At Parkland Primary School we have a Creative Curriculum Policy.
The Creative Curriculum approach aims to
- raise achievement
- provide a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum.
- build up children’s confidence and motivation to learn through the use of a range of learning and teaching styles.
- challenge thinking.
- enable safe ‘risk taking’.
- promote curiosity for further study.
- embed key skills in order to prepare children for real-life and everyday situations.
- provide opportunities to apply knowledge and learning in practical ways.
- provide a creative approach to planning and delivery that will
- incorporate and embed key aspects of the National Curriculum.
- provide enrichment opportunities where learning and teaching can take place beyond the classroom.
- develop Excellence and Enjoyment.
- support the Every Child Matters Agenda.
- develop social skills and encourage children to become more active citizens within the school community and beyond.
Core or key skills that are developed through the creative curriculum approach are
- application of number
- working with others
- improving own learning and performance
- problem solving
- information processing
These skills should be transferable across subjects.
Organisation of provision
Our creative curriculum has been organised into topics. Each topic takes half a term and is planned to connect learning between foundation and core subjects. Topics are taught on a two year rolling plan for each phase – foundation stage, key stage one, lower key stage two and upper key stage two. Key skills are a focus throughout. Speaking and listening are optimised and the overarching culture for learning is holistic.
Where meaningful links are difficult, some subjects still require discrete teaching and these are given dedicated timetable slots to ensure coverage.
- Numeracy – some maths concepts are taught discretely before being applied in topic contexts.
- Aspects of Literacy – phonics, guided reading and handwriting are taught discretely. A topic context is used where possible.
- RE – this is taught in accordance with diocesan guidelines although links with topics are made where possible.
- PE and swimming
Teaching staff are encouraged to enthuse the children and broaden their
experiences through the ‘WOW’ factor. This is achieved through off-site visits, visitors into school and shared experiences with the wider school community. Stimuli are carefully planned in to the curriculum to ensure that the children are engaged and excited about their learning.
Thinking skills are crucial to our creative curriculum and children are, in all learning, supported in developing different ways of thinking that will lead to independent and active learning.
It is expected that all children will be given the opportunity to learn in a creative
and encouraging learning environment which encompasses a range of learning
and teaching styles. All children are entitled to this as part of the ECM agenda. It is hoped that this approach will motivate and support children’s learning at all
levels including the Gifted and Talented, and children identified with a Special
Educational Need or those who have EAL.
Monitoring and Review
The curriculum has been organised and established in consultation with all
teaching staff and children. It will be regularly reviewed and developed in accordance with the School Development Plan, recommendations from Ofsted and following further consultation with governors, teaching staff and children.
The Curriculum Leader is responsible for overseeing the creative curriculum through:
- regular formal and informal discussions with staff and children.
- monitoring planning to ensure curriculum and key skills coverage.
- working with subject leaders to carry out book scrutinies alongside planning and to ensure cross-curricular links are optimised.
- regular reviews of the curriculum through staff and pupil questionnaires and open dialogue.
- making changes where necessary.
- formulating an action plan to move the school forward.
We will know that our creative curriculum provision is effective and successful when
- children are receiving an exciting and enriched curriculum that connects aspects of learning thematically.
- curriculum coverage is balanced and complete in accordance with national curriculum.
- children, carers and staff are engaged and motivated by the content of lessons
- children are independent thinkers who take ownership over their learning
- key skills are transferred well between curriculum subjects