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Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.

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Learning Challenge Curriculum

The curriculum for each year group is built around set of unique Learning Challenges that enable us to develop our children into 21st Century Learners who can confidently communicate; are knowledgeable and expert learners; community contributors and future ready learners. Each unique challenge is underpinned by the four Beckfoot Nessfield curriculumIMG_2441 drivers: possibilities, initiative, diversity and community. These are made explicit and are carefully planned for.

Each Learning Challenge centres around a key question for the children to investigate, using a combination of skill development and embedding of knowledge. We carefully balance the need for all children to IMG_2442reach national expectations in core subjects with our wider curriculum aims of providing a full spectrum of thoughtful and enriching experiences. We make sensible links across all National Curriculum subject areas within each Learning Challenge. This is balanced with teaching more distinct Learning Challenges when it is more appropriate, for instance to cover Science learning objectives. Maths and English are integrated across each Learning Challenge. Alongside our  Building Learning Powers programme, we are currently beginning to develop oracy and philosophical thinking skills across the Learning Challenge curriculum using a Philosophy 4 Children approach. 

Each year group has a long term plan that plots out the full coverage of all subjects within the National Curriculum for the academic year. Alongside these sit subject long term plans which are managed by subject leaders in school. These plot out the coverage of each subject within the school's Learning Challenge Curriculum based on development milestones which link to the National Curriculum. Medium term plans show links to all subjects covered within that Learning Challenge across the curriculum. They outline small question overviews and detail if the outcome is linked to knowledge or a skill. The four curriculum drivers underpin the learning within the Learning Challenge and are planned for within each IMG_2449medium term plan.

All Learning Challenge's begin with a WOW to support and build interest and excitement in learning. They all end with a reflection activity which provides an answer, bringing together all learning completed. Our aim within the Learning Challenge approach is to inspire children to think rather than just acquire new knowledge. We want them to actively ask questions, debate and follow their own lines of enquiry with the aim that all our children are future ready young learners. 

IMG_2445Alongside this exciting approach to learning and developing children's skills, we also undertake a number of weeks and days away from the usual timetable to complete whole school projects based around a variety of different subjects for example: Black History Week, Science Week, World Book Day, Art Week and Fairtrade Fortnight. 

Click here to see the Whole School Learning Challenge Curriculum Map.

Click here to see an example of Learning Challenge long term planning from Y4: Is Man the Greatest Predator on Earth? 

Click here to see an example of Learning Challenge long term planning from Y2: What Would Dogger and Dave Find Interesting About Keighley?