ATL stands for Applied Trans-discipline Learning. This is referred to as the ‘No Limits’ Model.

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 10 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 effectively, 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.

The year 7 ATL No limits curriculum will be delivered within five assignments during the academic year. Each Assignment will have a driving question and incorporate a number of different disciplines.

What are we studying?



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.

Autumn Term 2
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.

Spring term 1
Shakespeare Redesigned- How can we imagine key themes of Shakespeare’s work in a different era?

Students will do an in depth study of two of Shakespearean villains. Tybalt from R&J, 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 2 – Summer 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).

Summer term 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 taking place in Tokyo and Euro 2020 taking place throughout cities across Europe, 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.