Enhanced Curriculum including Creative Partnerships
The broad and balanced curriculum is supplemented by a variety of “ visitors” offering different experiences to our children.
Artists in Residence
Children are given opportunities to work creatively on unique projects alongside artists using a variety of media. eg working with wire, clay, wood, plastic and paint and learning to use the correct tools safely.
Our children are shown the various properties of the materials and encouraged to experiment and use these materials to develop their own imagination and creative abilities.
Musician in Residence
Children have the opportunity to develop a sense of rhythm and steady beat and an enjoyment of listening to and playing a variety of instruments through weekly visits from a musician.
Weekly visits from a qualified football coach develops our children’s Physical skills and promotes confidence and well being ,encourages a healthy lifestyle and the importance of teamwork.
During the Autumn term we invite Bangra Tots into Nursery to run workshops celebrating Diwali. The children learn about the story of Rama and Sita using a variety of puppets and music. The children are encouraged to dance to a selection of Indian music and dress up in special clothes.
Community Police Visits
The children learn about road safety through role play and films and have a greater understanding of the many roles the police undertake. They are able to take their own fingerprints and dress up in the uniforms.
We have started to develop links with the MAC Theatre to offer a variety of experiences for the children. During the Autumn Term we visit the MAC theatre to see a production. Over the last couple of years we have seen ‘The Snow Dragon’ and ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. We have also invited artists into Nursery to complete art projects with the children.
We have developed a partnership with Bournbrook fire station and they come out to visit the children each year. They bring their fire engines, fire-fighter clothes and equipment; they talk to the children about what they do and the different ways which they can help us.
Parents are welcome to share their own experiences and interests with the children. For example, doctors, nurses ,postmen, police, cooks, musicians, dancers have all given the children a greater insight to the wider world.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO)
We are very lucky to be able to attend concerts by the orchestra; it’s such a fantastic experience to be able to listen and see a wide range of different instruments being played. The CBSO introduce the children to Percussion, Wind, Brass and String instruments as well as introducing musical vocabulary such as notes, loud, quiet etc.
At the start of every term Toni comes to nursery to do some drama, dance, movement and crafts with the children. She introduces our topics in creative and fun ways that really capture the children’s imagination. Her sessions develop confidence, listening skills, imagination, using different media and materials to enhance the children’s role play.