Learning Challenge

Foundation subjects are generally taught through our Learning Challenge curriculum. It is based around a series of prime and subsidiary learning challenges – all expressed as questions. The aim is to deepen learners’ thinking and encourage them to be more intimately involved in their learning. As well as enquiry themes for specific year groups, the children also enjoy schoolwide theme weeks or days linked to national events and celebrations or international days.

The key drivers of our Learning Challenge approach:

  • It is planned around the distinctive needs of our children – the learners are involved in shaping the planning process through a pre-learning task where teachers find out what the children already know, what they want to know and any misconceptions they have.
  • It is enquiry based to promote curiosity. All learning challenges are expressed as questions.
  • It is outcomes driven to raise standards.
  • It embeds the application of basic skills across the curriculum so children can practise their basic skills in many contexts.
  • Cross-curricular (where meaningful), without losing the subject specific skills and knowledge.
  • Children are “hooked” by the theme they are exploring from the outset; we begin each theme with a powerful stimulus that grabs the learner.
  • It integrates Building Learning Power. We want our children to develop the habits and capacities that enable them to be lifelong successful learners.
  • Children have the opportunity to reflect on the learning that has taken place and see the bigger picture.

Nursery & Reception

Nursery and Reception have 4 learning challenge themes per year, which change on a 2 year cycle. These are the prime learning challenges for Nursery and Reception.

Cycle A

What do i know about me?

This learning challenge will look at differences and similarities between ourselves and others, our likes and dislikes, what we are good at, and what we are proud of about ourselves. We will identify different family members. We will learn about Birthdays and how we celebrate them, and how they are celebrated around the world. We will also learn about different parts of our body and what they do.

Who can i ask for help?

This learning challenge will look at people who help us. We will learn how the post office works, which will include a visit to the post office to post a letter home. We will also learn about the role of Police officers, Doctors and Fire fighters.

Who are the famous characters inside my books?

This learning challenge looks at the characters in our favourite stories, and what we can learn from them. We will learn about friendship, communicating, co-operation and problem solving.

What would you find at the farm?

This learning challenge looks at what happens on a farm. We will visit a local farm and learn about different farm animals and how to care for them. We will learn the origin of dairy produce and where wool comes from. We will also learn about the lifecycle of a chicken, and will keep our own eggs in an incubator and see them hatch and take care of the chicks.

Cycle B

Who lives in my house?

This learning challenge will look our homes and the people who live with us. We will find out about our parents and carers and our extended family. We will learn about different types of houses, the rooms in our house and their different functions, and how to identify the address of our homes.

How do i get about?

This learning challenge will look at transport, and how we get to school. We will learn about different types of transport, like boats, trains, cars and planes. We will also learn about road safety.

What happened to jack’s beans?

This learning challenge will look at plants and vegetables. We will learn about planting seeds and what plants need to grow, and we will grow our own vegetable garden. We will also taste different types of vegetables to find out what we like and dislike. We will also learn about how bread and honey is made.

Who goes to the Ugly Bug Ball Party?

This learning challenge will look at different minibeasts. We will learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, and what a caterpillar needs to grow and change. We will also learn about ladybirds, spiders, slugs and snails.

Year 1

These are the prime learning challenges for year 1.

Is the Wii more fun than our grandparent’s toys?

This learning challenge will look at changes within living memory, what life was like when our parents and grandparents were young. We will also look at where our toys come from and how they are made.

Why were Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong very brave people?

This learning challenge looks at significant people in history and what they have contributed to the world.

Why can’t a meerkat live in the north pole?

This learning challenge looks at the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. We will also investigate animals that live in cold places like the North and South pole and how they stay warm.

Where did and do the wheels on the bus go?

This learning challenge looks at how we use maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and other countries. We will also look at how people travel around the country, and how transport has changed over the years.

Where do the leaves go in winter?

This learning challenge will look at seasons and weather patterns in the UK.

Year 2

These are the prime learning challenges for year 2.

What were the people who lived here like 100 years ago?

This learning challenge looks at events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally. What school was like 100 years ago and how it compares to our modern school. We will also be looking at what music and games people played 100 years ago.

What was it like when the queen came to the throne in 1953?

This learning challenge will be looking at the role of the Queen and her coronation, and what life was like for people in the 1950’s, how they dressed and what jobs they did.

Where would you prefer to live; England or Africa

This learning challenge will investigate the geographical similarities and differences between the England and countries in Africa. We will look at differences in climate, as well as exploring African culture and wildlife.

What would Dora the explorer/ ben 10 find exciting about Bradford?

This learning challenge will look at the geography of the school grounds and the key human and physical features of the surrounding environment.

Would you like to be beside the seaside?

This learning challenge will investigate seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK. We will look at where we go on holiday and why, and will look at seaside resorts and coastal towns, and how they are different to Bradford.

Year 3

These are the prime learning challenges for year 3.

Who first lived in Britain?

This learning challenge will look at early Brittons and settlers, including the stone, bronze and iron ages. We will find out what an archaeologist does and how they help us find out about history.

Why does the Earth get angry?

This learning challenge will look at the physical geography of the Earth. We will investigate volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. We will look at countries which have experienced earthquakes and tsunamis recently, and what impact it has had on the local people.

Has Greece always been in the news?

This learning challenge looks at ancient and modern Greece. We will look at where Greece is located, it’s physical features and climate. We will also investigate the lifestyle and achievements of the ancient Greeks and their influence on us today.

Year 4

These are the prime learning challenges for year 4.

Why were the Norman castles certainly not bouncy?

This learning challenge looks at the Norman conquest, and what life was like in Norman England. We will learn about the Domesday Book, feudalism and Norman Culture. We will also be investigating Motte and Bailey castles.

Where would you choose to build a city?

This learning challenge looks at the geographical features of cities. We will investigate why rivers were important to the location of major cities, and learn about the local history of Bradford and why it became an important city in the United Kingdom.

What did the Romans ever do for us?
This learning challenge will look at ancient Rome and what impact they had on the modern world. We will also learn about significant people in ancient rome, including Ceasar, Augustus and Claudius.

Year 5

These are the prime learning challenges for year 5.

How could Hitler have convinced a nation like Germany to have followed him?

This learning challenge looks at Hitler’s invasion of Europe and World War 2. We will learn about how World war 2 started, the Munich treaty, the significance of the Battle of Britain and look at key figures in the war, including Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler. We will also investigate the suffering of Jewish people after Hitler came to power and what we can learn from the Anne Frank diaries.

Why should the rainforest be important to us all?
This learning challenge looks at rainforests. we will learn about the location and features of rainforests and how environmental and human impact is changing them. We will also learn about endangered animals that live in rainforests.

Year 6

These are the prime learning challenges for year 6.

Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious?

This learning challenge looks at the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England. We will learn about who the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings were, where they came from and how they came to Britain. We will also be investigating Viking settlements, looking at what life was like for viking children when they were our age.

I’m a year 6 pupil, can you get me out of here?

This learning challenge looks at reading Ordnance Survey maps and using an eight point compass.