At St Dominic’s, we aim to foster a life-long love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross curricular approach to learning. Our Creative Curriculum aims to deliver a twenty-first century education that will equip our pupils with the skills required to be an independent and responsible citizen.
Creative Curriculum sessions cover different subjects of the curriculum as part of one theme, which changes each half term. Trips out are regularly included, as well as workshops presented by visiting specialists.
Lessons are tailored around the exploration of the theme across all areas of the curriculum, with the emphasis on learning from experience. Themes are taught and subject teachers work together to promote cross phase work. In this way, each subject is covered but because it merges into the theme, it becomes a fun way of learning. The subjects included in the Creative Curriculum are: Humanities, Spanish, Design and Technology/Food Technology, Art and Design, Music and ICT, with references to Literacy and Numeracy.
We formally level pupils’ understanding through using statements based on the National Curriculum Objectives. We aim to deliver this by making learning more meaningful, through putting it into context, establishing cross-curricular links to foster a broader understanding.
The core skills pupils will develop are: Communication, Application of Number, Working with Others, Information, Multi-Media and Technological Skills, Improving Own Learning and Performance, Problem Solving, Information Processing, Reasoning, Enquiry, Creative Thinking and Evaluation. These skills will be transferrable across subjects. Pupils work is assessed and recorded in their Individual Portfolio.
The Creative Curriculum aims to: raise achievement, challenge thinking, enable safe risk taking, and embed key skills in order to prepare pupils for real-life and everyday situations and develop excellence and enjoyment.