Project preview: Civilisation


Civilisation is a project we did last year and following some reflections, I have updated the project with the aim of making it even more engaging and rigorous (academically and wider learner attributes).  The main outcome from the project we want to achieve is an improved product.  So by redesigning the process I think this can be achieved as I will explain.  Essentially, students will design a civilisation in a learning set of 6 based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  This in following a potential global pandemic (last year we referred to the current ebola outbreak at the time).

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This is a project across Humanities subjects, History, Geography and RE, giving us about 4 hours per week for 6 weeks.  The main changes I have implemented are;

  • Restructuring based on a new timetable.  Humanities lessons are now blocked together for year 7 – 4 classes are taught at the same time.  The double lessons allow all 90 students to rotate around 4 ’15 minute masterclasses’ before working on the project for the final product for the remaining 50 minutes.  Masterclasses are linked to the project outcomes and are based the 3 disciplines.  History may teach source analysis and encourage learning about ancient civilisations. Geography may teach maps skills and where to locate the civilisation.  RE will give an intro to major religions and a critique session built in each week.  We are in a position to use a fabulous space (superstudio) to launch the project to all 90 in a forum area and then break out to masterclass spaces.
  • A ‘celebration of learning’ evening for parents to visit and students explain their civilisation to an authentic audience.
  • A finite set of resources per learning set.  We have reduced the dependency on technology, making blurbs to go alongside artefacts hand written for example.  Two ipads are provided for each LS for research rather than unlimited use.  Femo clay for the place of worship models to simplify and improve quality.  Other aretefacts are hand drawn.  This is mainly a reaction to time and problems with technology functionality.  With strong critique and drafting these can be of excellent quality.
  • Assessment more tangibly linked to the new department student engaged assessment policy using leaning targets or ‘I can’ statements.

The screen captures below hopefully explain the project deliverables and how it works in more detail.

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