Banks Methodist School
Banks Methodist is committed to the live arts - it is an essential component in developing the whole child. As a very small school, every child has an opportunity and is encouraged to involve him or herself in the arts and creativity.
Within a gifted and willing community, we saw an opportunity to involve, not only the children, but families and friends, in a project to enhance skills and opportunities for the children despite the constraints of a prescriptive National Curriculum.
Every Thursday afternoon an army of grown ups arrive in school to work with groups of children, mixed ages, between four and eleven years old - yes, we are an inclusive school - willing to share their gifts and skills with the children on a pre-planned programme of activities.
Children throughout the year get a taste of various activities and develop skills across a wide range of activities including cross stitch, knitting, baking, ICT, quilling, horticulture, modern technology, textiles, card/book making, etc., culminating in an Arts Festival or annual competition.
Volunteers come from the local WI, Chapel, Governors, Families, the wider community; are all CRB cleared and receive induction training.
The project has evolved since Sept. 2004.
Peel Park Primary School
We started by looking at a competence led curriculum and by identifying the type of learners we wanted to achieve. We put together our ideas of what a successful Y6 pupil would look like and created a "Learning Profile". We then defined our shared understanding of "Creativity" and how we could change the curriculum to ensure much more relevance, enjoyment and active learning could be achieved.
We decided an a "themetic" approach based on clear "Contexts for learning" -these would be based on real (as opposed to contrived) links. It was necessary to change the planning formats to accommodate a new style of skills-based planning. Contexts for learning were decided upon by each of the teams in school (Foundation, KS1, Lower and Upper KS2.) An initial "brainstorm" of ideas takes place, then the skills to be covered are identified, mapped and recorded and then a sequence of lessons is identified.
Literacy and numeracy are taught each day and linked to the theme if possible. RE, PE and some science is blocked, as are other aspects of the curriculum that don't fit.
Key NC skills are progressively being assessed. A "Creative" pupil council exists which is visiting creative industries, suggesting projects and evaluating our learning journey. There is much more evidence of teachers taking risks, visits and visitors, pupils shaping learning and enjoying the refreshing and often unexpected formats of lessons.
Coppull Parish C of E Primary (Innovative Practice Award)
Aim was to develop a creative, skills based curriculum that gives ownership of learning and teaching back to the teachers. We wanted to develop a cross curricular approach to learning that enables the children to make connections between different aspects of learning.
Brinscall St. John's Primary School
For all members of school life to be involved and have an awareness of a creative curriculum.
For parents to have a greater awareness of their childs curriculum in order to support them at home and increase enthusiasm. To use the skills/expertise parents have to offer.
To extend provision for creative thinking in curriculum. For children and staff to enjoy school. Freedom for teachers to plan using a more cross-curricular approach.