Learning Challenge Curriculum 2019-21
See below for an example of parts 1 - 6 of our Learning Challenge Curriculum. You will also find parts 2 and 3 for each year group, along with photos of them in action, on our curriculum overview pages.
Cross-curricular links to Literacy:
The class books we select as key texts for our English teaching and learning complement and support our Learning Challenge Curriculum. Some of these books link directly to the development of core knowledge within our curriculum. For example, ‘Pebble in my Pocket’ is explored in Year 3 to develop and deepen knowledge of the formation of volcanoes, with children writing purposefully to explain this process. In Year 6, ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ helps children to understand the complex issue of persecution in the Second World War and provides an important alternative perspective to the question ‘What would World War Two have been like for me?’
Other class books link to key ideas and themes within our curriculum learning: ‘Pugs of the Frozen North’ engages children in an adventure story set in the same climate as Iceland, the country which children study in comparison to our own city, Sheffield. All our class books are rich in language and experiences and are taught using the CLPE’s Power of Reading approach. This approach encourages active engagement in the texts - through drama, discussion, art and writing - supporting our pupils to think critically about human perspectives, experiences and values. These ideas are fundamental to developing children’s own voice and a respect for the voices of others.
Our purposeful and authentic writing outcomes linked to the Learning Challenge Curriculum are often included in our Proud Books, which are being developed across school. This gives pupils the opportunity to take pride in their writing, develop their own ‘writer’s voice’ and feel engaged as part of a community of writers.