KS 1/2 Learning Challenges

Since September 2014 we have been following the requirements of the new National Curriculum for England by focusing all of our geography, history, science, art and design learning into learning challenges. This means that instead of discrete lessons in the above subjects every week, we tie them all together under a learning challenge question. This question will then be investigated over half a term or a full term, allowing greater engagement in learning as each lesson feeds into a bigger picture. Hopefully, by the end of the term/half-term, the children will have learnt everything required to be able to offer a response to the original question.
For details of what these different learning challenges will look like in each class, please see each classes own page.

Each year group follows its own set of challenges that always has a science, a history or a geography focus. The curriculum is tailored to the children's interests to ensure maximum engagement and progress in learning. Learning Challenges are not only designed to ensure maximum possible progress in the foundation/non-core subjects but also to have impact on the literacy and numeracy skills throughout the school. Where possible, the learning challenges are used to provide opportunities to support and reinforce literacy and numeracy learning.

We feel that learning is most successful where connections between ideas are made. The success of learning challenges is that it allows children to make these connections and apply their learning in other areas.


The long term curriculum plans for each year group can be found on these pages.  KS1 /  KS2

Your child's teacher will add medium term plans for each of their learning challenges to their class pages throughout the year. Examples of children's work will also be added regularly, so don't forget to keep checking!

Empowering Learning


Children learn in a variety of ways and as result we need to plan to meet the needs of every child. At St. Aidan's we are using an empowering learning programme to ensure that children become:


  • Team Workers
  • Reflective Learners
  • Effective Participators
  • Self Managers
  • Resourceful Thinkers
  • Independent Enquirers


By equipping children with these skills we are enabling them to become more efficient and resilient life-long learners.

An overview of the skills covered in each of the areas of empowering learning, broken down in to year groups can be found below:

Empowering Learning .pdf