Robert Sinclair offers some ideas on how to introduce climate change lessons into the primary classroom, as part of the KS2 geography curriculum

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We cannot be serious all the time: schools need to be exciting stimulating places where people can laugh, have ideas, clash and spark off each other, says David Leat

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Our future economy and society is going to depend on creative individuals if it is to thrive. So while the position of creativity within the new Government’s future curriculum has still not been laid out in detail, one thing is certain: young people are always going to need creative skills. So this month’s Case in Point focuses on how to embed creativity in all learning activity to achieve joined-up thinking that will benefit students, staff and the whole school, with this case study illustrating how to achieve this in practice

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While the future direction of education policy hangs in the balance Dave Weston argues the case for keeping the creative ethos of recent primary reviews very much in mind

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This, the first Early Years Focus, provides advice on how to be a creative practitioner for those working with young children in the Early Years Foundation Stage

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Anne de A’Echevarria looks at three practical ‘creative thinking tools’ for classroom use

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Learning and Thinking Skills looks at activities that can be used to initiate dialogue about creativity between staff and students

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Creative thinking is Anne de A’Echevarria’s new focus within her exploration of the QCA Personal Learning and Thinking Skills framework — in this issue particularly focusing on staff working together to encourage creative thinkers across the curriculum

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Chris Fenton enthuses about the possibilities of reintegrating the curriculum, and making it more creative and relevant to children

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, concentrating on what a creative thinking space is and how it can stimulate learning

These enrichment activities focus on design, psychology and communication, looking at sportswear innovation and the use of slang read more

This week we’re looking at how teachers and TAs can support pupils with SEN in art lessons, as well as how art therapy can be used to help individual children with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties

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These enrichment activities get pupils to think about unusual animals and ways of converting natural power into electricity read more

Thinking about death with secondary students, and imagining flying homes with primary pupils read more

These activities get pupils to explore innovative ways to approach maths and to consider their ethical standpoint. read more

These activities encourage pupils to use their problem solving skills to tackle two very different issues. read more

Developing pupils’ creative thinking skills, drawing on recent events for inspiration read more

A secondary enrichment activity which asks pupils to consider the ethics of economic conditions, while for primary pupils there’s a creative activity about resources read more

These activities encourage pupils to think both logically and creatively to find solutions for everyday problems read more

Demands for a more creative curriculum are emerging thick and fast, but what do we mean by this and how might it be achieved in teaching? Rachel Lofthouse reports

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How can you provide adequate opportunities for gifted and talented artistic students? Joan Hardy has found the Arts Award scheme to be an effective means of identifying and encouraging artistic talent read more

Exploring magical myths and legends through the medium of dance can bring a whole new perspective to creative learning, says Lisa Symonds

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With a more creative and flexible secondary curriculum on the horizon, Rebecca Patterson and Debra Kidd explore what it could mean for CPD read more

Staff at Park View Community School, Chester-Le-Street, describe how introducing a competence-based curriculum has enabled students and teachers to begin a learning journey

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How can we encourage and develop young writers? Carol Archer describes an ambitious project designed to extend creativity and enable children to evaluate their own narrative and poetry read more

Gallions Primary School teaches the entire curriculum through the arts, with fantastic results. Co-heads Paul Jackson and Emma McCarthy explain how it’s done read more

If the spirit of creativity were allowed to flower, could we cope? David Leat looks at the way that everyday constraints leave schools ill-equipped to teach creativity and the way that it can flourish when those constraints are removed

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Guy Claxton invites debate on his eight character strengths and virtues for the learning age

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Angela Youngman has found some exciting new approaches to the teaching of maths read more

Becky Swain from Creative Partnerships explains the initiative’s aims and how it works with schools to help develop contexts for effective creative learning read more

David Leat considers some of the practical problems that will arise in managing innovation

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Trevor Millum outlines a truly novel way to get pupils to enjoy manipulating and using words read more

Patricia Lee explains how supporting children’s musical creativity can contribute to their sense of self-worth and emotional wellbeing

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Many of your teachers will not be science specialists. Angela Youngman has been looking at innovative approaches to the teaching of science that help encourage children’s inquisitiveness read more

Restructuring the curriculum can enhance personalised learning, risk taking, creativity and Key Stage 3 and 4 results, as Mo Laycock, Headteacher, Firth Park Community Arts College, reports

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Storytelling can offer a range of opportunities for learning across all ages and ability levels. Fred Redwood explains how

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Students in St Margaret’s High School in Liverpool have designed and successfully marketed a computer game. David Dennison and Les Hankin report on a striking demonstration on economic wellbeing as a diver of school activity read more

Incorporating more creativity in your curriculum will take staff out of their comfort zones, but will pay dividends in raised motivation and achievement for students, writes Becky Swain read more

Mark McKergow suggests ways of using music to stimulate creativity in your pupils read more

Practitioners need to consider the way that space and resources can be used to encourage children’s investigations. Pat Brunton and Linda Thornton explain

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Brin Best argues that we must actively teach creativity if our more able learners are to play their full role as decision-makers in the world of tomorrow. read more

Linda Thornton and Pat Brunton explore ways to use the children’s curiosity about their world to become self-motivated, independent learners

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A school with creativity at the heart of the learning process will benefit by increasing the motivation of staff and pupils, says former head, Dave Weston. In this article and case study, he shows the way to more imaginative approaches to curriculum planning

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Packing for the journey. read more

G&T coordinator Peter Leyland explains how one Luton primary school has found that this thinking technique benefits everybody – students, more-able students and even staff. read more

A fun activity to encourage extension and development of vocabulary. read more

Former head Roger Smith looks at ways of promoting creativity in schools, arguing that the concept needs to have its place at the centre of the curriculum. read more

Geography is the poor Cinderella of the primary curriculum. Where did it all go wrong and what can be done about making primary geography teaching higher on the agenda? Paula Richardson makes some suggestions read more

Our multi-cultural arts day was aimed at Year 7 students and was one of a programme of stop days around global citizenship in our school. read more

I have had the pleasure and honour of visiting a few schools where creativity in all forms flourishes. These schools are run by Heads who have a very strong vision of what educating children is all about, who are rebels and who do what they profoundly believe is right for children, despite the system.

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