The New Curriculum
We began following the revised National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 in September 2014. You can find out what is in the National Curriculum by following this link.
Parents can see the raised expectations for Reading, Writing and Mathematics in the documents below. The information covers the knowledge children will gain, and the skills they will develop in order to acquire that knowledge. Please select the link for the year group you are interested in.
The Learning Challenge Curriculum
At Ladybridge Primary School, following the changes to the National Curriculum made in 2014, we decided to change the way our topics are taught to make it a much more exciting and meaningful way of learning. Our topic based work is now an exciting ‘Learning Challenge’ Curriculum.
The Learning Challenge approach is designed to develop thinking skills and encourage greater participation and involvement. It requires deep thinking and encourages our pupils to work using a question as the starting point. This means that our learning will be focused around questions.
Each half term the children will be introduced to a new Learning Challenge, which will be in the form of a question. Knowledge Organisers will esablish what children already know about a theme, and allow them to question areas they would like to find out more about; this is used to plan for the rest of the half term. Each week will then begin with a further question that we will try to answer or solve. We will be researching, presenting, designing and making in order to answer and solve lots of question challenges. A homework project will be linked to the learning challenge each half term, these are displayed throughout the school for the children to share and discuss.
Our Learning Challenges have adriver subject, which is the main focus of the half term, this is either Science, History or Geography. Links are also made to additional national curriculum subjects which include Science, Geography, History, Art and Design and Technology. At times, where appropriate, they may also include links to other subjects that we are also learning such as Music, Dance, Computing, Maths, English and PSHE
Here are some example learning challenges:
- Would you rather be a penguin or a meerkat?
- Were the Vikings always victorious?
- Why do we love to be beside the seaside?
- Are you strong enough?