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Embedding Culture and Creativity in the Curriculum

22nd February 2010 - 26th March 2010

The Using Cultural Organisations to Raise Levels of Attainment (UCORLA) project based on the theme of Space 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 in Literacy, Science, ICT, D.T, Music, Dance, Geography and PSHE. As part of the project, Bolton Library lent the school fiction and non-fiction texts based on the theme of “Space” and delivered a story telling session linked to this theme. In addition, Rhythm FX delivered a workshop based on creating space themed music that linked to the story that they read with the library and The Phoenix delivered a workshop based on creating an alien dance using the music created with Rhythm FX. The Phoenix also filmed the children’s performance of the dance and the story. Furthermore, Bolton Science and Technology delivered a workshop based on exploring space, during which the children explored how craters could be made on different surfaces, investigated what it was like in a zero gravity environment, constructed a space rocked whilst wearing astronaut gloves, learned to say space words in Russian and investigated what it would be like for astronauts during take off by completing an activity whilst sitting horizontally. The children also had the opportunity to design, create and launch space rockets, explore the solar system in 3D and analyse space rocks. 

The teacher expressed that the children engaged with the project fully and enjoyed and utilised the support given by the cultural organisations adding that they had developed their ideas through cross curricular links which assisted them in their writing. The teacher also stated that she had seen an improvement in the overall composition and effect of the children’s narrative writing and attributed this to the children having an in-depth understanding of the story sequence, which was enhanced by the cultural organisations.

The teacher expressed that the project had enhanced her understanding of how the curriculum could be adapted to meet the needs of the children. She also stated that it had provided her with stimulating ideas of how cultural organisations could be directly linked to school projects and how cross curricular links could be made between subjects.