At our school we follow a creative curriculum where pupils learn about topics which cover several subject areas. The children play a big part in guiding the sections covered in each topic by putting forward their own ideas about what they would like to find out about a particular area. We are careful to cover all required aspects of the primary curriculum during a two year rolling programme.
At the start of each topic an overview is sent home to parents including guidance on ways in which they can support the children in their learning.
The creative curriculum is a carefully planned, thematic approach to teaching and learning designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. Foundation subjects, especially history, geography (and science), are a main subject focus in projects with links to subjects made clear in both planning and in teaching. Where possible Literacy is also planned within other subjects e.g. recounts in history.
Children experience ‘wow’ moments which are fun & memorable and usually take place at the start of a topic to enhance a child’s learning by bringing the topic alive. Direct experience is placed at the centre of the curriculum so that teachers draw out and develop children’s thinking and capacities in meaningful contexts, with a wide range of first hand experiences offered both within the school and beyond. Children, adults and parents work with each other, drawing resources from the school, locality and wider community to create a challenging, distinctive and exciting curriculum.
An Assessment Wheel is used on a regular basis in order to ascertain children’s prior knowledge, skills and understanding within the theme. Pupils’ responses are recorded on the wheel and that same wheel is re-visited a week later, giving pupils the opportunity to reflect on responses given and add more information, based on what they have since learnt. A new, blank wheel is then completed using different questions as part of the ‘plan, teach, assess’ cycle.