Do schools put children’s thinking at the centre of the learning experience?
Are children given the opportunity to find their strengths? Does the curriculum provide a challenge for individual achievement? From my experience within schools, it is hugely unrealistic to be able to effectively inspire and motive all pupils within a class based on the level of differentiation that needs to be made when teaching, if you are already taking into account children with EAL, higher or lower abilities and those with SEN as well as promoting learning for all, you will never achieve the intended goal. But if the theme is chosen well, is relevant to the majority of the class and planned with the children in mind then it can promote curiosity, challenge thinking and develop knowledge in an organic way for a wide variety of children. Although this adds obvious operational and timetable demands which can hurt progression and force teachers to consider a return to more traditional subject structures.