Stage Two: Chasing the Spirit of Crearte in the Primary Classroom
During the academic year following stage one of the project the school have undergone a review of their existing curriculum and have decided that their children would benefit from an approach to teaching and learning that matches the expectations that were highlighted in our initial Crearte sessions.
The teacher leading the school in their review became part of the Crearte project at the beginning of Phase Two. She has a background in contemporary art practice and attended the "Training of the Trainer" sessions held in Jaen in November 2016. She has been working closely with the two teachers who participated in the initial training to create schemes of learning that ask pupils to engage in learning holistically, drawing upon what we have identified in stage one of the project as being related to : The Head; The Hands; The I and The Us. These schemes of learning were implemented in two classrooms across the academic year 2016-17 with children aged 5 and 6 and 9 and 10.
Samples of planning and photographs of the process and product are outlined in the booklet Project Based Learning at John Donne Primary School and commentary from pupils who were part of stage 2 of the project can be found in the videos both of which uploaded to this site.