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Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Humanities, Art and Design Technology

At Bolton St Catherine's Academy we used the changes to the National Curriculum as a chance to change the way we learn. Our topic based work in now an exciting 'Learning Challenge' Curriculum.

The Learning Challenge approach is designed to develop thinking skills and encourage greater participation and involvement. It requires deep thinking and encourages our pupils to work using a question as the starting point. This means that our learning will be focused around questions.

All of our 'topic' lessons will begin with a question that we will try to answer or solve so that we can answer a bigger learning challenge. We will be researching, presenting, designing and making in order to answer and solve lots of question challenges.

Our Learning Challenge lessons focus on Geography, History, Art and Design and Technology but they also include links to other subjects that we are also learning such as Music, Dance, Science, Maths and English.

Here are some example learning challenges:

  • Would you rather be a penguin or a meerkat?
  • Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious?
  • Why do we love to be beside the seaside?
  • Why should the rainforest be important to us all?

Look out for dates of each class assembly that showcase events throughout the year the topics we have been learning.


Yearly Overviews: