Passion Pursuits as a weekly transdisciplinary and transversal student-led learning initiative that gives Primary students the opportunity to choose, explore, inquiry into, and develop their passions. Through this programme, students from different classes and grades are grouped according to their shared interests, allowing them to learn from each other in a collaborative environment.
2 hours every Friday, throughout the school year, students meet with their work groups to develop projects they have chosen from different areas: shooting a short film, a music concert, fashion, or technology have been some of the works they have chosen this year, giving students the freedom to express their creativity and to inquire into what fascinates them the most.
With this project we seek to put the student at the center of its educational model and the Passion Pursuits are an example of how to align SEK values and purpose to learning. This educational project encourages students’ autonomy, while helping them to make decisions, solve problems and develop skills they need in their daily lives. In addition, this activity allows them to meet classmates from other grades and ages with whom they share hobbies or interests, creating new bonds and promoting teamwork, one of the benefits most highlighted by the students.
As one of the key drives to develop this project, teachers considered that not only does it help our students to explore their motivations and personal tastes, but it also allows them to discover and develop their individual talents, promoting teamwork.
Throughout all learning within the contexts of the Units of Inquiry, the teachers offer students the opportunity and promote their agency to carry out projects in the way they want or feel capable and from their own learning experiences. Oftentimes learning is focused and differentiated through areas of interest and in this sense, Passion Pursuits follows this structure. However, as students have the opportunity to work in a collaborative, transdisciplinary, and transversal fashion, this allows for better possibilities for differentiation based in skill, motivation, aptitude and knowledge. Therefore, this allows students to progress in areas and allow them to foster their creativity and motivation in their daily work.