ATL stands for Applied Trans-discipline Learning. 

Applied Trans-discipline Learning: Learning between, across and beyond different disciplines, that is relevant to the real world and applied to real practical situations. The goal is to access, analyse and synthesise information and knowledge over several disciplines in order to understand the operation and issues facing the world today and in the future.

Aspirations recognise that, as well as knowledge, students need to develop their ability and skills to apply and repurpose knowledge in order to survive in a rapidly changing world.

In order to ensure the development of a curriculum that ensures a depth of knowledge, the application of knowledge and the development of 21st century skills, the central feature of the ‘No Limits’ model is the development of a curriculum that fully embraces both single-discipline Learning (CORE) and trans-discipline learning (APPLIED)

The essential 11 skills for success in the 21st century

  1. Sense making (critical thinking): The ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding how and why ideas connect.
  2. Communication (social intelligence): The ability to connect to others e ectively, to sense and stimulate reactions and interactions.
  3. Creative and adaptive thinking (Innovation): The ability to think and develop solutions and ideas.
  4. Cross-cultural competency (Global Citizenship): The ability to operate in different cultural settings.
  5. Entrepreneurialism: The ability to meet an unsatisfied demand or to radically improve the performance of something.
  6. Media literacy: The ability to use and develop content that uses all media forms.
  7. Trans-disciplinarity: The ability to access, analyse and synthesise information across several disciplines (subjects).
  8. Productivity and accountability: Productivity is the ability to create a product whilst accountability is taking a role in the creation of a product and taking responsibility for the performance of the product.
  9. Cognitive load management: The ability to discriminate and filter information for importance. This involves all aspects of perception, thinking, reasoning, and remembering.
  10. Collaboration: The ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a team, physically and virtually.
  11. Resilience: The process of adapting well in the face of adversity.


What are we studying?

Academic year 2020-21


The year 7 ATL curriculum will be delivered within six assignments during the academic year. Each Assignment will have a driving question and incorporate a number of different disciplines.

Autumn term 1 

Demos Kratos- How can we propose a change to improve our school or community?

Students will understand that for any institutional or political change to occur the issue has to be communicated persuasively and in accordance with historically specific institutional or political rules. Students will learn about rhetoric and how shakespearean characters use rhetoric to persuade. They will also learn about some landmark historical moments for democracy and authority in the UK, and how contemporary democracy and citizenship work.

Love and Loss- How can we judge what is essential to life?

Students will understand the physiological, emotional and leadership responses to the question, ‘What is essential in life’. They will analyse different examples of love and loss in literature – poetry and look at Historic examples of leadership. They will also analyse the functions of the heart, brain and circulatory system, and then make a judgement about what is essential in life.

Autumn Term 2

Shakespeare Redesigned- How can we imagine key themes of Shakespeare’s work in a different era?

Students will do an depth study of two of shakespearean villains. Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet, and Lady Macbeth from Macbeth. They will also do an in depth study the causes and consequences of the 1st World War. Students will imagine one of the Shakespearean characters playing a role in WW1, and write a Shakespearean-esque script for a scene depicting an important event in WW1. The scene will then be filmed as part of the assignment

Spring term 1

Tomorrow’s World (And The Next Day…) – How have technological advances changed the life of a Year 7 student in the UK and what does the future hold?

All students will learn basic skills of coding, website building, 3D modelling and digital eSafety. Students will learn how technology has changed people’s daily lives, specifically over the last 50 years (1969 – first moon landing), including the power generating it (electricity). How will the increased use of technology and social media in the future change society? Within small groups, students will collaboratively research, design and prototype a product for the future which solves a real-life everyday problem (with the aim of having it developed or manufactured).

Spring term 2 and Summer term 1

The Curious Case of Professor Crypto

This assignment will be completed on their chrome books and will include:

  • Data representation
  • Binary – symbols, numbers
  • Fun, practical activities – clues need to be solved based on binary to solve the case of Professor Crypto.
  • Programming – Scratch – decrypt caesar cipher. Builds on complexity
  • Python programming

 Summer Term 1 and 2

Sport of The Day – How can we, as Year 7 students, create and design a new sport that is inclusive and enjoyed by the next Year 7 cohort?

With the 2020 Summer Olympics possibly taking place in Tokyo in 2021 students will work on a sporting assignment. Students will work in groups to create a new sport that they will design, organise and promote. Students will study key historical sporting moments and look at how sport can unite people throughout the world. They will also study the benefits of playing sport and keeping fit and use these ideas when thinking about creating a new sporting idea.

Year 8

The year 8 ATL curriculum will be delivered within six assignments during the academic year. Each Assignment will have a driving question and incorporate a number of different disciplines

Autumn term 1


Students will understand how food production and consumption has changed over time and it varies globally. Students will have knowledge of what a healthy balanced diet looks like and the development and impacts of fast food. Students will explore how food and the economy are linked. Student outcome will involve using all knowledge gained in the first half of the project and research conducted, to successfully create a sustainable global restaurant of the future, complete with menu, advertising campaign, logo, mission statement and economic cost.

Autumn Term 2


Students will learn about pathogens and how they are spread, as well as developing an understanding of outbreaks in history and around the globe (Asia or Africa).  Students will need to use this information to create an advice campaign for a particular scenario that they are given.  Scenarios will be differentiated to challenge a range of students.

The goal of this assignment is to make a clear connection of key events in diseases/outbreaks throughout history to modern day mapping and developing a response to an outbreak – focus on stopping the spread and promoting prevention.

Spring term 1

Games Academy

  • Design own game: (option to do BAFTA YGD – Young Game Designers competition)

Paper based designs – story boring, planning interactions.

Then make game based on the earlier learning  gained from the 5 games

  • Design packaging for games which is eco friendly
  • Creating and planning a social media campaign about the concept of eco packaging.

Spring term 2


Explore the universe and solar system with an in depth study of the moon and Mars, to create a successful colony on Mars, considering social, scientific and geographic aspects of life. End product being a model/virtual model presentation of a colony with a brief explaining the justification and reasoning behind their ideas.

Summer term 1

Global Culture

Students will write a research paper answering the question: How can we, as year 8 students, use globalisation to our advantage. The research paper will explain how the UK is connected to other countries

 Summer term 2


Students will understand the history of Civil Rights and the daily struggles of African Americans. They will also learn literacy and language techniques and the musical structures needed to compose lyrics. Students will be assessed on their language and literacy techniques (English link) in poems and contextual understanding of the time period (History link). Students will also be assessed on their ability to perform their poems to music (Music link). Students will recite or perform their pieces to their peers and adult.

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