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The purpose of non core subjects

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maggie webster

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Transcript of The purpose of non core subjects

Is a creative curriculum necessary in a child's education?
SO, what is the
of our current education system and
IS it fit
for purpose?
What approaches do we in the FS team do with you so that you can develop Creativity within children or as Ken Robinson says - encourage

'Divergent Thinking'

experiential learning
key skills
do these strategies help to develop?

Being Creative
Learning Creatively
Face-to-face or Virtually
rather than

on your
What's the purpose of the non-core subjects?
Aims of this lecture:
To help you consider the value of the non core subjects (Foundation Subjects)
To enable you to begin reflecting on the purpose of the FS
To get some understanding of what the Broad Curriculum is about
What does our current
education system expect
a child to be like when learning?
Draw what
think a typical child in our schools looks like...

The Big debate!
(1979) - James Callaghan
The National Curriculum
(1988) -Margaret Thatcher
The National Strategies
(1997) - Tony Blair
The Creative Curriculum
(2008) - Gordon Brown (the Rose Review)
The Schools White Paper - The Importance of Teaching
(2011) and National Curriculm (2014) - David Cameron
4 minutes max
What is creativity
aged 5
aged 13
year7, 8 & 9
Webster M (2010:2)
Holistic development

Philosophy for kids!
Approaches to teaching children...
Reggio Emilio
Steiner schools
Forest schools
Teachers should reflect on educational theory and concepts so that they can learn from the past to build into the future and ensure they develop the WHOLE child...
Reflect on concepts by
Robin Alexander -
Talk for learning
Sir Ken Robinson -
The future of education
Guy Claxton -
The purpose of school
Howard Gardner -
Multiple Intelligences
Edward De Bono -
Thinking hats
Abraham Maslow -

Neil Postman -
Disappearance of childhood
Belle Wallace -
Active thinking
Dorothy Heathcote -
Jean Piaget -
Jerome Bruner -
Discovery Learning
Lev Vygotstky -
Social Interaction
Maggie Webster! -
is this important?
change things!

What sort of education will you provide?
You have the potential to inspire because you are..
The teachers of the future
Future leaders within a school
Future subject Coordinators
Future Year leaders and Heads of Areas
Future Head teachers
Future Trainers of student teachers
Future local authority advisors
Future Ofsted Inspectors
and possibly...
Future Government advisors!

Divergent Thinking is problem solving
and looking at the world in a different way. Robinson suggests that as we become more educated we become LESS creative and LESS able to think creatively
References :
Alexander, R.J. (2008) Towards Dialogic Teaching: rethinking classroom talk (4th edition), Dialogos
Brundett Mark (2007) 'Bringing creativity back into primary education', Education 3-13, 35:2, 105 - 107
Blandford S and Knowles C (2009) Developing Professional Practice 0 -7, Harlow, Pearson Education Ltd
Cullingford, Cedric (2007) 'Creativity and pupils' experience of school', Education 3-13, 35:2, 133 - 142
Claxton G (2007) 'Expanding young people's capacity to learn' British Journal of Educational Studies, 55:2, 1 - 20
De Bono E (1999) Six Thinking Hats London Penguin Books Ltd
Did You Know? www.youtube.com (search did you know)
Gardner H (2000) Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century, New York, Basic Books
Grigg R (2010) Becoming an Outstanding Primary Teacher, Harlow, Pearson Education Ltd
Heathcote D (1991) Collected writing on education and drama, Northwestern University Press
Maslow A (2011) Toward a Psychology of Being, Canada, John Wiley and Sons
Postman (1994) The disappearance of Childhood, London, Vintage Books
Robinson K (2011) www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
Sousa D (2011) How the Brain Learns, California, Corwin Press
Thwaites H (2005) 'Can ‘philosophy for children’ improve teaching and learning within attainment target 2 of religious education?' Education 3-13, 33:3, 4-8
Wallace B (2001) Teaching Thinking skills across the Primary School London, David Foulton Publishers
Webster M (2010) Creative Aproaches to teaching Primary RE, Harlow, Pearson Education Ltd
Webster M (2011) Creative Activities and Ideas for teaching pupils with English as an Additional Language, Harlow, Pearson Education Ltd
Wilson V and Kendall-Seatter S (2010) Developing Professional Practice 7 -14, Harlow, Pearson Education Ltd
What DOES it mean for a child's holistic development?
It means we have to think about the purpose of the education for our pupils...
Robinson continues to say that;

"Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value"
but prefers the term
which is the
"essential capacity of creativity...the possibility of seeing lots of answers."
(Sousa 2011)
How do we ensure children do not loose their capacity to think outside the box?
Thwaites (2005)
Grigg (2010); Wilson et al (2010); Blandford et al (2009)
Webster (2011)
Webster & Misra (2014)
Does it expect children to experience and enjoy role play and drama- even out of the classroom?
Children who take part in and enjoy explorative play even at KS3?
Children who explore their identity through imaginative play?
Dialogic talk
Alexander (2009)
5.19 minutes
Your journey starts here but you need to know not only pedagogical strategies but FACTUAL knowledge
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