Activity: What is the most important
ingredient in a learning experience?
Teacher Focus Pupil Focus
Knowledge versus Skills
And how you manage it…….
‘Life isn’t about finding
yourself. Life is about
George Bernard Shaw
“Education is a self-organising
system, where learning is an
We pride ourselves on creating a curriculum which
grows the gifts in our learners and unearths talents
Term Title Trigger/ inspiration Professional Links Finale/ Showcase
1 Identity London Tour
Royal Academy of
Dance and Animator
2 People on The Move Aboriginal Art Handprint Theatre
3 Myths and Legends
The Brit School
Performance at the
4 Freedom and Rights Museum of London
5 City of Culture The Lion King Handprint Theatre Performance
The War Horse & The
2 Year Project Cycle: 4 Vital Ingredients
Why Create and perform?
“Perform and Create” require the highest form of
processing and synthesis of concepts.
What we learned from the pupils in Year 1:
•Language FAST TRACK
„Normally in this assessment what I would get is
„dog‟, „cat‟, „fish‟ but this year I also got „ lion‟,
„warthog‟, „gnu‟ „antelope‟. I thought, hold on a
minute what‟s this. Not only did pupils have a much
wider vocabulary but they were using catagorisation
which is a much higher level skill. The real life
exposure to this language has led to much more
Judy Lamprecht Speech and language Therapist St Georges Hospital
Language Fast Track
"Young people united in a shared commitment and passion for
creating art can overcome all difficulties of communication to
create theatre of the highest quality."
Assistant Director of Theatre - Brit School
Experiential learning helps our students build
a better understanding of the world.18
Participating in project work builds a sense
of community and encourages inclusion.
Tamar Community Project
"Oak Lodge enables its students to access information as directly as possible.
The students express their opinions really clearly, they are engaged. And when
OLS staff work with the students I was really impressed at how they stretch
them and expect only the best."
Jonathan Huxley - Artist 20
'Innovation is the fuel that drives the global
economy and it must be fostered in our
'School of tomorrow‟ www.mmiweb.org.uk
Teachers say that there is now more…..
Active learning Shared observations
Risk taking Peer learning Motivation
Innovation Learning from professionals
"I feel that because I‟m part of the Enquiring
Minds Team….I feel more confident in being able
to apply the “Enquiring Minds” approach to my
own teaching. If I wasn't part of Enquiring Minds I
would never be able to do this. So Thank you for
putting me in Enquiring Minds."
Karthik Vijayanandam (Maths Teacher)
"All were involved in the creative
process. It proved a great source
of inspiration for creative writing
and thinking and was a fantastic
way of extending the pupils'
vocabulary. Students were
extremely motivated and it
improved their self-confidence.
The acting motivated the students
during literacy sessions to read
more Greek stories. They then
planned, created and wrote their
own creative story. The pupils
were empowered in their own
Ben Turner, English Co-ordinator
Let's Create- Brit School collaboration
Improvisation Peer Learning Drama and Music!
Historical and geographical understanding
Language applicationProblem solving
Spontaneous thinking and learning
The considerable breadth and balance of the
curriculum adds significantly to pupils‟
experience of school.” (OFSTED 2012)26
Enjoyment = Involvement = Achievement
Assessment for Learning
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, we've
all got them!
PLTS ….a great idea but impractical
So we made them into……
Working with others allows
ideas to grow in unexpected
and challenging ways.
S is a very good
teacher, he always
asked for our ideas and
asked how we felt. I
liked answering his
questions, they were
hard, I didn‟t always
get them right.
DL Year 7 Oak Lodge
Working thematically provides a springboard for
creative thinking and allows teachers to experience
success in delivering content in new ways.
If you are going ahead with 'Project Based Learning„ or
„Enquiry based Learning‟
WARNING: Do not proceed into this curriculum without first agreeing on whole
school value and understanding of:
•Assessment for learning
•Delivering to large groups
•Pupil led enquiry
Staff involved should show resilience, ingenuity, initiative, flexibility and a desire
to learn. Give these staff planning time and support them to work together
•It will also help to start from a great trigger, involve pupils in planning and
record the process
Keep in mind
• Real life experience and application is most effective,
either as the topic or trigger or showcase.
• Ask pupils at first opportunity what they know about this
topic/ what questions they already have/what they
might be interested in knowing
• Allow pupils to explore their own interests and leads
within the topic and at times ask them to think about
their own success criteria for their work.
Ideas to peruse
• Guy Claxtons's 8 Magnificent Qualities for Learning from ' What's the
Point of School„
• Questioning Skills, teacher and learner. blooms Taxonomy see diagram.
• Project based learning( International Primary Curriculum, Enquiring Minds
from Future Lab, the Engaging Schools Program from the Innovation unit,
The Power of Projects (Guy Claxton)
• The New Primary Curriculum
• TASC Wheel for Planning
• WALT & TIBS
Wandsworth Dragons Den
The highest national contextual
value-added score between Key
Stage 2 and GCSE.