Learning Challenge Curriculum

Themed curriculum

Our Learning Challenge curriculum is our thematic curriculum where some subjects are planned to complement each other. Each half term classes from years 1 to 6 will have a Prime Learning Challenge that focus the half term’s learning. Six weeks before, the learning Challenges are broken into weekly focuses following pre-learning activities. Children and teachers carry out pre-learning activities to ensure that the Prime Learning Challenge are relevant, follow the children’s interests and are pitched at the right level for cohorts of children. This is one of the ways in which we ensure we motivate our children and ensure they achieve highly.

The main subjects are called the focus, subjects that are less of a focus are called ‘enhancers.’ Science is taught discreetly from the Learning Challenge Curriculum most of the time, except if it is linked to the Learning Challenge. Due to the mixed age classes we have two cycles of Learning Challenges.

 

During the Academic Year 2015/16 our topics are focused upon Cycle 2 of our Learning Challenges

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
KS1 Do you think Goldilocks should say sorry?

 

Focus: Geography

Enhancer: PSHCE 

Are computer games more fun that Grandma’s and Granddad’s games?

Focus: History

Enhancer: Art

So where is Barnaby Bear off to now? India

Focus: Geography

Enhancer: Dance 

Who lives in a house like this?

Focus: Geography
Enhancer: DT 

Where would my space rocket take me?

 

Focus: History

Enhancer: Science 

Why did the Titanic sink?

 

Focus: History 

Year 3 and Year 4 Who first lived in Britain?

 

Focus: History

Enhancer: Pre-historic art 

Who is a superhero in my community?

Focus: Geography
Enhancer: DT

Why oh why was there a WW2?

Focus: History

Enhancer: Art 

What is so special about Africa?

Focus: Geography
Enhancer: Dance 

What was it like in Manchester 1850-1900?

 
Focus: History 

What’s all this fuss about chocolate?

Focus: Geography

Enhancer: DT

Year 5 and Year 6 Were Anglo-Saxons nice neighbours?

Focus: History
Enhancer: DT

Do you see what I see?

Focus: Art
Enhancer: History 

Why was the Islamic ‘Golden age?’

Focus: History
Enhancer: Art

DT project  When and why did Chorlton become so popular?
Focus: History/geography 
Why should we all be interested in Brazil and the Amazon?

Focus: Geography
Enhancer: Dance

 

 

How the whole school approaches the first cycle

  Key Stage 1 Key Stage 3/4 Key Stage 5/6
Autumn 1 Why don’t tigers and polar bears live in Manchester?

Focus: Geography
Enhancer: ICT- Reports
Science: Animals including humans (Biology) 

Why were the Romans so powerful?

Focus: History
Enhancer: Art
Science: Animals including humans (Biology)

Why did the Vikings invade?

Focus: History
Enhancer: Drama
Science:
Year 5 - Properties and changes in materials (chemistry)
Year 6 - Animals including humans (Biology)

Autumn 2 How do you build a car?

Focus: DT
Science: Everyday materials (Chemistry)

Why is the Mersey so important to Liverpool and Manchester?

Focus: Geography
Enhancer: Music
Science: Rocks (Chemistry)

What makes the world angry?

Focus: Geography
Enhancer: Art
Science:
Year 5- Light (Physics)
Year 6 - Living things and habitats (Biology)

Spring 1 What was Britain like when queen came to throne 1953?

Focus: History
Enhancer: Art
Science: Seasonal Changes (Yr 1) Habitats (Yr 2

How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?

Focus: History
Enhancer: DT
Science: Plants (Biology) 

Has Greece always been in the news?

Focus: History
Enhancer: Art
Science:
Year 5 - Earth and Space (Physics)
Year 6 - Light

Spring 2 WHOLE SCHOOL THEME
Science: Working scientifically 
WHOLE SCHOOL THEME
Science: Working scientifically 
WHOLE SCHOOL THEME
Science: Working scientifically 
Summer 1 What would an explorer find exciting about my city?

Focus: Geography
Science: Plants (Biology)

DT project

Science: Light (Physics)

Why will I get the right to vote?

Focus: History Enhancer: Drama
Science:
Year 5 - Forces (Physics)
Year 6 - Electricity (Physics)

Summer 2 Why, oh why, was there such a big fire?

Focus: History
Enhancer: DT
Science: Plants (Biology) 

What is so special about Italy?

Focus: Geography
Enhancer: Art
Science: Sound (Physics)

Why is London such a cool place to live?

Focus: Geography
Enhancer: ICT
Science:
Year 5 - Animals including humans/ Living things and habitats (Biology)
Year 6 - Evolution and inheritance (Biology)

 

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