Challenge Curriculum

Challenge Curriculum

Some members of year 7 are selected to be a part of the Challenge Curriculum programme at Colston’s Girls’ School. The Challenge Curriculum is a Humanities course that incorporates extra literacy and numeracy skills, as well as some life skills, within its lessons. In addition, the students are supported in a challenging, yet nurturing environment, designed to encourage students to take risks. We encourage students to challenge themselves, and to build confidence within their learning. The ultimate aim of this curriculum is to prepare students for the remainder of their education, giving them skills which will allow them to access the wider school curriculum.

The programme is taught through the study of key themes and texts, which are fully contexualised with exploration of their social, cultural, historical and geographical aspects; this is designed to enrich students’ experience with literature and numeracy, and to form clear links between the Humanities subjects.

We follow 3 key themes within the programme:

Myths and Legends

Through this unit, we work on building students’ confidence in their own abilities, and begin to draw links between the Humanities studies. Students explore a range of myths, legends and religious stories. Areas of study include: the study of the Victorian era; creating a faux business (a zoo); researching Greek gods and beliefs; using descriptive language to respond to foods; and the study of Art History.

Other Cultures

In this unit, students study a range of poems and stories, giving an insight into a range of cultures and communities. Students explore a range of religions and customs from around the globe, and tackle aspects of Philosophy and Anthropology.


Our final area of study is centered around a popular children’s text – Holes by Louis Sachar. This text is studied in depth, whilst exploring a range of Humanities and life skills: PSHE skills (young people); the justice system; examining historical sources; persuasive and argumentative skills; and dramatic interpretation.

Staff Contacts

Miss S Mackenzie-Smith

Miss C Rutherford