The Creative Curriculum
English is at the heart of our creative curriculum. We teach many subjects using a cross-curricular approach. This means that there are strong links between subjects and children see learning as being connected, relevant and purposeful. Skills that pupils may have learnt in Computing or DT are used and applied to another context. Skills are extended and enriched through this approach and the children tell us that learning is fun! And we all know that when we enjoy something we are more likely to learn.
So what might this look like in practice?
A cross-curricular approach to the Ancient Greeks would include, visiting the British Museum to learn about the culture, history and see the artefacts of Ancient Greece, to ask questions and examine the evidence of their culture; to learn about Greek myths and legends, write new myths, which could be turned into a performance (drama) and recorded using digital devices. This could then be edited using suitable software. Art work would involve the use of pastels or rich paints and children would paint Greek urns and pots; cook Greek food and experience a Greek day where Greek food would be tasted and children (and staff) dress in Greek togas.
The curriculum is rich, key skills are taught and applied to an interesting context.