OMS / Project Based Learning
This page provides some information about (Project Based Learning). PBL teaches children by involving them activity and creatively in their education.
Who's doing PBL...?
Whole country's! Finland, one of the world's most successful educational systems is embracing PBL...
UK Maintained Schools...
At Senior level...
Abroad, PBL ...
at University Level...
At Primary and Seniors... Hellrup Skool, Denmark
OMS & PBL...
Seniors OMS Timetable from Sep 2015
For the Key Stage 3 (KS3) we are moving to a system of mixing traditional subject-based lessons and thematic project-based learning sessions. We will retain the following distinct subjects:
Humanities (perhaps sub-divided)
All other subjects will be absorbed into four project themes:
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
The projects will take up four afternoons per week.
Preparation for adulthood
We have long believed that it is essential that learning in school prepares students for the ‘real’ world that they will enter as adults. We believe that a project approach is the best way to simulate the working world in a school setting.
Engagement and Motivation
Learning that enables children to follow their own interests is usually far more engaging and motivating for them. A project approach allows students to follow their own path within a theme, such that they can be supported in learning particular sets of skills and knowledge while affording them freedom to pick specific approaches that interest them.
Working in a project-based mode allows each student to be guided in directions that suit their individual needs and ensure that every learner is able to have a positive learning experience in every session.
Although they are supported through the process by teachers, teaching assistants and even their peers, a project-based approach requires and ensures that children develop self-management skills to plan, conduct and evaluate their work according to specifications and deadlines. The skills developed in this way are extremely valuable when transferred to more traditional learning settings.
Why not 100% projects?
Despite the many benefits of project-based work, it is still important to have some more formally-structured lessons. These allow the children to gain the foundation skills and knowledge that they will use in the projects, and also in their formal examinations.
A summary of the evidence on PBL can be found here: http://engage2learn.org/toolboxresources/pbl-research%20summary.pdf
PBL is an increasingly popular educational technique throughout the world. Other schools successfully employing similar policies include: