Learning Journeys in the creative curriculum is an approach that is being developed at Brackenhill Primary School, Bradford and is a genuine whole-school approach. The approach is to construct a Learning Journey over a half-term, based on existing in-school planning in foundation subjects, with some inclusion of core subjects if there is a natural link.
Using case study materials and existing documentation, the Consultant has been working with teachers to develop a classroom display that meets a number of agreed criteria – which has become a checklist of agreed practice , including – for example – a ‘wow factor’ that will ‘hook’ the children into the topic – e.g. Year 2’s box of artefacts/pictures found in the stockroom or Year 5’s link with a local restaurant to create their own ‘Come Dine With Me’ experience.
The classroom display ‘builds up’ over the half-term and shows ‘how much we have learnt'. The children are encouraged to think of their own questions to discover answers to in the early stages of the half-term and these are re-visited during – and towards the end of – the experience.
The final display is then placed in the corridor to show ‘how much we have learnt’ across the school
Take a look in our Resources section for some Learning Journeys working examples and a useful checklist.