At St-Mark's C of E Primary School we believe that learning should be fun, interactive and focused on children’s own personal learning goals. We are always looking for ways to develop our curriculum so that it is exciting, challenging and innovative. Our school uses the ‘Focus Learning Challenge Curriculum’ to ensure that each child receives a broad and balanced curriculum which involves enquiry based thinking . The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point. In designing the curriculum teachers and learners are using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from pre-learning tasks and the school’s context, a series of challenges are then planned. Each learning challenge is also expressed as a question.
The important point is that the learning challenges need to make sense to the learners and be something that is within their immediate understanding.
Through exciting and dynamic learning challenges, not only new knowledge, but also the development of lifelong skills, attributes and attitudes which we believe will serve our children well and into their adult lives.
Our aim is to provide learning opportunities which;
Encourages children to gain ownership of their learning
Motivates and challenges
Ensures children enjoy their learning
Enable them develop the skills for working together
Provides a secure and happy environment
Gives them opportunities to take on responsibilities
Ensures they are given choices
Encourages them become skilled independent and collaborative
Provides opportunities to shape their views and explain their opinions