Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning has been introduced this year to widen and extend the curriculum; to inspire curious learners, foster a collaborative based approach to interdisciplinary learning, to develop independent learning and to expand and develop pupil experience.

In week 2 of our timetable, all pupils will be engaged in PBL activities around school. Each year group has a different focus and within each year a carousel of 3 termly activities operates, so pupils participate in all 3 projects throughout the year.

Pupils will be taught the necessary content and given information needed, but will also have
opportunities to work autonomously, developing their projects within their groups and utilising their skills, whilst developing and learning new ones such as problem solving, decision making, communication skills, research skills, ICT and time resource and time management.

The outcome will be different in each project, some producing a written piece, whilst others produce a documentary or a piece of drama. These will be showcased throughout the year on Twitter, in the Newsletter, on the Website and in live performances.

Year 8

RAP

This project involves pupils researching an issue which they feel strongly about; studying the history and
conventions of rap; working in groups to produce their own lyrics set to rhythm; and culminates in a
performance for an audience of their peers in the ‘Rap It Up’ Challenge. This project gives pupils the
opportunity to discuss and think deeply about an important, topical issue and how to communicate their
concerns or beliefs effectively using music to an audience.

Respect as an audience and resilience as performers are core values which are central to this project.

Documentary

Students research, write and film a documentary about a chosen aspect of the local area. We explored the features of a documentary before learning about different filming and editing techniques. We then conducted some fieldwork and went to the sea front and filmed on location. As part of the filming, some groups conducted interviews with members of the public. The purpose was to show pride in the local area or
investigate an issue which interested the group. This was then filmed on location and edited by students
before presenting them to the class.

Drama

Students watch a section of the pilot of Friends and unpick the conventions of a TV drama. These conventions are used to create an idea for a new drama, which students continue to create and script. The key ideas of setting, characterisation and creation of drama are explored. Once complete, students then create a Dragons Den style pitch to sell their ideas to a local TV station.