Why Work with Creative Professionals?
From Creative Workplaces to a Creative Classroom
Creative practitioners in many fields work in small teams on clearly defined projects with clear boundaries - often in terms of time, ambition and money.
Creative teams may often contain a mixture of skills: for example a graphic designer will work with a photographer and a copywriter to create a booklet; a computer specialist and perhaps a videographer join the team to create a matching website. They are experts in their own creative disciplines, but they are all experts at communicating with each other, working together and exploring the interfaces between their contributions.
A similar approach can work in the primary classroom. By approaching a topic from several angles we allow children a range of novel approaches to learn and access a subject. By developing new skills they will discover more about the world and about themselves.
A Typical Project
In a typical World War 1 project one group of children can develop ICT skills researching the trenches; others write poetry inspired by the war poets; a third group create a collage to be used as a backdrop whilst a fourth devise a moment of theatre exploring living in a confined and dangerous space. In the final weeks of the project the children come together with a flip video camera and create a short film to which they have all contributed, and which can be shared with other classes in assembly and with parents via the school website.
Children will be inspired to learn and discover in new ways, whilst boosting their confidence and creativity.
On the next page you can find out more about our projects.