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Contrasting Climates of the World

Embedding Culture and Creativity in the Curriculum

1st September 2009 - 31st October 2009

The Using Cultural Organisations to Raise Levels of Attainment (UCORLA) project based on Contrasting Climates of the World aimed to provide Year 5 children with access to both cultural and creative opportunities, with the support of a range of cultural partners, that linked to their work during Literacy, Geography, History, DT, Art, ICT, Science and Music lessons. As part of the project, the teachers visited the School Library Service to select non-fiction and fiction texts based on the theme of hot and cold climates and the school borrowed the Africa project loan box from Bolton Museum. In addition, a set designer from Activ8 supported both classes in creating warm and cold displays in the class room and the children visited High Street Library to carry out research for their topic. The children also visited the BSTC to explore how penguins keep warm and Blackpool Zoo to learn about animals from warm and cold climates. Furthermore, Bolton Music Service supported the teachers in delivering weekly lessons which enabled the children to explore warm and cold sounds.

  • The teachers expressed that the children were much more confident about sharing their ideas, knowledge and skills with others. They also stated that the children were much more enthusiastic about their learning and were eager to learn more independently outside the classroom.  The teachers added that the opportunities for the children to meet people from cultural and creative organisations and hear about their experiences, ideas and knowledge related to the topic impacted on their learning and the children had become keen to participate in their own learning activities and produced additional pieces of work, which complimented the learning that they had undertaken during the school day. The teachers also expressed that the children were more willing to share their thoughts and ideas with others, particularly their parents, without having to be asked.

  • The teachers stated that the project enabled them to be much more creative in the delivery of the topic. It also provided the children with many more first-hand experiences which is important and valuable to children, who live in an area of social deprivation.

    The teachers also stated that the workshop delivered by Activ8 had inspired them into thinking about how such workshops could be used at the beginning of other topics and they hope to visit the BSTC again next year to repeat the experiments relating to how penguins keep warm. Furthermore, the teachers stated that the visit to High Street Library was a valuable experience and thus the school intend to forge closer links with the library so that all classes from Reception up to year 6 will visit the library every half term.