Despite the uncertainty, there are practical reasons why we need creativity and flexibility in our approach to the curriculum during coronavirus.
Using the curriculum to let pupils create, make and perform projects that interest them can provide opportunities for students to express their feelings and emotions, spark their imagination, develop independence, maintain motivation and build resilience in the face of uncertainty.
In the return to school there are a range of ways that schools can support pupils to learn through making in subjects like art, music and drama. Some of your pupils may have been involved and excited about the creative work they have done during lockdown. Howe can you build on this and celebrate achievements? For example, what have children learnt if they have been more engaged with baking or cooking? Have they developed any new hobbies?
Support social and emotional needs through creativity
Creative projects support children and young people’s social and emotional needs and help them to talk about and process what they have experienced during lockdown. Examples of this kind of learning are provided in the AGENDA toolkit with activities like What jars you?, getting children to ‘felt’ their feelings, create mood boards or make a relationships web.
Encouraging students to use the time to read for pleasureis not straightforward but is worth the effort, because it is transformative for resilience and triggers success in all areas of learning. Reading is shown to help students make sense of their anxiety and worry, and can counteract excessive screen time. The NEU has worked with education expert Debra Kidd to produce free creative reading packs that schools can use with parents and children from Reception to Year 6. You can also check out the UKLA, Book Trust and Penguin for ideas on books and poetry for older and more advanced readers.
The power of creative methods for talking about sensitive issues with young people
Read this research summary, from the NEU series called Research to Reflect On. This summary highlights how important creativity and the arts are for supporting the social and emotional aspects of learning.
Creative approaches to reading for pleasure
Read this research summary, from the NEU series called Research to Reflect On. This summary gives you a recap about helpful practice for supporting children and young people to read for pleasure and fulfilment.