Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning was introduced as an important part of our curriculum to widen and extend the learning experience of our children; to inspire curious learners, foster a collaborative based approach to interdisciplinary learning and to develop independent.
In week 2 of our timetable, all pupils will be engaged in PBL activities around school. Each year group has a different focus and within each year a carousel of 3 termly activities operates, so pupils participate in all 3 projects throughout the year.
Pupils will be taught the necessary content and given information needed, but will also have
opportunities to work autonomously, developing their projects within their groups and utilising their skills, whilst developing and learning new ones such as problem solving, decision making, communication skills, research skills, ICT and time resource and time management.
The outcome will be different in each project, some producing a written piece, whilst others produce a documentary or a piece of drama. These will be showcased throughout the year on Twitter, in the Newsletter, on the Website and in live performances.
In 2020 – 21 we worked with staff from Newcastle University to explore PBL pedagogy and possibility within the wider curriculum and developed a bespoke project, which a year 8 class are currently completing. The teacher guide, Planning curriculum-embedded PBL with real world connections can be found here.
This project involves pupils researching an issue which they feel strongly about; studying the history and
conventions of rap; working in groups to produce their own lyrics set to rhythm; and culminates in a
performance for an audience of their peers in the ‘Rap It Up’ Challenge. This project gives pupils the
opportunity to discuss and think deeply about an important, topical issue and how to communicate their
concerns or beliefs effectively using music to an audience.
Respect as an audience and resilience as performers are core values which are central to this project.
Students research, write and film a documentary about a chosen aspect of the local area. We explored the features of a documentary before learning about different filming and editing techniques. We then conducted some fieldwork and went to the sea front and filmed on location. As part of the filming, some groups conducted interviews with members of the public. The purpose was to show pride in the local area or
investigate an issue which interested the group. This was then filmed on location and edited by students
before presenting them to the class.
Students watch a section of the pilot of Friends and unpick the conventions of a TV drama. These conventions are used to create an idea for a new drama, which students continue to create and script. The key ideas of setting, characterisation and creation of drama are explored. Once complete, students then create a Dragons Den style pitch to sell their ideas to a local TV station.