Creative Learning

We use a range of creative approaches in order to inspire, improve pupils’ confidence and perseverance, develop their problem solving skills and ability to reason and to help them become more engaged in the learning process. These approaches help to develop pupils’ understanding through questioning, reasoning and discussion and enables them to connect ideas together. They are also used to illustrate concepts through concrete, pictorial and abstract representations in order to develop in-depth understanding, to vary the way information is presented in order to avoid mechanical repetition and to enhance pupils’ fluency in quickly and efficiently recalling their learning. This is a small sample of our pupils’ work from this academic year.

 

 

Pupils have participated in a rich and varied curriculum enrichment programme of visits and workshops provided through projects such as Storytelling Week, National Poetry Day and World Book Day, led by the English & Arts faculty leads, Corinna and Georgie and a range of on-going community partners such as author, Lucinda Jarrett, Adele the storyteller from Read for Good, Oxford University Museums and the Museum of Oxford. The work above was inspired by the literary texts: Stick Man, Romeo and Juliet and The Hunger Games which were studied during Storytelling Week and these photographs illustrate how pupils were encouraged to deepen their understanding of the texts through transformation and visual representation.

In science, teaching staff have helped pupils explore their understanding of concepts through the use of practical apparatus, popular toys and fun approaches such as ‘Slinky Science’ and ‘Superhero Science’. Many pupils are working towards their GCSE exams and some have achieved bespoke AQA Unit Awards in the ‘Science of Slytherin’ and ‘Superhero Science’. The curriculum has been enriched through a range of visits and workshops facilitated by the Maths & Sciences faculty lead, Hugh, and science teachers Liz and Lorna. New links and partnerships have enabled pupils to access workshops on the ‘Science of the Sea’ provided by Abingdon school and a programme of 1:1 visits, live links with a Zookeeper and extended learning opportunities outside of lessons with Cotswold Wildlife Park. 

In maths, teaching staff have been working with an advisory teacher from the Maths Mastery programme to adapt and embed the use of apparatus to represent abstract concepts in order to help pupils gain a deeper understanding. These photographs illustrate how visual representations of equations, games and cross curricular activities have been used to help pupils explore, and embed, key concepts. Maths & Sciences faculty lead, Hugh, has also shared fun and engaging approaches to maths through his ‘Mathematical Magic’ workshops.

We recognise and promote the important links between physical and mental wellbeing and pupils have taken part in a range of fun and engaging physical activities in a range of indoor and outdoor environments – even including at bedside! HLTA, Helen McCuaig-Finlay, has led and inspired staff and pupils to choreograph inclusive dance routines, develop skills in sports such as archery and boxing and learn new, inclusive sports such as boccia. Pupils have also taken part in outdoor team building and problem-solving activities as part of the 7 week LORIC at Hill End outdoor learning programme where  have learnt fire lighting, outdoor cooking and wood craft skills. Pupils at the Highfield unit have been growing and nurturing plants and maintaining the greenhouse and the garden, following the 5 Ways to Wellbeing through walks with a purpose and practicing yoga. We now have a qualified gymnastics coach and are really pleased that we have our first pupil to achieve a BAGA gymnastics award following coaching from Teresa.
 
Pupils have taken part in fun and engaging learning across the curriculum, including activities such as T-shirt design to celebrate the European Day of Languages, food technology workshops linked to celebrating cultures and traditions from around the world, handling historical artefacts from Oxford University Museums and setting out on expeditions to volcanoes, waterfalls – and even space, through the use of VR headsets!
 
 

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Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on
01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on
01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on
01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on 01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School Raymund Road Old Marston Oxford OX3 OPJ