To succeed in the 21st century and to succeed against the odds, we believe that our curriculum needs to provide all children with the opportunities to acquire expertise in the basics and subject disciplines as well as developing their character, skills, critical thinking and leadership. We aim for our children from an early age to think deeply, ask intelligent questions and debate moral and social issues. We especially believe that our children will be more able to forge their own future and change the world for the better if they can communicate and present themselves with clarity.
We make this possible by making learning purposeful and meaningful. We do this by teaching the national curriculum through the use of REAL projects which combine head, heart and hand – applying knowledge, developing skills, and learning self-confidence.
R = Rigorous
E = Engaging
A = Authentic
L = Learning
REAL projects allow teachers to create lessons and activities around a single purpose that leads to a high quality end product which is exhibited to an authentic audience. Projects are rigorously designed and planned to cover all aspects of the national curriculum whilst at the same time providing a rich, real life learning experience.
This way of learning allows our students to develop their own self-confidence and creativity, as well as develop skills that prepare them for a world outside of school. All of our projects have an oracy element and, alongside discreet oracy lessons, support the development of speaking and listening. See below for some examples of excellence through our project-based learning approach.
Year 2 had to answer the question - 'What happened in 1666?
Their purpose was to create an animated film of the Great Fire of London. They worked alongside an animator who critiqued their work. The children wrote scripts, created music as well as developing presenting and computing skills - they learned some history along the way too!