At Eltham Church of England Primary School, we have developed our own creative curriculum that has been in place from September 2014. To be unique to Eltham, we have established a curriculum in which our teachers have designed an innovative and effective approach to teaching the National Curriculum in a cross-curricular way that is tailored to our pupils’ interests and specific needs. We have worked closely with the Student Voice representatives to ensure that the children too have their input into the new creative curriculum to ensure it is engaging for children today.
Our new topic-based approach to learning offers creative cross-curricular opportunities to inspire our pupils and make learning memorable. Pupils will also develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and attitude to learning.
Topic themes stem from our Power of Reading Literacy texts and then 7 Challenge Questions are developed for the children to investigate and encourage higher order thinking.
The creative curriculum at Eltham combines the objectives of the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art and Design Technology into topics. The topics focus on familiar subjects such as ‘Egyptians’ and ‘Victorians’ but also newer, creative themes such as ‘Chocolate’ and ‘The Rainforest’. Texts and therefore topics covered are chosen carefully to prepare children for life in modern Britain. Texts such as the London Eye Mystery, Gregory Cool, Journey to Jo’Burg, Katie in London and Katie in Scotland all expose the children to rich themes which promote liberty, tolerance and mutual respect – all of which ensure that our children are well equipped to contribute to a modern Britain.
Each session then sets out to answer a Challenge Question. We believe that as well as being unique and inspirational, these questions and topics meet the aims, expectations, skills and objectives of the new National Curriculum 2014 in a challenging and creative way producing high quality outcomes.
We aim for our children to be inspired and enjoy their learning – develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be positive citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own identity and their community and respect the cultures of others.