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Real-world, non institutional workshop settings and experiences

Case Study: Sir William Burrough Primary School (2015)

DESIGN – Pedagogic processes:

Children at Sir William Burrough are engaged in the rich experiential learning of the International Primary Curriculum. This generates an abundance of inspiring topics, taking the children all over London to enrich their learning, and bringing experts into the school to share their passions – eg learning about the Rainforest sees children walking over the canopy of trees in Kew Gardens, and even handling a large, live, hairy tarantula! This is captured and shared on an iMovie or an animation on the iPad.

*see full Case Study in the 'Research and Resources' section

Case Study: The Reggio Emilia Approach

DESIGN – art and creativity as the basis of education

The foundational text for the Reggio approach is 'The Hundred Languages of Children' which explains the many ways in which children can express their thoughts and their 'voice'. Drawing, painting, modelling, verbal description, the use of numbers, physical movement, drama , dance, music, puppets – these are some of the languages which children use to make sense of their worlds and to acquire knowledge. Every Reggio school has a workshop or atelier where these languages can be experimented with and practised and every school has a permanent artist/teacher known as an atelierista. The focus on art not only develops the children's imagination and social skills it also gives them the confidence to try out new things, take risks and learn what is possible.

*see full Case Study in the 'Research and Resources' section

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