- Starts with what the children know and need
- Aims to develop talk throughout and increases vocabulary and knowledge.
- Is enhanced by experiences linking our curriculum to the Arts. We have an Artist in Residence who compliments our learning challenge themes
- Aims to use Sheffield as a starting point- children get to know about their city past and present and their place within it.
- Aims to promote healthy lifestyles and living. We have a sports leader, an environmentalist, a clinical psychologist and LINKS sports partnership to enhance and develop opportunities.
- Utilises our life Skills House developing core skills from FS1 to Y6 with a dedicated team and external agency workers
- Engages parents in the child's learning and makes best use of home-school chrome books and Google Classroom
- Involves termly visits for all and aspirational trips e.g. London for Y6 which includes a theatre and Kidzania careers visit
- Utilises links with the University of Sheffield as we become a Maker School
- Is enhanced by partnerships which span ten years with Sheffield Girls' High
- Is enhanced by our Sheffield South East Learning Partnership (SSELP) of schools in which we pool resources for collective opportunities for our children.
At Arbourthorne, teaching of Learning Challenge contains the following elements:
- Knowledge Organisers (pupils use these documents with 10 Key Facts for flipped learning as well as reference materials during lesson time)
- Knowledge Lessons carefully sequenced, content rich and including plenty of opportunities to apply the new knowledge gained
- Presentations which support all learning styles, aid pupil memory and model presentation skills to pupils
- Work booklets containing high quality text materials, key graphics, models and diagrams, key terms and their definitions all of which are used for reference and interrogation in Learning Challenge lessons
- Essay lessons where children apply, expand on, and elaborate on all the knowledge they have acquired during that unit whilst reasoning, arguing, persuading and considering multiple perspectives
- Multiple Choice Quizzes supports retrieval practise, supports memory of facts and enables quick gap analysis
- Enrichment lessons and WOW experiences enable pupils to encode memories more robustly by experiencing opportunities to apply new knowledge first hand.