The Federation uses the ‘Learning Challenge Curriculum’.
It is an approach to curriculum planning which is now being used in over 1,000 primary schools in England. The approach is based on securing greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point. It has been described as a curriculum for ‘intelligent schools’.
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 subsidiary challenges are then planned. Each subsidiary learning challenge is also expressed as a question. Importantly, the learning challenges need to make sense to the learners and be something that is within their immediate understanding.
The Prime Learning Question is displayed in classrooms’ Learning Challenge Working Walls upon which children add questions and develop their own small questions which further drive their learning.
These learning walls provide reminders of learning and help children to develop understanding of both the knowledge and skills of the focus subject area and the cross curricular links made throughout the term. These walls develop and adapt to the children’s needs – never static! They display examples of children’s work as well as providing opportunities for the children to review where they have reached in their quest for more information to answer their questions.
‘Creativity is intelligence having fun’
‘Creativity is contagious pass it on!’
The Creative Curriculum aims to:
- Provide a broad and balanced curriculum
- Encourages teachers to make learning vivid, real and meaningful with many first-hand experiences
- Build up children’s confidence and motivation to learn through the use of a range of learning and teaching styles
- Embed key skills in order to prepare children for real-life and everyday situations
- Provide opportunities to apply knowledge and learning in practical ways
- Develop an enjoyment in all their learning
- Stimulate our children’s natural curiosity and give them confidence to be curious
- Provide ‘WOW’ moments which engage the children from the start of their learning
- Engage children through the use of creative learning challenge questions
- Involve children in the decision making about their learning, allowing children choice and independence
- Ensure children know what they are learning and why
- Allow time to engage, reflect and review – including peer and self-assessment
- Use a wealth of relevant resources – in classroom, outdoors, in the local community and the wider area including visits and visitors
- Allow children to demonstrate their learning in different ways: posters, presentations, performances, historic and other themed days
- Promote personal, social and spiritual aspects of the curriculum
- Encourage teachers to develop each child’s confidence, self-discipline and understanding of their learning
The Federation of St Elphege's & Regina Coeli Catholic schools believe that CREATIVE LEARNING encourages a climate for young people to explore how to apply their knowledge in original ways and with purpose:
‘Tell me and I forget; show me and I will remember but if you involve me I will understand.’