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The TASC Curriculum
Our History, Geography, Art and Design Technology curriculum at
Springfield is organised to engage the children as active learners,
developing their knowledge, subject skills as well as their self confidence
and self esteem. The TASC approach is designed to make learning
relevant, exciting and stimulating. It enables our pupils to ask questions,
seek answers, present their findings and evaluate their learning.
What is TASC?
Thinking Actively in a Social Context. TASC is a universal, inclusive, and wellproven
framework for teaching, problem-solving and thinking skills. Developed
by Belle Wallace (from 1980 ff.), the TASC Framework is in line with what
neuroscience tells us about how the brain works, and, consequently, how all
children (and adults!) learn.
Why does Springfield use TASC?
· It promotes inclusive learning
· · Delivers the Every Child Matters government agenda
· Expands and improve provision for Gifted and Talented pupils
· Inspires creativity and develops cross-curricular problem-solving
· Improves Assessment for Learning
TASC provides teachers with a framework that supports pupil thinking and
creative problem-solving. It also creates confident, creative, independent
learners. It is not another initiative. It can be used to structure the work the
children are doing to help children achieve.
Does TASC work with all children?
TASC works across all subjects, ages and cultures and is gender neutral. TASC
gives less able children a framework for their thinking and allows gifted
children to ‘fly’. It has been used to help under-achieving schools turn
themselves round, works with pupils of all ages from Nursery children to ALevel
students and adult learners.
What are the principles of using TASC?
The principles of TASC are the principles of good learning:
· We think best when we are relaxed, reflective and working with our hands.
Many of us like to share our thinking but we may sometimes want to develop
an idea on our own.
· Thinking is not a linear process. Expert thinkers are flexible and resilient,
so you can jump from segment to segment of the TASC Wheel, miss stages
out, revisit previous segments or work in a different order.
· You are allowed to think whatever you want, so you can’t be wrong. You may
wish to rethink as you go, refining and adapting ideas. You may use other
people’s ideas and piggy-back your own thinking onto them.