The Creative Curriculum
You can teach a child a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.
Clay P Bedford
The Creative Approach to the Curriculum at Antony School
The creative approach to the curriculum is by no means a new idea and is all about encouraging our children to become creative thinkers. It is not confined to ‘arts and crafts’. This is a common misconception when people hear the word ‘creative’.
We are all called upon to think ‘creatively’ in our daily lives:
- We manage a household or business budget ‘creatively’ to ensure needs are met.
- We manage relationships ‘creatively’ at home and in the work place.
- We parent our children ‘creatively’ to maintain order and care in our homes.
We are sure that you would all be able to give examples of where you are required to think and act ‘creatively’ in your daily lives.
As professionals, we know that the children need a very good understanding of the basic number and literacy skills through discrete subject teaching. Approximately 50% of a class timetable is dedicated to such teaching.
However, this is not sufficient. Our young children need an exciting and meaningful experience which helps them to contextualise this learning and apply their knowledge in different situations. For example, every child is taught how to order decimals, but they must be able to apply this knowledge when using money in real life situations. It is no use teaching the abstract without using it within a meaningful context.
Whole School Topics
We plan whole school topics together with each class taking a specific aspect of the topic to focus on. Every child contributes to the planning process which ensures that they are fully engaged in their learning.
Please see the school prospectus to gain a deeper understanding of the creative approach to the curriculum at Antony school.