Project Based Learning

Please see below for more information on our projects and visit our blog to see these in action.

Reception’s project this half term is ‘Journeys’ and our driving question is ‘How long is a journey?’

Through the project, children will learn about the different types of journeys we can take in life, developing their understanding that journeys can be learning and spiritual as well as physical. The project links with the Vincentian Value of ‘We do not judge others’ as we reflect on how everyone is at different stages in their individual journey. One of the rights we will focus on is ‘You have the right to food, clothing and a safe place to live’. We will look at a range of focus texts in literacy about transport as well as texts which depict a character’s personal journey and reflect on how they change along the way. The children will create character descriptions which illustrate this transformation. We will develop understanding of the world through travel agent role play and exploration of our school grounds, where the children will get to create their own maps. The children will also have the opportunity to design, build and evaluate their own method of transport through junk modelling which will be showcased as their end product to parents once completed.

The aim of our Summer Term project is to equip the children with the knowledge and skills to be able to answer our driving question ‘How can I be a trustworthy person?

Throughout this project we will be focusing on our Vincentian Value ‘We build relationships based on trust.’ The children will gain a deeper insight into how trust is a valuable asset to developing positive relationships with others, enabling them to be better equipped with the life skills to both trust, be trusted and demonstrate loyalty.

The children will be given the opportunity to explore a variety of enriching texts to support the English element of our project, as well as exploring the children’s rights, with a specific focus on Article 13, ‘You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way’.

We will look at both fiction and non-fiction texts, with a focus on letter writing, lists and instructions and diary entries.
We will study materials in Science, where the children will be given the opportunity to investigate the reliability and validity of different materials in order to create an outfit for the Queen.

To develop their Geographical skills, we will be looking at our local area and sketching significant landmarks.

The children will be given the opportunity to showcase their learning by creating audio reports about trust to showcase to parents and pupils across the school. This will consolidate learning and spread the message and answer our driving question.

This summer term, LKS2 will be investigating the Vincentian Value of ‘We build relationships based on trust’ with the key driving question ‘How can we teach others about staying fit and healthy?’ We will begin our project by looking at what it means to be fit and healthy, exploring how God has given us stewardship of ourselves and our wider community and how we can share this information with our wider community.

Further research will be done on the intricacies of the different systems contained within the human body such as the digestive, skeletal, and muscular structures. The children will then look at how these systems are supported by a balanced, healthy and active lifestyle. To support their learning further, the children will plan a balanced meal within a small budget which they buy from a local grocery store, prepare in school and eat. This will further enable them to share their learning at home and in the future. The children will be producing non-chronological reports to detail their findings in both of these areas to support articles 3, 24, and 33 from the UNCRC.

Children will explore the importance of looking after our bodies and our environment with sustainable choices. Children will investigate if there is such a thing as only ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods and how we can distinguish between these choices. They will showcase their understanding through a persuasive piece of writing. They will also research further about positive role models who show a fit, balanced lifestyle, this will then lead to us looking at how these role models are supported by a healthy, balanced diet. We will then compare their diets and lifestyles to athletes from the past with a specific focus on the Roman Civilisation who were renowned for their Gladiator games. We will then evaluate how our lives changed and evolved from this point. The children will explore how the influence of people, alcohol, drugs and tobacco has an impact on a healthy lifestyle.

The children will look further at how they can impart their new knowledge to those in their community by conducting an activity survey, designing movement breaks for all of the children and further delivering this as a warm up for all children into our upcoming sport’s day. To further inspire the children, they will be designing their own ‘school anthem’ with an accompanying musical score. The children will then pass on their new found knowledge to younger children in both key stage one and Early year’s foundation stage by planning, writing and reading their own fictional story that details how they can stay fit and healthy for the future.

Our Summer Term project, “How can we trust the truth out there?” will be a vehicle for the children to explore deep questions of what is understood by trust and truth.

We will look briefly at philosophy and practise some Philosophy for Children activities, encouraging the children to think, question and debate. There will be planned-in debating opportunities for the children to develop their oracy skills throughout the project. Linking to the concept of philosophy, the children will take an in-depth look into the lives and culture of the Ancient Greeks. Making connections with other civilisations that have been studied across KS2, the children will continue to explore the notion of truth and what it meant to civilisations in the past. We will then look more closely at the Ancient Greek’s mythological traditions and their influence on astronomy; the children will write their own myths and odes.

Moving through time, they will create a timeline of events linked to the development of astronomy and understanding of space and the solar system. The children will explore the notion that truth can change over time based on deeper levels of experience, understanding and exploration. They will be using their scientific enquiry skills to show their understanding of gravity and forces and learn about the inspirational and influential women involved in the NASA space programme by reading the book “Hidden Figures’ ‘ and writing biographies.

Throughout the project the children will be developing their speaking and listening skills through debating in order to become persuasive speakers, critical listeners, analytical thinkers and engaged citizens (Noisy Classrooms). The Y6 production of ‘Hercules’ will complement the children’s understanding of the mythology of the Ancient Greeks and develop their performance skills.