The City Classroom
The City Classroom project was an action research initiative designed to explore the potential of locally sourced curriculum content for every Leicester child.
The project focused on place based cultural education and sought to build sustainable partnerships between arts, culture and local communities by integrating curriculum activities both in and outside of school.
As a result of five case study examples, The City Classroom has become a model that has the capacity to lead on the development of an area based curriculum, not only to support knowledge based learning but to build pupils' competencies by involving them in decision making thus shaping their own cultural learning, and improving ambition and motivation of staff and students alike.
The City Classroom is a mechanism by which schools can access culture provision in the City.
The City Classroom Partnership, the consortium behind the initiative, are now connecting with cultural ambassadors within schools to further enhance the model, help to shape the offer and endorse this new approach to cultural education.
With an initial focus on Primary and SEN city schools a strategic approach will be taken in order to enable the arts and Leicester's varied cultural assets to add value to the learning experience.
The City Classroom will, in future, focus on Being, Becoming, Belonging and creatively connect children and young people through cultural exploration by coordinating an annual education programme delivered in partnership with cultural organisations, education establishments and communities.
Organisations currently involved in The City Classroom Partnership are: The Spark Arts for Children, Soft Touch, Charnwood Arts, Leicester Print Workshop, Attenborough Arts Centre and The Mighty Creatives.
The Spark and Mellor Community Primary - Our Case Study
Five case study projects were commissioned to address an overarching enquiry question to stimulate innovation in primary, secondary and special education: Can we use Leicester and what happens within it to enhance our children and young people's learning?
The Spark worked with Mellor Community Primary School, project producer Nettie Scriven and artist Usha Mahenthiralingam to deliver our case study at the start of 2015. Year 3 children worked with visual artist, Usha Mahenthiralingam, and their teachers to develop their conceptual understanding of 'mapping' and build their mapping skills by using Belgrave Road as a local area for exploration. This was a cross curriculum project, with a focus on geography and local learning with the intention to use visual art and movement as creative mediums for exploration.
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