Glistening Gold Creative Curriculum Week
We designed and led a creative curriculum week for a school with the aim of using the arts to improve attainment. The Staff team decided on a theme of Glistening Gold as it linked to the school’s mission statement and award system.
“It fits in well with our Unicorn Award, Golden Unicorns that are rewarded to pupils for great work and attitude. It is also the 50th anniversary of the school so we want all pupils and teachers to sparkle, shine and dazzle together.” Head teacher, Thomas’s Kensington
We recommended using the Arts Award framework to structure and record outcomes and worked collaboratively with staff to tailor workshops including an animation project. We brought in contemporary artists to work on specific projects and led assemblies based on the theme. We used specialist engagement frameworks including Visible Thinking Skills. Find out more here.
See the curriculum for the week.
We were delighted with the Creative Week that Caroline and Tali delivered for our teachers and pupils. I asked them to devise a programme around a theme closely linked to events at our school. We reward pupils with Golden Unicorns for great work and attitude. It was also the 50th anniversary of the school so we wanted all pupils and teachers to sparkle, shine and dazzle together. They chose the theme of glistening gold to link all our Creative Week events.
They provided a team of gallery educators to deliver one assembly each day for a week on the glistening gold theme. The children were excited, and curious throughout, and the educators were incredibly engaging and inspiring. Caroline and Tali worked with staff to help programme specific gold themed events and ideas, including animation and illustration workshops. In preparation for the Creative Week, they led an excellent arts and professional development workshop for staff to build confidence and to share creative ideas. They introduced us to Visible Thinking Routines, using a painting as a starting point, enabling staff to learn several thinking routines to support students to engage and extend their learning. We highly recommend them if you are looking to devise an innovative and creative curriculum or assembly for the whole school.
Joanna Ebner, Headmistress of Thomas’s Kensington