The start • The leadership focus….. • To be convinced yourself that it is a journey worth taking • Resilience • A place on the SDP…..powering school direction • Reflected in Teaching and Learning Policy
.. I’ll buy it!! • My new iphone….. • Looks brilliant…it IS brilliant • I’m terrified of it • How do I actually use it to release its full potential? Becoming a creative learning school…. • Could be overwhelming…. ……. Where to start? I only know one story, one journey…this is how it went…. Actually…this is how it’s still going…..
The threat exists of children drifting into underachievement through disengagement……[20/20 vision document ~ 2006] The key question… How could we bring sparkle into learning?
Journey… Disparate parts to explore….. • Why…Who…Where…How…What…? • …….next?
Children… • Prussia 1717….chalk and talk ‘today’s children are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach’ [Mark Prensky, games producer] • Children today are ‘digital natives’ • Are we teaching children for a world that no longer exists? ‘the world our children is going to live in is changing four times faster than our schools’ [Dr W Daggett] • We are preparing our children for jobs that haven’t been created yet
And…… ‘ Today’s children and young people are less passive, biddable and deferential than in past generations’ [20/20 vision document] ……… no pressure then……
Ethos … creating the culture • Where are you when your best ideas come to you? • Enabling a free flow of ideas in an atmosphere which is not pressured… • Allowing time for thinking • Activity not prescribed • Fostering independence…in thought and action • Sharing the culture
Creating the ethos is all about C words…. • Culture Curiosity Challenge • Can do Courage Celebration • Chorizo ….. • Capriciousness Communication • Continuity Character Collaboration
Teaching • Teaching creatively and teaching FOR creativity…. • Can you remember your best teacher? • AfL central • Motivation is a four letter word [Ian Gilbert] • Questioning, reflective, celebrate difference • ‘Good teachers are unpredictable’ [Tim Brighouse/PHA]
Outcomes for teachers • A key focus has been on empowering teachers • Out of the comfort zone for some… • CPD so important & ongoing support • ICT upskilling • Up to speed?.....doctors? • School ethos…. Collaboration…confidence… fostering and allowing freedom to look sideways
Curriculum….. • Tempting to be the starting point • Invest in the spirit…the attitudes and values • Ensure whole community is singing from the same philosophical song sheet • Harmony not unison….
The creative curriculum • The bulging suitcase…’must have’ items • Remain focused on children • The most complex of journeys • So many curriculum webs …. • So many QCA schemes of work • Excellence and enjoyment • Literacy and numeracy priorities
At BSM…….. • Rigour and structure to the process • Keen focus on basic skills… • Lots of talking….lots of imagining • Key role of enrichment activities • Creativity and successful learning inseparable
The planning process • The whole year overview • Adding wealth of enrichment activities….. • Activities integrated into curriculum…not add-ons to interrupt normal flow • Broad themes….initially strong QCA focus • Well-versed in making connections across curriculum to reinforce learning
And then one day in cross-curricular land… • The innocuous question…. ‘what does a Y2 historian look like compared to a Y5 one? • How to keep track of children’s learning in subjects that have crossed each others boundaries? • Moved away from many of QCA schemes • Skills based curriculum • The audit…
Creative learning journeys • Thematic approach • Rolling programmes for KS1 and KS2 • Coverage of skills across the year… no gaps • Closely assessed • Imaginative and free • Spirituality • The children love it …[animation]
The ultimate goal…. • Teaching for creativity. • Striving for everyone to be creative learners • Think independently, happy to be different • Be good collaborators, open to the ideas of others • Be articulate, be good communicators…. Skilled in the art of asking questions • Be reflective problem solvers, confident to take risks • Think sideways….. • Love learning
That is the destination….. We’re getting there…..
INFO……… • www.hamilton-trust.org.uk • Curriculum planning for Primary schools ~ Education Development Service, Somerset 01823 356150 • The New Learning Revolution ~ Gordon Dryden, Jeanette Vos Network Press ISBN 1-85539-183-X