The Learning Challenge Curriculum
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.
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.
Further information can be found in the Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum section of the SEND INFORMATION REPORT 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 for further information.
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