The Windlesham Challenge for years 4 to 6 is an opportunity for pupils to work towards subject based awards in various academic and creative subjects. Awards will be undertaken in four week blocks and will culminate in either a Windlesham badge or a recognised external award (e.g. Blue Peter Badge, RSPB award etc.).
The programme will help to inspire and engage our pupils in new ways, broadening their horizons and creating opportunities, while giving a platform to learning new skills and participating in exciting activities. The Windlesham Challenge will play a huge part in our commitment to nurturing and developing each child’s potential whilst unearthing new passions and abilities.
The Windlesham Challenge will allow pupils to develop their reading, writing, mathematical, social, physical and oral skills in a new, exciting and engaging way ensuring higher level, targeted learning without them even realising! In addition, skills such as confidence, resilience, risk taking, effective communication, teamwork and leadership. Character education is an essential part of our overall provision at Windlesham and the Challenge will ensure its delivery in a gradual, enjoyable and accessible way for all pupils. Additionally, the skills mentioned are all fully transferable into pupils’ learning habits and their weekly lessons and will help them achieve their potential in all spheres of school life.
The Challenge programme will encompass the following four key areas:
Each Saturday, pupils will have the opportunity to participate in three of the above areas which then operate on a carousel basis over the course of the term. Each unit will last 4 weeks per half term and pupils will work towards various awards and badges.
The Windlesham Challenge presents an exciting opportunity for pupils in years to 6; one which they will relish and derive much pleasure and purpose. The skills and attributes acquired and developed together with the opportunities and experiences presented, will remain with them for life and ensure they are well prepared for the Windlesham Diploma in years 7 and 8.
The Windlesham Diploma is a bespoke two-year course (an abridged version for the 1s will be in place for 2020-21) followed by all pupils in years 7 and 8. It is unique to Windlesham and designed to equip our pupils with the skills and attributes required to flourish at their senior schools and life beyond. It is studied alongside the standard ISEB 13+ curriculum and Common Entrance examinations but aims to enhance those studies by encouraging pupils to adopt the Windlesham Values throughout their learning to become accomplished, confident and resilient young people with well-developed communication and critical thinking skills.
Each pupil will keep a weekly journal of their studies and reflect on their development through self-evaluation. Form teachers and House Parents will, of course, oversee each individual pupil’s progress.
Pupils’ progress and achievement will be recognised through a system of continuous assessment and at the end of the two years, each pupil will be awarded the Windlesham Diploma at either pass, merit or distinction to recognise their personal development and achievement.
The Windlesham Diploma will cover four areas of study:
The assessment process will be through pupil self-evaluation using formative and continuous assessment to encourage pupils to reflect on their progress, both in areas of achievement and success and also in those which need further development and practice.
The award of the diploma will be conditional upon successful completion of all course elements and modules including all areas of assessment.
Skills and knowledge
Skills and Knowledge
Skills and Knowledge
Skills and Knowledge
The rapidly changing nature of the workplace in the 21st Century leaves no doubt about the importance of the need to teach and foster certain skills to thrive as our children will be employed in roles that do not yet exist. The Windlesham Diploma will work alongside the long established and rich academic and co-curricular opportunities at Windlesham to ensure pupils receive an academically rigorous curriculum together with valuable skill development. This will give children the room and opportunity to see new things, learn different ways of thinking and approaching a problem, take risks, be involved and discover new interests and passions.
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