Project Based Learning forms an integral part of the innovative, creative, challenging & stimulating learning experiences offered to our pupils here at Humberstone Junior Academy. We are committed to developing excellence through rigour, relevance & relationships. PBL allows opportunities for pupils to learn real-life skills, a love for learning as well as high expectations for themselves & their work. We aim to develop in our pupils a rigorous approach to their learning, understanding that with great effort & perseverance, they can produce excellent work that meets a professional standard & that they can be truly proud of.
Critique & re-drafting is employed regularly to encourage pupils to analyse their own work or that of others in efforts to celebrate successes and search out and take advantage of opportunities to improve. This builds reflective, determined, self-motivated and confident young learners who understand that excellence is achieved through collaboration, practice & hard work.
Projects are relevant to a variety of aspects of the pupils’ lives. The tasks they undertake and the skills they develop would not be out of place in real-life workplaces while the essential and driving questions in each project would not be out of place in adult conversations. They do not have easy answers, or indeed correct ones, and therefore challenge & extend pupil thinking and range of responses beyond that normally accepted by a more traditional curriculum. The pupils’ growing understanding and interest in these relevant areas of life will help develop their knowledge of the wider community, culture or world into which they will emerge more emotionally-mature, self-motivated & empowered young people.
Through trips, visits and working alongside everyday real-life experts pupils are offered a wealth of experiences outside of their day-to-day school routines. This assists their learning while broadening their horizons, building on their understanding of real-life roles and responsibilities as well as ignite and kindle their individual passions for roles which they might not otherwise come across.
Positive learning relationships are developed between pupils and teachers, experts, peers and the community through collaboration, challenging critique & a more professional approach to exploring issues, sharing knowledge, experiences, responses and best practice. Pupils are inspired to explore issues & select their own method of responding to the project & the creation of a legacy, something that will remain with the school or local community even once the pupils have moved on and away.