The Curious-city approach
A localised, enquiry-led, engaging framework for NC2014
Curious-city™ is an inspiring and creative framework for meeting all the goals of NC2014 while creating a culture of engaged learning. It is based on an enquiry-led pedagogy, as opposed to a topic or project focus. Learners are encouraged to become “states of being”, historians, scientists, authors etc. It is also localised, with a school’s immediate surroundings and community playing an integral role in learning both in and out of the classroom. As teachers with years of experience at all levels of education, we've designed Curious-city to be relevant, achievable and realistic as well as a refreshing and exiting alternative to traditional curriculum coverage.
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.
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.