The Learning Challenge Approach to our Thematic Curriculum
At Somerlea Park, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which focuses on the development of children’s reading, writing, oracy and mathematical skills. We offer a positive climate where children are encouraged to develop their learning, practise their skills and become confident learners through cross curricular themes.
At Somerlea Park, we actively promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. We uphold and teach children about the fundamental ‘British Values’ which are defined as: democracy; rule of law; individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Cultural, Health and Emotional (PSCHE); Religious Education (R.E); Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) as well as through our assembly programme. Our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for children to explore these values.
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The Learning Challenge Curriculum
The Learning Challenge Approach to our thematic curriculum The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater pupil involvement in their work. It encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point (the Prime Learning Challenge). Using the information gained from pre-learning tasks, a series of subsidiary challenges are planned. Each these challenges are also expressed as questions.
These challenges are ‘small’ questions which help children to answer the BIG question (the Prime Learning Challenge). The pre-learning tasks inform teachers of what children already know; any misconceptions they may have and what really interests them. Teachers take account of this when they plan the learning challenges.
Lessons are planned to cover the knowledge, skills and understanding for each subject in the National Curriculum whilst encouraging children to actively generate, investigate, expand and reflect on their learning. Furthermore, this approach, gives children frequent opportunities to build on, practise and extend their literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum, as well as in their Maths and English lessons.
Please look at your child’s class curriculum information on the website to learn more about what your child is learning this term. Any questions – please don’t hesitate to ask!