An idea for a project might develop from an event in the local or wider community or an object or story that a child has brought into school. Through dialogue, the class finds common themes that they would like, collectively or individually, to explore.
The teacher helps each child to identify how they will interact with the theme, encouraging children to discover and explore new modalities as appropriate. Trips out and and visitors to class enrich the experience. Learning becomes meaningful and relevant as students make connections between existing skills, different subject areas and their own experience.
Teachers and children reflect and evaluate the process and outcomes of learning as the project evolves, ensuring work is rigorous and appropriately challenging.
You can read more about our approach to projects here.
An interdisciplinary approach
A project may incorporate themes as diverse as:
- Culture and Community: exploring and appreciating diversity, citizenship, human values, religion and enterprise. Local, national and global issues often spark inspiration for projects.
- Time and Place: investigating our heritage, geography and the natural world, and develop understanding in how the present has been shaped by the past.
- Science and Technology: discovering how the world works through investigation, experimentation, hypothesis, testing and evaluation.
- Sustainability: finding ways of living and working that support a high quality of life without compromising the future of generations to come.
Each project culminates in an exhibition to children from other classes, parents and friends. Each exhibition is different and can incorporate displays of written work, scientific demonstrations, film, sculpture, dance or even large-scale, interactive multi-media events.