We have been working with Benton Park Primary, an outstanding primary school in Newcastle in 2017/18. Staff are investigating, innovating and evaluating their curriculum throughout this academic year. We are working together to promote a cognitively challenging and engaging curriculum that promotes metacognition. In order to complement their current professional learning programme Leading Learning designed a residential event to immerse teachers in the principles and practicalities of Project Based Learning. We then work with staff each half term to provide practical strategies and theory, which they then try out and evaluate in the classroom.
Last year we were commissioned by Arnia, a designer and retailer of bee hive monitoring equipment to produce a set of Key Stage 2 teaching materials to help pupils use live hive data to develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding. Working with Sandra Evans from Arnia and beekeeping colleagues we are excited about the launch of Build the Buzz; a set of resources that use bees to teach maths mastery, geography and science. Follow us on twitter @LLEducation or @ArniaBee if you want to be the first to here about the launch date or contact us if you want to find out more.