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A sober Scot looks at the Rose. Forsythe

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A sober Scot looks at the Rose. Forsythe

  1. 1. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March Fiona M Forsythe Fionn Consultancy Services A Sober Scot looks at the Rose
  2. 2. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March Why on earth… + =
  3. 3. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March Back home in England… Creative Partnerships “the flagship creative learning programme. The programme is designed to develop the skills of young people across England, raising their aspirations and achievements, and opening up more opportunities for their futures.”
  4. 4. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March Comments about the National Curriculum • “I used to see an item on Blue Peter, know that the kids would be really grabbed by it and use it as a theme for a week” • “the literacy and numeracy strategies don’t work” • “I want to teach across the curriculum”
  5. 5. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March Creative Partnerships • Questioning and challenging • Making connections, seeing relationships • Envisaging what might be • Exploring ideas, keeping options open • Reflecting critically on ideas, actions and outcomes
  6. 6. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March The Rose Report 2009 • Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum. DCSF 2009 • “Children relish learning independently” • “[Children] must also learn how to study” • “effective learning occurs when connections are made between subjects”
  7. 7. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March The Rose Report Skills are back on the agenda …but what does this have to do with…
  8. 8. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March Me?
  9. 9. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March Aliens…
  10. 10. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March …we need a spaceship • A hard yard – no grass • Big enough to hide an actor (or two) • Real enough to capture the imagination of Year 6, imaginary enough not to have Reception children in tears • Cheap • Able to be constructed without being seen by the neighbours
  11. 11. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March We had a lot of talking to do • Found an artist – who loves asking questions • Lots of excitement from Police, Fire, Ambulance, University Physics Department • And excitement from the public library service
  12. 12. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March So where are we now? • Had been scheduled for January, then March…but it snowed! • Now looking at 24th May • Building in skill delivery from the public library • Building in questioning skills from a TV researcher
  13. 13. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March What do we think we’ll gain? • From the kids – excitement - thirst for enquiry - removal of barriers between subjects • For the staff - excitement - exploring different skills - links with the Community
  14. 14. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March So • Lots of questioning and challenging • Lots of making connections, seeing relationships • Lots of envisaging what might be • Lots of exploring ideas, keeping options open
  15. 15. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March A space ship a day? • Enquiry based learning can take organising • Who gives the staff the confidence and skills to ‘find things out’ • Who gives the pupils the confidence and skills to ‘find things out’
  16. 16. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March I started with and ended up with aliens
  17. 17. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March Key sites • Creative Partnerships www.creative-partnerships.com http://www.creativitycultureeducation.org/ • Everybody Writes http://www.everybodywrites.org.uk/ • The Rose Report http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/primarycurriculumreview/
  18. 18. LILAC 2010 Wednesday 31st March Thanks fiona@forsythe.demon.co.uk

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