ‘hooked’ by the main content they are exploring, the Learning Challenge Curriculum believes that the introduction to each new theme be given careful consideration. The idea is to create a very powerful stimulus that immediately grabs hold of the learners’ interest e.g. through a visit to a special place of interest or by involving visitors coming into the classroom. An example of this is our recent work with Scouted Education and our Stone Age Workshop in our Y3 / Y4 class.
Improving Learners’ Knowledge & Understanding and Development of Appropriate Skills
Continuity and progression in the Learning Challenge Curriculum is built around a set of matrices known as Key Skills and Essential Knowledge and Understanding within subject disciplines. These are broken into Year Group expectations and have additional challenges for able learners.
Reflecting on Learning and Demonstrate Working at Greater Depth
Time for learners to reflect or review their learning is central to the whole process. This is in keeping with the ‘Learning to Learn’ principles where reflection is seen as a very important part of individuals’ learning programme.
In addition, this aspect provides opportunities for pupils to master the skills and knowledge for the aspect they have been studying, ultimately working at greater depth.
To see details of our work and our curriculum in action please click on the Our Classes section of our website and select the class you wish to view. We are currently updating our medium term and long term planning cycles for each year group and these will be added each term to the ‘Our Classes’ section of the website.
Pupils are set challenge homework each term which link to each classes current topic. Activities take many different forms and can include designing and making models, visiting local historical / geographical areas of interests, designing fact sheets, writing reports etc. Details of these can also be found in the ‘Our Classes’ section.
Reading and Phonics
The approach we use to the teaching of phonics is Read, Write Inc.
Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. Children learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. It is a highly successful whole-school approach to the teaching of reading, writing and phonics and has been acknowledged by the DfE as meeting all its criteria for an effective phonics teaching programme.
Why it works….
Read, Write Inc. combines five clear steps to ensure real success in literacy:
- A systematic and dynamic whole-school approach
- High quality literacy teaching
- Inspiring whole-school literacy training
- Effective assessment and grouping
- Keeps parents fully supported
If you wish to find out more about the Read Write Inc scheme their website has a variety of useful videos and information for parents.
These include videos / presentations about:
- Understanding Phonics.
- What is Read Write Inc Phonics.
- How to say the sounds.
- Why read to your child?
- The Phonic Screening Check ……………and much more. Please just click on the link below:
Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)
PSHE Education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. As part of the National Curriculum schools must also ensure that they promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. They must also promote British values
In our school we use the Jigsaw programme https://www.jigsawpshe.com/
What is Jigsaw, and how does it work?
Designed as a whole-school approach, Jigsaw aims to equip children for life, helping them really know and value who they are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
Jigsaw has two aims for all children:
• To build their capacity for learning
• To equip them for life
Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A variety of teaching strategies are used and are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.
This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school, and encourages children to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.
Click on the leaflets below for further guidance:
Votes for Schools
Ingleton C of E Primary School have subscribed to VotesforSchools. VotesforSchools provides effective delivery of SMSC (including British values) and Prevent. It supports SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship. Debating a weekly VoteTopic provides the opportunity for discussion of topical, sometimes controversial, issues. It allows pupils to live and experience British values in an engaging way.
Special Educational Needs
At Ingleton CofE Primary School, we strongly believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
Please see the SEND section on our website and also our SEND information report.
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