Innovative Curriculum

Curriculum design process

Designing learning experiences that are both effective and engaging is time consuming. We create high quality units and lesson resources that teachers can adapt to suit their context, and thereby save a lot of time. We work in partnership with innovative schools to develop and test our curriculum materials.

Key aspects of our design process:

  1. Begin with an open-ended essential question that enables deep learning (often across 2 or more subject areas).
  2. Work with outstanding researchers and practitioners in their fields to articulate the key ideas that students should learn as part of the unit (such as healthy eating), progression in skills (such as problem solving and teamwork) and attributes (such as independence).
  3. Clarify how we would know whether students have developed genuine understanding of the key ideas and made progress with their skills and attributes.
  4. Work with teachers, students and parents to design varied learning experiences that are both effective and engaging.

Over the next few years, we will be developing an enquiry-based curriculum for Primary Schools (Years 1-6). Our curriculum will complement Literacy, Maths, Science and other subjects taught in Primary Schools.

Below are some of the essential questions – articulated by Howard Gardner – that our curriculum will be covering.

Identity & history

  • Who am I?
  • Where do I come from?
  • Who is my family?
  • What is the group to which I belong?
  • What is the story of that group? Of other groups?
  • Who are the other people around me, and in other parts of the world?
  • How are they similar to and different from me?
  • How do they look?
  • What do they do?
  • What is their story?

Relations to others

  • How should you treat other people?
  • How should they treat you?
  • What is fair?
  • What is moral?
  • How do you cooperate?
  • How do you handle conflicts?
  • Who is the boss and why?

My place in the world

  • Where do I live?
  • How did I get here?
  • How do I fit into the universe?
  • What will happen to me when I die?

The psychological world

  • What is my mind?
  • Do others have minds?
  • Are they like mine?
  • What are thoughts, dreams, feelings?
  • Where do my emotions come from? How can I handle them?
  • How do I remember things?
  • How do I communicate?

The biological world

  • What about other creatures?
  • What does it mean to be alive? Dead?
  • Do animals think? What about plants?
  • How are animals related to one another, to the world of plants, to humans?
  • Is there a substance of life? How is it created? Is it immortal?

The physical world

  • What is the world made up of?
  • Why do things move?
  • What do we know about the sun, the stars, the waters, the rocks – their origins, their fate?

Forms, patterns, sizes

  • Why do things look and feel the way they do?
  • What regularities are there in the world? How do they come about?
  • What is big, biggest?
  • How can you tell?