We are all familiar with the clarion calls for a radical re-think of primary or elementary school learning. Whether we are urged by Sir Ken Robinson’s challenge to embrace creativity or provoked by the Cambridge Primary Review’s research in to how young children learn in schools, many of us involved in leading young learners are keenly aware that what we have always done can carry on no longer. We must re-think our curriculum, remove the prescription of bureaucratic missives, set it free to be the vehicle for 21st century learning and the means by which we empower independent learners.
All hearty rhetoric, but the pragmatists amongst us cannot help wondering what learning would look like if we did respond to these demands for a radical re-think of our approach to learning.
In this series of three posts, featuring a 25 minute film made by the National College for its primary capital programme, I explore our journey towards a truly personalised, 21st century curriculum.