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South America

Embedding Culture and Creativity in the Curriculum

1st April 2009 - 30th June 2009

The Using Cultural Organisations to Raise Levels of Attainment (UCORLA) project based on South America aimed to provide children with access to both cultural and creative opportunities, with the support of a range of cultural partners, that linked to their work on South America during Literacy, Geography, DT, Art, ICT and Music lessons. As part of the project, the children visited The National Media Museum in Bradford to find out information about the development of telecommunication technology in particular film and photography and Bolton Library lent the school non-fiction and fiction books based on “South American Countries”. In addition, Bolton Music Service delivered weekly lessons on playing Brass and Samba instruments and the children visited Bolton Museum to find out information about South America during the “Global Explorer” workshop. Furthermore, Activ8 supported the class in converting a story written by a pupil in the class into a play, Artists in Schools supported the children in creating masks, props and scenery for the performance of the play and the Phoenix filmed the performance.

The teacher stated that the children had been more engaged during lessons and so their writing levels had increased and their attitude to learning and the curriculum had improved. In addition, the teacher commented that the project had given the children the opportunity to be involved in new experiences and activities and the children had been given life-long memories.

Furthermore, the teacher stated that her teaching of the topic was of a better quality due to the fact that she enjoyed delivering the topic. The teacher added that she intended to use the knowledge gained in delivering the UCORLA project to develop her teaching next year.