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The Learning Challenge!

The Curriculum at UPAKidsgrove

At University Primary Academy Kidsgrove, the Curriculum embraces the Learning Challenge approach. It is based around the core skills of English, Maths, Computing and Communication. From the Early Years to Year 6, we offer our children a broad and balanced curriculum that:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


Here is what two of our pupils say about our Learning Challenge Curriculum:


The Learning Challenge Curriculum Comes to UPAK.

Over the past months our class have been extremely busy making religious bracelets and festival sweets, painting lotus flowers with different textures of paint, writing stories and learning how to perform an Indian dance for our class reflection. All of these phenomenal learning activities have formed UPAK's new fantastic, amazing and verv cool Leaning Challenge curriculum. Here we explain what this means and why we do it.

What is the Learning Challenge Curriculum?

From September 2014, all primary schools in England and Wales have a new curriculum with subjects such as art and geography and history. All of these lessons form under a BIG question.

What happens during a Learning Challenge?

Firstly, at the start of a learning challenge, the teacher and the children develop and discuss a BIG question. After that , we come up with smaller questions to do with the topic that interests us. We then answer our questions researching in and out of school. Whilst we are doing this, we carry out linked learning (e.g. art and dance) to deepen our understanding. During the learning challenge we show our vast learning in our big black books of amazing work!. In groups, we end with a learning challenge reflection ( often a video or presentation to others).

Why do we do The Learning Challenge?

We do this because we want to be more focused on our work and we are able to link lots of subjects together. By doing this we can present our understanding of the topic by using different ideas. We have fun and learn important life skills at the same time!

By Cole Evans and Lewis Carter