Term 1b: Connected Curriculum overview

An overview of Big Ideas, driving questions and Grand Challenge activities for term 1b can be found below.  These must be shared in subject lessons and students are requested to make connections between their subject specific content and to other disciplines through the Big Idea or Grand Challenge.  They make effective lesson or forum starter activities for example.  Students will then be able to more effectively complete Reflect and Connect and Grand Challenge sessions and terminal projects as part of the Exit Point on Thursday 14th of December.

Foundation

Big Idea: Discovery: Finding out new things is a human driver and affects things for better or worse.

Driving question: To what extent has human ingenuity affected the world for the better?

Entry-Exit point activities planned by the Art department.  An Entry Point activity will launch the Big Idea and driving question to students period 1b on Monday 30th of October.  Resource can be found here.  Reflect and Connect lessons will focus on human ingenuity across various subject disciplines and students debating the discoveries that have had most lasting impacts.

Reflect and connect resources can be found here.

Level 1

Big Idea: Communication: When information is shared accurately and clearly the end result is more effective

Entry-Exit point activities planned by the English department.  An Entry Point activity will launch the Big Idea during the first English lessons of the week beginning 30/10/17.  Students are working towards a speech competition as part of the Exit Point.  Effective communication and oracy strategies are a particular focus within the R&C sessions this half term.

Reflect and connect resources can be found here.

Level 1+

Big Idea: Leadership: For better or worse, one or more people can use influence so that others aid and support them

Entry-Exit point activities planned by the Music department.  An Entry Point activity is TBC within the week beginning 30/10/17.

As a house time activity, students can be reflecting and discussing their learning towards the leadership theme.

Level 2

Driving question: What can be done about the challenges our own and other communities face as more of us live in cities?

Students continue the Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities. Students will begin working on enquiries around challenges facing cities.  Students design their own areas of interest and enquiry questions.  Students will present ‘academic posters’ at UCL in the last week of term and visit the exhibition as part of the Exit Point. Resources for this Grand Challenge can be found here.

Level 2+

Driving question: How can we all thrive in a complex and changing world? 

Students continue the Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing.  Students will be working through a ‘disruptive design process’ that enables them to think about the causes and impacts of an issue and then how best to respond to it,  Students will present their findings as part of the Exit Point in December.  Resources for this Grand Challenge can be found here.

Exit Point is Thursday 14th December.  Timings TBC. Resource folder here.

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