Teaching a creative curriculum

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At Ardingly Pre-Prep, our Creative Curriculum is all about inspiring eager and self-motivated learners.

Every term, we talk to the children to find out what their interests are and what they want to learn. Skilled and enthusiastic staff then take their ideas and build a curriculum around the children’s interests. This covers all the essential skills they need: reading, writing, mathematics, scientific investigation, and much more.

So, no two Pre-Prep terms are ever the same. You won’t find your children being taught an ‘off the shelf ’ lesson that is rolled out year after year, ignoring the children’s interests.  

In contrast, our creative curriculum creates children who are excited about learning and love to come to school.

To see how each subject fits into the Creative Curriculum model, see the individual subject.

How the Creative Curriculum works:

Selecting a topic encourages the children to reflect on their learning, articulate their ideas and learn how to negotiate. These skills are key to future success.

Three key stages:

  • The Stunning Starter

At the beginning of each topic, teachers use ingenuity and creativity for an exciting start. This draws the children in, eager to know more.

Recent stunning starters have been very varied. Finding a dinosaur egg in the school grounds. Receiving a letter from a mummy gorilla who has mislaid her baby and needs our help.  Or staying after school to gaze at the stars from the school observatory.

  • The Marvellous Middle

To keep enthusiasm for a topic going throughout the term, we do something interesting mid-term. Like a day of dressing up as winter animals to undertake a Winter Olympics, or visiting the Natural History Museum to investigate fossils.

  • The Fabulous Finish

We like to end every topic on a high, celebrating the children’s work and usually inviting parents in to share in their success. For example,  a Museum of Piracy had children as the experts explaining the displays and a Food Fair featured Reception children doing a cooking demo, with tasty treats for parents.

Our Creative Curriculum really is the most stimulating and exciting way to teach and learn. It encourages children to become self-motivated learners.  It’s our opportunity to create those very special memories about learning to last the whole of their lives.