Term 1b Connected Curriculum

Please find below the new Big Ideas for term 1b.  Grand Challenges continue from last half term.  Deeper learning days TBC.


Discovery: Finding out new things is a human driver and affects things for better or worse.

Level 1

Communication: When information is shared accurately and clearly the end result is more effective

Level 1+ 

Leadership: For better or worse, one or more people can use influence so that others aid and support them.


Level 2:  Students are working towards an ‘academic poster fair’ that will be presented at UCL in December.  Students will be presenting their ideas about a challenge facing global cities.

Level 2+: Students are continuing to work through a series of seminars and discussions related to the Grand Challenge in house time.  A deeper learning day will be designed for December so that students can demonstrate their thinking about Human Wellbeing.

Term 1a 2018: Connected Curriculum overview

An overview of Big Ideas, driving questions and Grand Challenge activities for term 1a can be found below.  These must be shared in subject lessons and students are requested to make connections between their subject specific content and to other disciplines through the Big Idea or Grand Challenge.  They make effective lesson or forum starter activities for example.  Students will then be able to effectively complete Reflect and Connect and Grand Challenge sessions.  Exit Point is on Friday 19th of October.


Big Idea: When people work together they can achieve a common goal

Driving question: In what ways has human collaboration shaped the world we live in today?  

Entry point planned by Engineering and Exit point activities planned by the Humanities faculties.

Reflect and connect resources can be found here 

Learner attribute focus – COLLABORATION

Level 1

Big IdeaTrying to beat others has good and bad consequences

Driving question: In what ways has competition shaped the world we live in today? 

Entry-Exit point activities planned by the Science faculty

Reflect and connect resources can be found here

Learner attribute focus – COMMUNITY

Level 1+

Big IdeaOur sense of self, and that of others, is continually developing through our different interactions and impacts on how we exist in the world.

Driving question: How do our identities develop over time?  

Entry-Exit point activities planned collaboratively by Philosophy and English faculties.

Level 2

Grand Challenge 2: Sustainable Cities

“The UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities examines one of the most urgent issues facing the world today: increasing and relentless urbanisation.” UCL Grand Challenge website

Driving question: What can be done about the challenges our own and other communities face as more of us live in cities?

Weekly house time activities and working towards a final product and presentation of learning at UCL.  Resource folder.  

Level 2+

Grand Challenge 5: Human Wellbeing

“The UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing looks beyond traditional definitions of health and examines the wide range of disciplines that contribute to our sense of wellbeing.” UCL Grand Challenge website

Driving question: How can we use empathy to improve the wellbeing of others?  

Weekly house time activities and working towards a final product and presentation of learning at the academy.  Resource folder.


Competencies to shape the future:
It is about acting rather than to be acted upon, shaping rather than to be shaped
and choosing rather than to accept choices decided by others.

As we begin the academic year and await the finings of the Academy’s full Curriculum Review it is worth looking outward and forward. However individuals may view them as a harbinger of change, the OECD and PISA organisations have an undeniable sway over the education change at the global level. Their ability to pool expertise, identify need and trends and to build structures for change through recognising and advancing tangible skills is always something to take note of. As such it is worth considering the latest PISA activity concerning assessment practices through TALIS (now recognising Collaborative Problem Solving and Global Competency) as well as their drive for Global change, especially that being drafted as part of their ‘Education 2030’ agenda.

Below is a short summary of this new agenda, all of which paints a positive picture and a useful reminder of the purpose of the education we seek to offer here at UCL Academy.

Future of Education and Skills: Education2030
Globalisation, technological innovations, climate and demographic changes and other major trends are creating both new demands and opportunities that individuals and societies need to effectively respond to.
There are increasing demands on schools to prepare students for more rapid economic and social change, for jobs that have not yet been created, for technologies that have not yet been invented, and to solve social problems that have not been anticipated in the past.
One may argue it is still some time away to think of 2030 but this is the world in which those who are beginning primary school today will start their professional careers and

those who are in secondary school today will become the core group of the prime working age.

A Brief Introduction to Education2030

Policy makers at all levels are facing challenges to make school reform a success, keeping abreast of changes outside school towards the future. The project has two main strands of activities which we at UCL Academy should be mindful of and where possible responsive to.
Strand 1: Development of a conceptual learning framework relevant for 2030.
Concepts, taxonomies, definitions and technical language used for different dimensions of competencies vary significantly. Thus, international discussions and clarifications on the types of competencies required for the world in 2030 will help support countries to have clearer visions and goals of education systems. Establishing a multidimensional learning framework with a common language could also enable countries, both individually and collectively, to explore recognising student outcomes that are not yet measured but are critical in navigating in time and social space and shaping their own future. Like the OECD Definition and Selection of Key Competencies (DeSeCo), it is also expected that the project will pave the way for the longer-term conceptual development of OECD’s large-scale surveys (most notably PISA).

Being able to navigate in time and social space to manage their lives in meaningful
and responsible ways by influencing their living and working conditions.

Strand 2: International curriculum analysis.
Countries are confronted by an array of new needs and requests, which often leads to “curriculum overload”. Furthermore, educational transformation is often disrupted by political cycles or competing objectives, which hinders the sequencing of reforms. Changing one element, e.g. curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, etc., may only be useful if other related elements are changed as well. The project will conduct an international comparative analysis on curriculum so as to build a knowledge base that should contribute to making the process of curriculum design and development evidence-based and systematic (e.g. ensuring focus, rigor and coherence on the curriculum contents).

