Project 1: Place on a Pedestal

This unit will explore local/regional historical figures and the way they are celebrated and remembered through public monuments. It will look at the significant contributions of these people to the local area and consider how and why some people are placed ‘on a pedestal.’ It will also consider the strengths and the history of the North East and look at the qualities that best represent our region, and how a historical figure can represent those.

We will look at whether the standards used in the past are still relevant today and pupils will nominate their own local heroes to celebrate. Pupils will put together a presentation pitch to compete for the most deserving memorial.

Project 2: Sustainability

How can we be more sustainable in our day to day life?

Sustainability is ensuring that the planet and all of its resources can continue to maintain biodiversity and ensure that the planet can support future generations.

Problems arise when we don’t look after the resources we have and will increasingly arise if we fail to ensure there are enough resources for future generations. 

It is our job to make informed choices about the products we use and where they come from. Being a sustainable society means we need to make smart choices about the products we use, the lifestyles we live and how we can preserve non-renewable resources for generations to come.

Project 3: Learning to Learn

In this unit students will explore aspect of their own learning, based around the following questions:

  • What does learning to learn mean ?
  • How can it help you ?
  • Do you know your strengths and weaknesses as a learner ? 
  • What types of learning do you prefer and what do you need to improve ?
  • How does this relate to our core values ?
  • Where is your motivation on the 4 scale stage ?
  • How independent are you in your learning ?
  • What skills do you need to be a good learner?
  • What learning skills do you think your hero/learning hero needed to have ?
  • What skills do you learn in the classroom or around school that you can use in life that are not subject specific ?

The aim is to increase awareness of the different ways we can learn, how we can make independent choices in aspects of our learning and be self-reflective in the way we do this. Each week, pupils will be required to put theory into practice as each identified element of learning will be attached to a particular subject in school.

Each week, the work will be attached to a curriculum area to give it more relevance;

  1. Language and Memory/PE and team/group work
  2. Art and independent Tasks/ Mathematics and Resilience
  3. Humanism and Roles in lessons/ Science and revision
  4. Problem Solving Outdoor Ed/Extended writing English