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Creative partnerships

“These partnerships inspire young people, teachers and creative professionals to challenge how they work and

experiment with new ideas.” creative-partnerships.com

Case Study: Princeville Junior School

I was invited to become a Creative Partner at Princeville Junior School in Bradford in January 2009. My role has been to work with other creatives and staff from the school to develop an outdoor classroom on waste ground adjacent to the school and in keeping with the Creative Partnership remit, to promote creative approaches to teaching at the school.

I worked closely with reception teachers to devise and run sessions in the school grounds with fire as the central theme. the reception classes were looking at different cultures using the “My granny went to market” book. From the cultures/countries in the book, Mexico, African and Japan were chosen as the subjects for three themed days during which fire was used for: cooking food; as a social focus for storytelling and as an industrial tool to produce dyes for kite painting.

“Sir, you are better than the didgeridoo man”

The feedback from these sessions and other activities run throughout the school as well as consultation with staff and children informed the CP process at every stage and helped the decision making process with regard to the development of the outdoor classroom.

I am currently working with the same two classes, now in year one, on outdoor activities around the concepts of under, over, in and out.

Alan Scully

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