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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 science topic “Ourselves” aimed to provide year 2 children with access to both cultural and creative opportunities, with the support of a range of cultural partners that linked to their work Literacy, Art, DT, Music and Science lessons. As part of the project, Bolton Library lent the school non-fiction and fiction books based on “Ourselves” and delivered a story-telling session based on “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and the Music Centre supported the by delivering weekly Music lesson that enabled the children to explore body percussion sounds. In addition, the class visited the art gallery at Bolton Museum for a workshop based on portraits and creating self-portraits and the BSTC supported the school in delivering a workshop that enabled the children to make a scarecrow and label the different body parts. Furthermore, Activ8 supported the school in delivering a drama games workshop based on exploring facial expressions and the senses and The Phoenix supported the school in delivering a dance workshop based on moving the body and emotions.

  • The teacher expressed that the children enjoyed the fun cultural activities that were provided as part of the UCORLA project and particularly responded well to the practical and hands-on experiences. In addition, the teacher stated that for many children the cultural activities were a new experience for them and so they were more excited about their work.

  • The teacher also commented that the project had extended her own thoughts on how to teach basic skills creatively and stated that she intends to use the knowledge that she gained in delivering the UCORLA project in her future curriculum planning. The teacher added that she intends to use cultural organisations more in the future, particularly Bolton Museum and Art Gallery and the BSTC and she also intends to incorporate more dance and drama in her teaching as she deemed that the workshops delivered by The Phoenix and Activ8 were excellent.