In a subsequent stage (2019 and beyond), the project could also support countries to explore the kind of learning environments that support the development of these competencies most effectively.

We at UCL Academy will enagage across this academic year in a renewed discussion around

1: Future-ready Competencies (attributes, capacities, skills);

2: Curriculum & Pedagogy;

3: Leanring Spaces & Environments; and

to facilitate this process the UCL academy research and Innovation centre will this year make its focus for activities ‘ A Future-Ready Curriuclum’.

Written by the Director of the UCL Academy RIC on behalf of UCL Academy.

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Tuesday CPL Schedule

Week Commencing 2 March to 27 March 2020

Monday 2nd March—Level 3 Mocks

Monday 2nd March — Friday 6th March – World Book Week

Monday 2nd March—Deeper Learning Day

Monday 2nd March—Women’s History Month

Wednesday 4th March—Lockdown Practice

Wednesday 4th March—Brightside Mentoring Sessions

Thursday 5th March  — Dress up as a book character

Thursday 5th March — Level 1+ Parent Consultation

Friday  6th March — Staff Planning day—No students in school

Friday 6th March-Wednesday 11th March—British Science week

Monday 9th March—Friday 13th March— The UCL Academy STEAM week

Wednesday 11th March—Brightside Mentoring Sessions

Tuesday 17th March— The UCL Academy Founders Day

Wednesday 18th March— Foundation Parent Consultation

Thursday 19th March — End of Spring SDL Cycle

Friday 20th March — Staff Planning day

Friday 20th March — PE GCSE Moderation Day

Friday 20th March — Drama GCSE Moderation Day

Monday 23rd March — Foundation Battle of the Houses

Monday 23rd March — UAPA Coffee Morning

Tuesday 24th MarchLevel 2 Battle of the Houses

Wednesday 25th March— Level 2+ Analysis Point 3

Wednesday 25th March— Level 3 Parent consultation

Friday 27th March — Level 1 Battle of the Houses


Prayer Room

Please find below the locations for the prayer room throughout the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3A L409 L408 L409 L402 L409
3B L409 L409 L408 L402 L409

Foundation Team Building

On Friday the 22nd of September, all Foundation students reflected upon being in a learning set and the Super Skill of Collaboration. Students took part in 4 team building activities to develop their communication and in turn collaboration skills.



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New: History L2

This is a message for all students beginning L2 History in September 2017. 

In preparation to successfully begin your History GCSE in September we require you to complete over the summer the following three tasks.

1:Choose one of the following areas of Medicine Through Time, Research & Record as much as you can about how this area of medicine changed between the ancient Greek period and today

  • Surgery
  • Public Health and the Health of the public
  • Causes of Illness
  • Cures and medicines
  • Physiology (knowledge of how the body works)

You will present your research (no less than 3 A4 pages of notes) in one of your first History lessons in September.

2: Find and revise the answers to the following questions. You will be tested on these during your second lesson (Thursday the 14th of September)

Develop Your Knowledge

  1. What is the name of the Roman goddess of Health?
  2. How many books were in the Hippocratic Corpus?
  3. Name three things the Romans built to aid the health of the urban population.
  4. In Galen’s most famous experiment on a live pig what did he prove?
  5. What was the physical temperament for yellow bile?
  6. Who was at the top of the Roman social structure, thus accessing the greatest health care?
  7. What is the theory/belief of bad air causing illness?
  8. What is antiseptic?
  9. Why did doctors study start charts?
  10. Why did doctors bleed some patients?
  11. Hugh and Theodoric of Luca influenced which aspect of MTT?
  12. Hugh of Luca advocated what practice?
  13. Name one impact on MTT of a centralised governmental system such as the Roman rule over Britannia and feudal rule of Medieval Monarchs?
  14. Name three beliefs held in Romano Britain for the causes of illness.
  15. Name three aspects of physiology that Galen accurately proved.
  16. Order religious beliefs for the period 50-1350Ad
  17. What role did Roman soldiers play in aiding public health?
  18. Name the 4 Humours.
  19. Name the 3 schools of medicine set up in Italy during the Medieval period.
  20. Who was Guy de Chauliac?
  21. What was the purpose of a Medieval Urine Chart?
  22. Why did Medieval doctors carry posies, oranges and lighted tapers?
  23. What aspect of MTT does a gongfermer relate to?
  24. St Bart’s is an example of?
  25. Name the most influential Muslim doctor on British Medicine during the Medieval period?
  26. Whose ideas had the Church’s seal of approval?
  27. What new development did hemlock and opium allow in Medieval times?
  28. What is a lazar house a good example of?
  29. Who, in Medieval times, identified the importance of a good diet?
  30. Spell the word for pain relief.
  31. Who developed Germ Theory?
  32. What aspect of MTT to Snow contribute to?
  33. What role was played by Chadwick?
  34. Give the date of one public health act.
  35. Koch developed what?
  36. What is Ehrlich associated with?
  37. Who developed principles of nursing and hospital care?
  38. What was the main illness treated in hospitals in the 19th century?
  39. Who funded 19th century hospital care?
  40. State the steps of the Scientific method.

3: View and make notes on the Prezi below – this will help you undertake task 1 and 2.


In advance of september we require you to purchase an A4 Lever Arch folder and bring this with you to your first History lesson. 

For further information contact the L2 History Lead Teacher, Mr Gratton rgratton1.202@uclacademy.org

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