Our ‘Personal Challenge Projects’ begin at school and are facilitated by our staff, for 45 minutes a week, every Monday after school. The projects are creativity-based and enable our students to access literacy, numeracy, curriculum content and lifelong skills that they can utilise in the future. These projects also facilitate for our students to 'practice' their character values. We expect all of our year 7 and 8 students to stay for weekly sessions that take place on a Monday, after school from 3:45-4:30pm and they now have the fantastic opportunity to take part in either Music Maestros or Personal Challenge Projects.
Students are expected to complete six projects a year and at the end of each, there is an exhibition of students’ work for parents and the community. This is vitally important as the whole idea of project based learning is to allow students to see the purpose and impact of their hard work. Students will either demonstrate or present the work they have learnt throughout their project; or they will be working towards their final pieces. Parents, carers and members of the local community are invited to attend from 4pm on the following dates (letters will also be sent out prior to the events):
- 28th October
- 9th December (please note that Personal Challenges will not run during the last week of term - 16th December)
- 10th February 2020
- 30th March 2020 (please note that Personal Challenge will run on the first day back of this term 24th February)
- 25th May 2020 (please note that Personal Challenge will run on the first day back of this term 20th April)
- 29th June 2020
Students have a vast choice of project options which run throughout the year and are creativity-based. Students are also expected to continue working on their project within their own time (dependant on the project). The projects always include literacy, numeracy, key skills, curriculum content (specific to the project leader) and opportunities to develop character values and key attributes, (e.g. confidence, resilience, resourcefulness etc). Transport is available free of charge for students who usually take the bus home after school; the bus will follow the ML001 route. Although we would like to accommodate as many students as possible, should you wish your child to be dropped off somewhere not on this route, please contact Miss Kinder to discuss the options available.
Why Project Based Learning?
Project based learning is where students design a product or presentation based on real world issues that are relevant in their lives. These projects will stretch students and inspire them to explore learning wherever they are; at school, at home and within their community.
- Ofsted have praised the use of project based study
- Project based study suits all types of ability level
- Encourages ambition and commitment, allowing students to see purpose in their work
- Allows the community to become involved in the work and life of the school
- Research correlates it with students gaining higher grades, higher motivation and school engagement, higher self-esteem, higher resiliency, better social skills and a greater belonging and attachment to school
- Helps students to relax, get to know staff in different contexts and make new friends with students in their year group
Student and parent/family quotes about the Personal Challenge Projects:
"It has been an amazing experience and we can't wait to start again after Easter"
"It was good to see the students working together as a team"
I can't wait to move up to Castle Rock"
"It's good to see the work the students have produced"
The after school projects are a brilliant idea"
"Very welcoming and a friendly atmosphere" (During one of the exhibitions)
Personal Challenge Projects 2019-20
Projects this year include;
- Musical theatre
- Create your own cushion
- 'Charity begins at home'
- Couch to 5k
- Sports news and journalism
- Apollo Radio
- Experimental jewellery
- Learning to speak German
- Events planning
- Money and finance
- Stop motion and animation
- 30 minute meals
- Debating club
- Various sports leadership projects such as: Badminton, Netball, Basketball and Rugby.