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 on Sustainability, which a year 8 class completed. This has now been moved into Year 7 as a project and we are currently working with Newcastle University to develop a project on Climate Change, which Year 8 groups are currently completing.

The Newcastle University teacher guide, Planning curriculum-embedded PBL with real world connections includes examples from our PBL work and can be found here.