A Creative Partnership project on the Holocaust

Created by Becky Newbold

What was the school trying to achieve?

A majority of learners undergo a positive educational experience, taught by a team of supportive staff who foster good relationships with parents and the wider community. However many learners feel that Bewdley town does not offer a breadth of different cultural experiences and, therefore, are genuinely excited by new and purposeful experiences.

Curriculum planning offers little opportunity for taking risks, or cross phase/subject collaboration, and ICT facilities are difficult to access for large classes of thirty at key stage three to four. Questionnaires had identified the need for more ICT skills in animation and filmmaking, whilst the Head of Art wanted to explore more original ideas and feelings connected to sensitive and emotive starting points, whilst working towards a professional brief with a team of artists. The department also wished to develop issue-based projects.

The priorities therefore were to empower and personalise learning, exploit new technologies, and develop a sustainable project that would cascade new skills in animation, filming and editing to other learners. It was decided to provide different group mixes, engender cross phase collaboration and the space to work outside the timetable.

Students were to be encouraged to take risks and learn from mistakes, and develop a wider cultural understanding, with a sense of purpose through cross curriculum links.

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