The Using Cultural Organisations to Raise Levels of Attainment (UCORLA) project based on the theme of the Cultural Change in Britain 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 to Literacy, ICT, History, Geography, PSHE, dance, art, music, drama, D.T., R.E and community cohesion. As part of the project, Bolton Library lent the school fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts based on this theme and The Phoenix delivered a workshop in order to support the children in exploring the 1950s. In addition, as part of the school’s Service Level Agreement, Bolton Music Service delivered weekly guitar lessons, which were adapted so that they linked to the project and the class visited Harwood Library to research how Britain has changed since 1950. Furthermore, Bolton Museum lent the school the Africa and Asia project boxes and a facilitator delivered a workshop to the children using the artefacts provided. The children also visited Bolton Library, Museum and Archives in order to take part in workshops that focussed on exploring how Britain has changed since 1950. Moreover, Rhythm FX delivered a workshop in order to support the children in creating music that reflected how music has changed since the 1950s and The Phoenix delivered a dance workshop, during which the children had the opportunity to explore how both dance and music have changed since the 1950s. The Phoenix also delivered a drama workshop to support the children in creating a television broadcast based on the project’s theme and Artists in Schools delivered a visual arts workshop that focussed on creating Pop-art. The BSTC created a canvas to document the project.
The teacher assessed that:
- 100% of the children made progress in speaking and listening since the start of the project.
- The project has had a positive effect on the attitude to learning for 100% of the children.
- The project has had a positive effect on the attitude to writing for 100% of the children.
- The project has had a positive effect on the attitude to reading for 100% of the children.
- The project has had a positive effect on the attitude to topic based work for 100% of the children.
The teacher expressed that all the pupils had demonstrated very high levels of enthusiasm towards all aspects of the project. She also stated that all the children have completed their homework projects for this topic, even those who are usually reluctant to demonstrate independent study. The teacher also conveyed that the pupils’ speaking and listening skills had soared as a result of the open-ended activities that were built in to the project. She added that the pupils’ reading results have also been impressive – 100% of the children achieved the end of term target and 28% exceeded their end of term target.
With regard to the impact on her teaching, the teacher expressed that she had planned in more opportunities for pupil voice in order to maximise the enthusiastic attitudes demonstrated. The teacher stated that the school are developing the creative curriculum approach, which is now in its second year. She has shared many aspects of this project with other staff and the staff are now sharing their planning and teaching strategies through peer coaching.