At Surrey Square Primary School we believe in making all learning purposeful and meaningful. We do this by teaching the national curriculum and personal excellence curriculum through the use of REAL projects.
R = Rigorous
E = Engaging
A = Authentic
L = Learning
REAL projects allow teachers to create lessons and activities around a single complex enquiry that leads to a high quality end product that is exhibited to an authentic audience. Projects are rigorously designed and planned to cover all aspects of the national curriculum whilst at the same time providing a rich, real life learning experience. This way of learning allows our students to develop their own self-confidence and creativity, as well as develop skills that prepare them for a world outside of school.
The key features of a REAL project:
- The project idea is generated from the teachers and/or students interests and passions
- Has an 'essential' open-ended question
- Has a real-world, real-life outcome
- Is tuned and tested by other teachers for rigour and clarity before it is taught
- Requires students to produce multiple drafts of their work
- Involves structured adult/peer/expert critique
- Culminates in a final exhibition to an authentic audience
For specific examples please see the 'excellence' section of our website.
Guiding these projects are our school-wide termly focuses:
AUTUMN TERM: PAST (Historical)
SPRING TERM: PRESENT (Geographical)
SUMMER TERM: PASSION (Identity)
In the summer term we focus on our identity curriculum. This is a curriculum we have devised ourselves that covers many aspects of personal and social education and has a particular focus on ‘who I am’ and what it means to be a citizen, both of Britain and of the world. This gives a range of powerful opportunities for students to explore their own heritage and identity and consider ways they are similar and different to others.
We are currently working with the Innovation Unit to support our move to a fully integrated ‘Project Based’ approach to learning.
We have a policy for the teaching of each subject, which outlines specific ways that area should be approached. Our teaching and learning policy gives an overview of our pedagogical views.