Other areas to consider

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You can find out more about these approaches in the resources section.

Rosendale Primary School, Lambeth

Rosendale Primary School in Lambeth have written about ‘How we learn what we learn’. The book covers how the school developed its approach drawing on ideas around negotiated learning, project based learning and co-operative learning, feedback, and pupil voice.

The principles of curriculum design at Rosendale can be summarised in the following way.

  • Children should find their learning challenging, engaging and motivating. The curriculum should actively and explicitly encourage high aspirations and sustained effort.
  • The curriculum should be broad enough to give expression to a wide range of experiences
  • There should be opportunities to progress, develop skills and knowledge through the structured side of the curriculum – each stage builds on previous understanding. The approach is about helping to understand rather than just remember.
  • The curriculum should enable personalisation of each child’s learning journey and empower learner choice.
  • It must be relevant and coherent, with links between different aspects of learning, opportunities for extended learning.
  • A clear philosophy should underpin the curriculum – which extends to the whole learning community – children, teachers, support staff, parents, carers.

Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland

The curriculum in Scotland has been redeveloped to provide a more flexible and enriched approach from 3-18. It is based around four capacities – to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

The Curriculum for Excellence website explains how the curriculum was developed and organised, and how it continues to evolve.

Subject based approaches

The Institute of Ideas set out the value of a subject based curriculum in this publication.

Futurelab at NFER: Enquiring Minds

This project aimed to develop an innovative approach to curriculum and pedagogy centred on learners using an enquiry-based learning style. It wanted to explore what a fully personalised curriculum would look like - one in which young learners are able to develop autonomy and independence, have the ability to work effectively with others, are resilient when faced with challenges, are able to celebrate success and deal with disappointment, and have a clear sense that what they do in school is meaningful and useful to them.

The research from the project is available here.