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Project Based Learning (PBL)

Subject Overview

This course is delivered by the Humanities teachers and it combines different elements of History, Geography and PRE. Our aim is to ease transition from Year 6 and to then offer an exciting and current curriculum to our Year 7 & 8 students that combines many key skills, learning styles and interesting topics. Students have 12 one hour lessons over our two week timetable.

At the end of each year, students undertake the Student Led Project (SLP) which gives them an opportunity to complete an extended project from choosing a topic and writing a question, to researching and producing a final 2000 word essay. PBL is a thematic based project curriculum that focuses on the following topics:

KS3 Year 7: Heritage and Beyond; It Makes me want to Shout (the power of the written and spoken word); Crime Scene Investigate (CSI); Disasters; The Victorians and finally the Student Led Project.

KS3 Year 8: Space and Adventure; Lifestyle; Society and the Media; War, Peace and Technology; Pirates and the sea and finally the Student Led Project.

Extra-curricular Opportunities

An integral part of the PBL course, are the wide and varied opportunities we offer our students to extend their learning and understanding of the topics we are studying. In 2013-2014 these included:

Year 7: Two visits to Durlston Country Park learning about Ecosystems and local Victorian History; a visit to The Swanage Museum and The Swanage Pier; A Church comparison visit to Emmanuel Baptist Church and St Mark’s Church; a visit to Hurst Spit and Castle; Adventure Challenge day including shelter and fire building; bird watching boat trip around Poole Harbour; workshops at the Swanage YHA; visits to utilise the facilities at Swanage Library; visit to Charborough Estate. 

Year 8: A visit to Hurst Spit and Castle; Adventure Challenge day including shelter and fire building; walking to local council spaces to assess their function; presentations to the Mayor of Swanage and members of the town council; a flooding investigation/risk walk; safety talk from the RNLI; presentation from an expert about the role of Swanage in World War 2 and the development of Radar; visit to Studland to Fort Henry and Knoll Discovery Centre; a visit to Tyneham village; visits to utilise the facilities at Swanage Library.