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Thematic Cross-Curricular Learning for the NI Curriculum

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A Creative Curriculum for Northern Ireland – Our Journey So Far

Alison Steen (Principal) and Sandra Brown (Senior Teacher) of Drumrane Primary School, Dungiven, have been implementing and embracing Dimensions Creative Curriculum over the past year. Here they describe the positive impact it has had on the whole school. Alison connected with Dimensions Curriculum founder, Elaine Sutton, whose creative approach has swept across Primary Schools in England and as far away as Switzerland, Germany and Hong Kong.

NI Primary Northern Ireland creative curriciulum primary “The teachers are absolutely reinvigorated!”
(Alison Steen, Principal)

“Teachers were delighted to invest in this ready-made resource that would effectively deliver all aspects of the NI curriculum through thematic learning, without adding a preparation and planning workload. We trialled it in school, each class having chosen a Thematic Unit to deliver. The teaching staff found it to be comprehensive in terms of available resources, with a refreshing approach for interactive, arts and language-based learning. It was subsequently rolled out to a cluster group of schools, to further evaluate the potential of this creative and cohesive approach to meet the needs of the NI Curriculum. In Drumrane, we found these benefits to using Dimensions Thematic Units:

Positive Impact on the Entire School Community
NI Primary Primary curriculum NI Northern Ireland The benefits have been felt throughout the school. The children love the exciting themes and talk about what they are learning and are keen to find out which theme is next! Teachers are reinvigorated; having a structure with all resources provided takes away a lot of the planning and preparation. Governors are delighted; feedback from a literacy lesson observation by a Parent Governor was fantastic and they are keen to see more.
Finally, as senior school leaders, it gives us peace of mind that the NI Curriculum is covered, with the additional benefits of whole-school cohesion. Best of all, our children are buzzing every day – engaged, excited and progressing!”

“The children have loved it and been thoroughly engaged.”
(Sandra Brown, Senior Teacher)

If you would like to get in touch with us to discuss this innovative creative curriculum approach, please contact Alison Steen, Principal of Drumrane Primary School.

asteen478@drumraneps.dungiven.ni.sch.uk

Please note, all our prices exclude VAT and P&P.

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