The Learning Challenge Curriculum at Sheringham is a question-based approach to structuring and delivering the new National Curriculum.
Children explore science, history and geography themes, selecting or generating lines of enquiry after a 'WOW' immersion in the topic.
These units are always supported by creative arts (art, design and technology) or expressive arts (dance, music). English is embedded within these units, which gives our children the opportunity to read, write and talk for a purpose.
In order for our children to know about their locality, community and heritage, some of our Learning Challenges are very specific to London. We make use of the local area and local people to bring the learning alive, helping children to find out about the world in which they live.
At the end of each Learning Challenge, children celebrate the learning journey they have been on through an outcome, where they bring together and present their new knowledge, understanding and skills to a variety of audiences. Parents are often invited in for these experiences, so keep your eye on the newsletter!
Our Curriculum Overview for next year is attached below so you can see what each year group is learning in each term, with our Subject Guide outlining progression within the non-core subjects. Further detail, including the curriculum for science, can be found in the National Curriculum.
Learning Challenges 2017-2018
Sheringham children love to talk about their learning! Here is a short video of children from Year 1 to Year 6, reflecting on a recent Learning Challenge and explaining what they enjoyed most about the learning experiences.
Our Computing curriculum enables children to learn key skills and develop their understanding regarding programming, computer systems and e-safety.
They might be writing a program to make a LEGO crocodile snap its jaws, learning about how to keep credit card details safe online, or using iPads to create their own soundtrack to a film.
In the lower years children use a program called ‘Just 2 Easy’, which allows them to take their first steps in computing in a very engaging way. As we move through the school, children will use a program called ‘Scratch’ in a variety of contexts – from creating an educational game to producing their own app. Children develop programming skills, generating commands by selecting and order different functions to make a program for a specific purpose.
As well as teaching these discrete computing skills, we also enable children to develop generic ICT skills, such as word processing and internet research skills, as part of their learning in other areas of the curriculum. For example, children may learn to use PowerPoint to make a presentation for parents, as part of their learning about Roman Britain. Be it through using Android tablets to learn a language, recording their learning through film or using laptops to program a LEGO monster, we ensure that children begin to develop the skills they need for 21st century life.
RE is taught through ‘Why?’ weeks at the start of every term.
The Sheringham RE curriculum is based on the Newham Agreed Syllabus, which is updated regularly to keep up with local and global changes. Teaching ensures that our pupils know about a range of religions, have opportunities to express ideas. ask questions and gain skills and confidence in engaging with and challenging world views, locally as well as globally.
RE at Sheringham promotes British Values, ensuring that all members of the community understand each individual's right to believe what they wish, as long as it doesn't hurt anybody, as well as mutual respect and tolerance for people of different cultures. RE does not promote nor undermine any religion or belief system.
PSHE is embedded throughout the curriculum, with teachers promoting it through science, geography, history and also philosophy lessons.
In addition, specific learning will focus on the three core themes:
- Core theme 1- Health and well-being.
- Core theme 2- Relationships.
- Core Theme 3-Living in the wider world: Economic well-being and being a responsible citizen.
The content of the themes will differ from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 to reflect the needs of the pupils. By exploring these ‘real life’ themes, pupils learn life skills and how to be responsible global citizens for now and for the future.
The teaching of SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) follows our school Policy and supports children in developing safe relationships, self esteem and making well informed decisions.
Beyond the classroom, whole-school and class assemblies are carefully planned to cover issues that we face in the world today and to ensure the future well-being of every.