At Palatine our creative curriculum includes music, art and design and technology. These creative areas are promoted and taught through each topic within our learning hubs. Pupils are encouraged to be able to plan, design, create and evaluate at a level that is appropriate to them. We believe that all pupils are able to take part in the creative process and as such we promote creativity and individualism within all our teaching and learning.
To do this we aim to create whole School art projects for display within our school environment. Examples of this have been our large felt hanging which was inspired by our school pond. Every pupil was able to create a piece of felt which was then stitched together to create this fantastic wall hanging.
“Our School Pond” created by pupils of Palatine School 2014
We were also lucky enough to be able to work with renowned artist Nicholas Pope who led a creative art day where pupils were able to create a piece of work entitled “me and my school animals”. Each pupil created a self-portrait of themselves as their class animal which was interpreted into a large art piece for our school by Nicholas Pope.
To continue to promote creativity within the school environment we have been able to appoint a lead practitioner to support groups of pupils in creating collaborative art projects for the school environment.
In the promotion of music across the school we have been able to appoint a music leader who provides discrete music teaching across the school as well as provide individual musical interaction therapy and music tuition. We follow the ABC simple music scheme to supplement the discrete music teaching provided by the music leader. We also have a 10 week slot with Russ the ‘musicman’ who comes in and works with the different classes to provide music lessons linked to the children’s topics. The children are able to try out different instruments, including the ukulele, sing and take part in interactive session around rhythm and other musical topics.
All classes within the school benefit from being able to take part in cookery experiences and learn basic cooking skills. We benefit from the use of a cookery room facility where pupils are able to develop their understanding of food hygiene, health and safety. We also promote pupils positive relationships with food through messy sensory sessions for pupils who need extra support in tolerating and enjoying a wide variety of food.
To supplement our creative curriculum we often have visiting workshops and artists who provide exciting unforgettable experiences for the children. Highlights are our annual visiting pantomime, who are funded by Happy Days charity, and the visiting Zulu Dancers. We have also taken part in dance workshops in liaison with local schools such as Chatsmore Catholic School, Oak Grove College and English Martyrs School. We have had the ‘Otherworld’ experience visit the school, having our hall transformed into a jungle where children could access different sensory experiences, musical instruments and storytelling.
Our visiting Zulu dancers