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The Curious-city approach

A localised, enquiry-led, engaging framework for NC2014

What is the Curious-city™ approach?

 
 

Written by teachers for teachers, the Curious-city approach not only inspires and guides teachers to create contextually relevant enquiry-led experiences. It enables a setting to create a bespoke, locally-focused curriculum that both covers and enhances the National Curriculum 2014.

Curious-city is not a commercial curriculum set in stone and handed over to you in a box. It is a skeleton of curious and creative learning opportunities that provides guidance for teachers to inspire learners with local people, places and stories, yet lots of room for additional contextualisation. Every Curious-city setting ends the curriculum journey with a bespoke curriculum specific to their locality.

Most schools discover that they are ‘doing’ much of it, but the Curious-city approach is about streamlining, aligning and ensuring that everything is purposeful, progressive and imperative to a learner’s experience.

 
 

Enquiries & themes

Seven core themes ensure that enquiry questions are situated in a variety of contexts and ‘big’ ideas.

Hover on each theme for an example of enquiry. 

 What is your hat made of? (Year 1)

What is your hat made of? (Year 1)

 What does Earth look like from the solar system? (Year 5)

What does Earth look like from the solar system? (Year 5)

 What is your footprint (digital/carbon)? (Year 6)

What is your footprint (digital/carbon)? (Year 6)

 How do we live a healthy life? (Year 2)

How do we live a healthy life? (Year 2)

 Will our water ever run out? (Year 4)

Will our water ever run out? (Year 4)

 Why do we live here? (Year 4)

Why do we live here? (Year 4)

 How do we help people we don't know? (Year 3)

How do we help people we don't know? (Year 3)

Being not doing

There is a huge difference between doing history and becoming a Historian; our States of Being empower learners to become Scientists, Mathematicians and Philosophers. The implicit skills, dispositions and curiosity required to think like a Historian make the shift away from teachers creating planning based on content, to thinking about how learners will actively experience the localised, real content in different ways. 

 
 
 
 
 

The end result

For teachers: Curious-city frees up teachers to express themselves and get the most out of their classroom and their careers. 

For the school: Curious-city will inspire a collaborative team approach across the school, as well as ticking a lot of Ofsted boxes from the moment the inspectors walk through the door.

Most importantly, for learners: Curious-city enables learners to become scientists, authors, engineers and all the other states, rather than simply teaching Science or English. It creates an ethos of curiosity about the local area, the people in it and how the learners themselves are a part of it.

 
Contact Curious-city™ Team Leader Alison Camp - ali@lightinguplearning.com
 

The Curious-city™ team

  Team Leader - Alison Camp   Alison Camp is Curious-city™ Team Leader as well as a practising teacher. Ali and Lighting up Learning Director Nicholas Garrick created the curriculum that embodies a way of teaching and learning that's relevant, robust, localised and future proof.  Drawing on years of teaching, curriculum leadership and project management for cultural, heritage and environmental organisations, they have created something that unites an area behind the shared desires for better education and stronger communities.

Team Leader - Alison Camp

Alison Camp is Curious-city™ Team Leader as well as a practising teacher. Ali and Lighting up Learning Director Nicholas Garrick created the curriculum that embodies a way of teaching and learning that's relevant, robust, localised and future proof.

Drawing on years of teaching, curriculum leadership and project management for cultural, heritage and environmental organisations, they have created something that unites an area behind the shared desires for better education and stronger communities.


  Lighting up Learning Ltd   We are a team of teachers, school leaders and educational specialists lead by Director, Nicholas Garrick, that have lived and taught in the Bristol area for years. We think that education should be an engaging, inspiring process for everyone involved. As well as the Curious-city™ Curriculum, we offer support, coaching, mentoring, early years training, interim leadership and programme guidance through our other divisions:

Lighting up Learning Ltd

We are a team of teachers, school leaders and educational specialists lead by Director, Nicholas Garrick, that have lived and taught in the Bristol area for years. We think that education should be an engaging, inspiring process for everyone involved. As well as the Curious-city™ Curriculum, we offer support, coaching, mentoring, early years training, interim leadership and programme guidance through our other divisions:

Coaching Partners
Coaching and mentoring that can help individuals progress and organisations create a supportive culture

Teaching Futures
Early years training and guidance including appropriate body certification