We want our learners to change the world!
At St Stephens Juniors, we believe that the key to helping our learners change the world is the most important thing that we can do. To help us do this, we have designed our curriculum around the Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals (officially known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change. Guided by these goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.
At our school, we learn about global and local issues and teach our curriculum through them. At the end of our enquiries, we use our knowledge of the curriculum and of our global goal to imagine or create a real and practical solution to the world's problem.
'Learning to change the world'
At St Stephen's we are passionate about enquiry-led learning and have therefore been developing an enquiry-led curriculum with an emphasis on mastery of the subjects. This means that our children follow a line-of-enquiry in order to answer a specific question, for example, 'How can one person make a difference?' ‘How does engineering in the past affect our future?’ or ‘To what extent to animals have rights?’. Enquiries may have a specific subject focus - such as Science or History - but provide rich cross-curricular opportunities within them.
All enquiries start with an ‘Engage’ experience to capture the children’s interest within the subject area, and each end with an ‘Ambition’ activity. The children are immersed in the required skills and knowledge during the ‘Exploration’ phase and move into applying their new skills and knowledge throughout the ‘Innovation’ phase. When they reach the final ‘Ambition’ stage, they will have already been equipped with the ‘know of’ and the ‘know how’ to complete this final piece of work independently from the teacher. Because the ‘Ambition’ intent is shared with the children at the beginning of an enquiry, their learning is always purposeful and with clear direction. Our enquiry 'Ambitions' have been carefully chosen to ensure breadth across the school (in terms of outcome and audience) and so that they are particularly relevant to the children at St Stephen's.
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Whole School Enquiries
Throughout the year, we plan days or weeks where the children can focus on a subject or area of enquiry in more detail. This allows them to develop specific skills, gain a more in-depth knowledge and take part in new experiences.