Within our curriculum at Upton we aim to promote Communication and Collaboration. We want children's learning experiences to be Engaging and Enriching. We actively look to promote Community and Diversity.
In the UBBC, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Science are taught as separate subjects but have an overarching link to a particular topic in order to make them more meaningful to the children.
The Upton Learning Process
There is a distinct learning process with every UBBC unit, providing a structured approach to make sure that children’s learning experiences are as stimulating and rigorous as possible.
Upton's Stunning Starts
The 'Stunning Start' launches every new topic unit.
It is an activity or event to immerse the children into the topic theme. The goal of the 'Stunning Start' is to get every child excited and engaged in the theme. It also provides a common platform so that every child has an experience to draw from as they progress through the topic.
Finding Our Foundations
Finding Our Foundations takes place at the beginning of the unit. This gives teachers the chance to find out what the children already know and what they want to learn about the theme, ensuring that children are leading their learning wherever possible. This also helps children to see how what they are learning connects to what they already know. This approach also provides opportunities for the teacher to challenge original knowledge if it is inaccurate.
Educational research shows us that long term memory is best developed if children are able to link to and build upon prior learning. At Upton our teachers will regularly use the words 'Let's Link' and will remind children of previous learning that could help them understand something new. Lessons are intentionally sequenced to promote these links where possible, while having an overarching topic helps children see how their learning can all be related.
'Begin with the end in mind'
Learning is a journey best undertaken with a clear vision of what the end product of this learning should look like. This is where our planning starts - by looking at the steps that will be needed to reach this end goal. From this the learning is broken down across year groups, topics, weeks and individual lessons
This year we have chosen two key contextual areas to focus attention on as we begin 2020:
Cultural Diversity: We believe that there is a need in the country at this time to promote cultural diversity. Understanding of differing cultures feeds tolerance and respect. Broadstairs is not as culturally diverse as other areas of England and so we need to ensure that we open children's eyes to cultural diversity. A huge amount of work in this area takes place at Upton. Click here for more information.
Social Communication: In an era of ever-increasing social media use, online gaming and phone apps, verbal face-to-face communication is declining. We feel that this is an important social and collaborative skill to teach our pupils and so our lessons contain a great deal of partner and group work
A 'Fabulous Finish' completes the unit.
This may be an event that the learning has been building towards, or an exhibition, display, performance or activity that incorporates learning from the unit. This activity helps children to draw on all their learning from the unit, reminding them of all the connections between subjects that they have made, and creating time and opportunity to build their understanding of their learning. It often involves parents and celebrates the learning that has been achieved.