'Growing Ideas' at Stonelow Junior School
A Creative Partnerships project managed by The Mighty Creatives
The Growing Ideas Project was a collaboration between Caroline Small, Terry Chipp (visual artist), Lorraine Butler (film-maker, multi-media artist), children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and their teachers.
In 2011 I will be working as lead artist on this exciting and ambitious project in Dronfield, Derbyshire.
The Y4 children led the project as part of their work for the silver DYL4C award (Derbyshire Young Leaders for Creativity)
Our enquiry question was: How can we use our school grounds – and other places and spaces outside the classroom - to...
• make learning more interesting and exciting, • inspire children and staff to be curious, • improve progress in literacy…. ?
In Y5 and Y6 our topic was Chocolate... not just about food but a chance to learn about exploration, discovery and Aztec culture among other things.
In Y3 and Y4 the topic was Take One Picture using Uccello's painting St George and the Dragon as the starting point. We explored dragon stories from many cultures, learnt about extreme weather (that's a big storm brewing behind George!), created animations and 3D art work. We even managed to learn about scientific investigation methods and devised a multi-media performance as a way of sharing our learning...
... and throughout the project we experimented with new ways of extending our learning in all curriculum areas into our outside space.
Other education work
I have over 25 years of experience in formal and non-formal education settings.
I lead projects and workshops in drama, theatre-making, play writing, creative writing and storytelling for people of all ages and abilities.
I have also worked as a Creative Agent for Cape UK/Creative Partnerships South Yorkshire since 2006.
For further information about my education work go to CV