Personalised and Guided Tutorial Sessions
St John’s Primary School, Sevenoaks is running two Curiosity sessions per week. Year 6 has been divided into two groups: Numeracy and Literacy. Whilst the Numeracy group is working independently on Curiosity, it allows the teacher to focus on the Literacy group and vice versa. The students are being encouraged to explore their creativity, curiosity and skills through independent learning that is carefully monitored as well as receiving focused support time in a much smaller group size.
This approach enables plenty of one-to-one tutorial time during which the teachers and TA can provide meaningful, personal assessment that really counts. The school, teachers and other members of staff, have been surprised at how rewarding feedback can be for both the giver and receiver, from small things like using a range of punctuation and proofreading to bigger concepts such as reflection and self-challenge. Working in this way ensures that students progress, have fun and enjoy learning.
St Michael’s Prep School, Otford was one of the original Pilot schools and they have now completely embraced Curiosity as a new teaching technique. As well as excelling in the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy, St Michael’s wants to equip their pupils and prepare them for ‘real-world’ learning. They believe that the seven skills around which Curiosity is based are essential to education. That is why Curiosity is now fully integrated into their curriculum and deployed to ensure each pupil develops skills as well as knowledge and is able to enjoy education in the broadest possible manner.
Homework Replacement Initiative
Some schools, like Hilden Grange Prep School, Hildenborough, use Curiosity as homework replacement. Students complete one Challenge a week and submit their work for assessment in a weekly session in class or at a lunchtime Hub. Homework is an emotionally charged word, stirring up dread for some and excitement for others. Curiosity can change the dynamic and negative perception of homework by getting Students to recognise that learning in a different environment helps them remember, consolidate and explore what they know.
Working independently, or with a little parental involvement, helps develop a positive mindset, as well as self-management skills. Schools have experienced a significant upswing in the volume of homework returned and commented on the positivity that Curiosity has created.
At St Albans Girls’ School, Curiosity runs as an afterschool programme. The work that students have produced is outstanding, demonstrating real effort and skill. In many respects, this is not surprising, given the school’s excellent reputation; however, two areas that have since been highlighted were the skills and the mindsets that the students demonstrated throughout their journey. These include: attention to detail, resilience, problem-solving, self-challenge, creativity and confidence. It is not so much that Curiosity gave students these skills and aptitudes, rather that Curiosity allowed pupils the freedom to develop and demonstrate what they are capable of.