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...

Stanley Park High School.  A group of mini schools engaged in project based learning.

Stanley Park High School.  A group of mini schools engaged in project based learning.

Abroad, PBL ...

at University Level...

Where students answer their own questions through research.

Where students answer their own questions through research.

At Primary and Seniors...  Hellrup Skool, Denmark

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BPL Evidence...

OMS & PBL...

Seniors OMS Timetable from Sep 2015

WHAT

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:

  • English

  • Maths

  • Science

  • Spanish

  • Humanities (perhaps sub-divided)

  • PE

  • Art

  • PSHE

All other subjects will be absorbed into four project themes:

  • Sustainable Design

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • Expressive Arts

  • Outdoor Learning

The projects will take up four afternoons per week.

WHY

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.

 

Personalisation

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.

Learning Independence

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


WHO ELSE

PBL is an increasingly popular educational technique throughout the world. Other schools successfully employing similar policies include: