Creative Curriculum Time Is Launched at Hilden Oaks
“Thinking and behaving creatively brings vitality to learning, providing the motivation to tackle bigger challenges and, when effective, increasing pupils’ confidence and self-esteem. Where creativity has an important place in the curriculum, pupils generally have very positive attitudes towards learning and enjoy coming to school” Ofsted
As well as using the National Curriculum as the basis for much of our curriculum, Hilden Oaks strives to broaden the experience of our children to enrich their learning. The introduction of Creative Curriculum Time in January 2016 has enabled the children to:
- Work on topics not covered by the curriculum;
- Work in collaboration with children in other year groups; and
- Work with teachers that they don’t usually encounter
The children are arranged in mixed groups within their Key Stage. A topic is chosen for the term (for the Spring Term 2016 it is Japan) and teachers choose related activities; these may be linked to curriculum subjects, or they may utilise a particular skill or interest of the teacher.
One day each half of term is devoted to Creative Curriculum Time activities. Children spend time during the Creative Curriculum days with a number of teachers so that they experience a range of activities..
At the end of term, a display about the topic will be put on in the Hall, and parents will be invited to see what the children have done.
Creative Curriculum Time has been very well received by both staff and children. The children are engaged and interested. They have opportunities to learn from each other and to work as a team, and the unusual activities allow them to take risks and to develop previously unknown skills.