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The Merged Action Curriculum (MAC) is an example of a life-based learning curriculum. It sets out a new approach to learning for children between the ages of 5 and 11. You can read more about the Merged Action Curriculum by clicking here.

If you are a classroom teacher, a curriculum leader, a parent, or just someone with an interest in what we are teaching our children, this page is for you.

The MAC framework divides the curriculum into nine ‘learning domains’. We have formulated a key enquiry question relating to each of the nine learning domains.

The nine enquiry questions are set out below. Click on the individual links for additional detail.

Your feedback will be invaluable in the development of a life-based curriculum that puts the needs of our children first.


Explore our enquiry questions

Wellbeing Award for Schools

The Body

What would be the benefits for children’s learning if we were to take a more integrated approach to the different subjects that relate to knowledge of the body, health and wellbeing?

Teaching about the Climate Emergency

The Emotions

What impact would there be on children’s learning and wellbeing if emotional development were given the same status as all other curriculum areas?

Children's Mental Health Week

The Mind

What impact would it make on learning if children learned to learn the way the brain works?

Wellbeing Award for Schools

Communication

What impact would there be on learning if the focus were on communication in all its aspects rather than just on the native language and mathematics (as is the case with the National Curriculum in England, for example)?

Teaching about the Climate Emergency

Relationships

What features of a teacher’s body language and paralanguage are most effective in developing a positive dynamic relationship with children and inspiring learning?

Children's Mental Health Week

Community

What impact would it make to children’s learning if the usual educational meaning of ‘community’ were changed to one that includes the history of the local community in the context of the country’s national history?

Wellbeing Award for Schools

Plant Life

How can we make children’s learning about the importance of plants to human life seem relevant to them?


Teaching about the Climate Emergency

Animal Life

Should children by the age of 11, or younger, learn about the impact of animal food production on animals and what purpose would such learning serve?

Children's Mental Health Week

Physical World

What difference would it make to children’s learning about the material world if learning were put into the context of human use and misuse of the planet’s resources?