A touch of class - Being creative with the curriculum

23rd May 2008 at 01:00
Shirley Warren Primary in Southampton is nothing if not creative
Shirley Warren Primary in Southampton is nothing if not creative. Even during Sats, a tent stood proudly in the Year 6 classroom, used for a Mad about Mountains theme that had the 33 pupils doing maths and word problems in it.

Another of the curriculum-related highlights organized by Karen Garner, their teacher, involves making bruschetta and taking it to an Italian restaurant.

It's the continuation of a pre-Sats restaurant theme that has seen the children writing leaflets and being interviewed for "jobs" in the classroom "restaurant", set up by Karen.

The restaurant trip is being funded from work they did for a writing course textbook and they will not be able to stick to favourites such as pizza. "We showed them the menu, and they didn't want to eat prawns. But they are happy to try squid and calamari, so we will label the dishes and they try them.

"And then we'll get them to write restaurant reviews. We will submit the best ones to an online review site," says Karen.

But that is just part of what is planned. Pupils will also be working on a project about the Solent and shipbuilding that will include day trips, have lessons in different classrooms, and they have asked for a "proper" science lesson on physics, biology or chemistry.

"I'm planning something spectacular," says Karen.

"But we'll still be looking out for their gaps and plugging them. We want them to be the best they can be when they go to secondary school."

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