A CREATIVE approach to our curriculum is really important to us as a school, writes headteacher Lesley Pennington.
It’s not just in Year 6 that teachers look for innovative ways to engage the children in their learning. For example, earlier in the year, the Year 2 classrooms were visited by a dragon in the night.
When pupils arrived at school in the morning, they found that the classroom displays had been torn and chairs and tables up-ended.
The contents of the trays were strewn around the room and there was slime on the windows.
Some detective work during the clear-up found evidence that paper had been burnt, and with the help of a dragon hunter, the pupils decided that the dragon had been searching for a missing egg.
This exciting hook led to a huge range of language opportunities and the writing outcomes were fantastic as the pupils were so inspired by the experiences.
Dragons also feature in Year 5, but rather than as an imaginative hook, here we use a Dragons’ Den project to provide a real-life scenario for pupils, giving a real purpose for pupils’ work.
Pupils use a range of skills to devise a money-making scheme with a group.
Pupils must pitch their ideas to the dragons, made up of governors, staff and members of the community, in the hope of being offered a loan to develop their ideas.
They then have to come up with marketing ideas, work out the costings, produce their product and finally take part in an after school fayre where they have to sell their product or service to the school community.
The last Dragons’ Den project raised over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.