Learning Challenge Curriculum

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Introduction

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.

For the past few years we have followed Focus Education’s Learning Challenge Curriculum for Science, History and Geography and we absolutely love it! It’s super engaging, allows for challenge and most importantly is fun for us to teach!!! Would never look back now!

SELECT YOUR YEAR GROUP TO VIEW EACH OVERVIEW OF PLANNING:

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

Year 1

National Curriculum Content

  • Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life

Key Knowledge

  • Know that the toys their grandparents played with were different to their own
  • Organise a number of artefacts by age
  • Know what a number of older objects were used for
  • Know the main differences between their school days and that of their grandparents

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Why are ipads more fun than my grandparents’ toys?

Quality Text

  • Dogger

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • What has changed since my grandparents were young?

Quality Text

  • Did I ever tell you about when your grandparents were young?
Unit Long Term Plan

*We don't currently have a scheme of work available

National Curriculum Content

  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods

Key Knowledge

  • Pupils should know what the word ‘famous’ means
  • Pupils should know the names of some famous people from the past.

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Would the Beatles have won the X Factor?

Quality Text

  • Elvis and his pelvis
Unit Long Term Plan

*We don't currently have a scheme of work available

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Who were famous when my mum and dad were little?

Quality Text

  • Peaceful protest
Unit Long Term Plan

*We don't currently have a scheme of work available

National Curriculum Content

  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London,]

Key Knowledge

  • Know about an event or events that happened long ago, even before their grandparents were born
  • Know what we use today instead of a number of older given artefacts

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Why did the Great Fire of London start?

Quality Text

  • Vlad and the Great Fire of London

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.