Learning Challenge Curriculum


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The materials available in this section will help leaders and teachers plan for an exciting and meaningful curriculum utilising the Learning Challenge ™ approach. The scheme of work has been developed to ensure that you will have full coverage of the National Curriculum. It follows the programmes of study for each year group. The materials are not intended to be used as a rigid scheme of work but rather as the basis for sparking ideas which will work in your school with your children. Many schools and academies have used these with staff as a starting point and then developed their own interpretations and ideas to meet the needs of their context.

  • In the first instance, there is an overview of each year group.
  • Each year group identifies the key and sticky knowledge pupils need to have placed into their long-term memory.
  • In addition, the overview provides the over-arching enquiry focus for each unit of work.
  • Where applicable, a quality text is mentioned. This could be used to bring the English and science learning closer together and create greater coherence and links across the subjects.
  • In most instances, a full scheme of work has been created for each unit.

"I tried my first learning challenge lesson today, and it was fantastic. We are in a very deprived area, where language is a real issue, however the mixed ability group I was working with managed to devise their own question and the talk that came out of it was amazing. So thank you."


Download the unit overview to learn more about each scheme of work

Year 1

National Curriculum Content

  • Identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles

Key Knowledge

  • Know and recognise main weather symbols
  • Know where the equator, North Pole and South Pole are on a globe

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Why can’t penguins live near the equator?

Quality Text

  • Lost and Found

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Why can’t meerkats live in the South Pole?

Quality Text

  • Meerkat Mail

National Curriculum Content

  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom

Key Knowledge

  • Know which is the hottest and coldest season in the UK

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Why is it always cold in winter?

Quality Text

  • Leaf Man

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National Curriculum Content

  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas
  • Use aerial photos, construct simple maps
  • Undertake simple fieldwork within school locality

Key Knowledge

  • Know the names of the four countries that make up the UK and name the three main seas that surround the UK
  • Know their address, including postcode
  • Know the main differences between city, town and village

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Where did (or do) the wheels on the bus go?

Quality Text

  • Naughty Bus

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Knowledge Mats

Each unit within the Learning Challenge has a knowledge mat which identifies the specific subject vocabulary that pupils need to use, the ‘sticky knowledge’ pupils need to acquire and recommended texts for reading.

View our case studies

See examples of how schools or academies have introduced the Learning Challenge Curriculum into their context.