Our Curriculum: REAL Projects
At Carclaze Primary School, we have embraced the principles of project based learning, providing a creative, inclusive and challenging curriculum which inspires and motivates children and supports high quality learning.
Within REAL projects, children develop skills and knowledge through work focused on answering an essential question. The projects must be ‘Rigorous’, be shared with ‘Authentic’ audiences, ‘Engaging’ and the children must ‘Learn’ throughout.
Starting from the child : All pupils are taught the core subjects of English, Maths, Computing and Science, and wherever possible this is integrated into the themed project alongside the foundation subjects. Each topic is usually based around a strong Science/Geography/History theme and therefore these subjects may not appear to be taught through every theme. Religious Education is an important area of the curriculum and is taught either through the creative curriculum or as a separate lesson.
We start planning projects from the interests of our children and then design learning opportunities that are relevant and engaging and have real world outcomes. Teachers then plan the outcomes ensuring they always start with the children at the heart of the planning and then what will excite and motivate children in class.
Immersive classrooms: Our classrooms are created each term to enable children to be fully immersed in their project. You will see tables and chairs but also a rich and exciting learning environment.
Challenge based learning: Children are given challenges and they then apply their skills and make choices to solve the problems. Children work together to solve real world problems which are relevant and engaging. These challenges develop knowledge, understanding, problem solving and collaborative skills.
Peer Critique: We use peer critique to allow the children to improve on their work. Critique is a robust peer-to-peer assessment protocol proven to accelerate progress in any year group. By following the ‘golden rules’ of being Kind, Helpful & Specific all children can produce beautiful work of which they are immensely proud.
Parental Involvement: We believe that parent partnership is key to promoting learning beyond the school gates and crucial in ensuring children make the best possible progress. We pride ourselves on our open and approachable nature which encourages parents to be involved in their children’s learning. Parents are regularly invited into school to celebrate their child's work through parent evenings, project exhibition, to help on trips or as volunteers within the school.