The Brixton Learning Collaborative (BLC) is a group of 14 schools and Children’s Centres in Brixton, south London, working together to support pupils, staff, families and the local community through partnership working.
In the Brixton Learning Collaborative, we help each other to be outstanding
We do this through:
- Maintaining our creative approach
- Promoting pupil voice
- Demonstrating transformational impact
- All schools becoming beacons of excellence
- Demonstrating a sense of collective responsibility
- Supporting schools to ensure Teaching and Learning remains consistently outstanding over time
- Engaging families with support from schools within the Collaborative
- Sharing our resources in a reciprocal way
Here’s our round up of just some of the things families can do together over half term.
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Last week the teachers and children at St Saviour’s had their first visit from Liz Atkin, visual artist, as part of our Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded project Confident Creators. During the visit Liz and the teachers had time to plan the lesson together, then the teacher led the activity with Liz giving support and finally, but crucially the teachers and Liz reflected on how the lesson had gone. These art lessons are all about giving children time and space to experiment with art, to learn new techniques, to work together and to take risks with their drawings. In the morning year 2 experimented with paper cutting – building pictures using just coloured paper and scissors (no pencils!). The children gradually built up a range of materials to use in their final pieces and the pictures they produced were all different, but with children able to talk about their work and sometimes build narratives from them. In the afternoon year 3 explored cave paintings through producing their own collaborative pieces. They experimented with mark making using charcoal and chalk, with texture through crumpling their paper canvases and experimenting with drawing outside on the tarmac playground, and with paint outlining animals and shapes having looked at some cave painting examples. In their groups the children started to build a narrative about their paintings. Teachers commented on how helpful it was to concentrate on process rather than worrying about a finished product that needed to adhere to a uniform piece. We are really looking forward to exploring more media, working together and developing their creativity.
On Thursday teachers from year 1 and year 2 across the cluster gathered at Christ Church Primary SW9 to share planning, look at books across a range of subjects for the first few weeks of term and also review together some of the year 1 and year 2 moderation done in writing for those classes earlier this year. There was plenty of discussion and sharing of teaching and we hope this will form a really good basis for professional development when we come to meet and moderate together as a cluster in the Spring term.
Year 5 children are working with choir director Allyson Devenish to prepare for 2 events later this month, celebrating Windrush.
On Friday drama practitioner Simon Bachelor from Pegasus Opera visited 2 teachers in St John’s Angell Town Primary to work with them on delivering drama in the classroom. The teachers had already tried out a few drama activities with their children, following the training they did last week, and were able to lead game and activities with their classes to deliver their topics – the life of Mary Seacole and Floella Benjamin’s book Coming to England. Year 4 children acted out the first chapter of Coming to England using a story square and year 3 children created TV interviews in the role of reporter and Mary Seacole. The sessions also included a number of drama warm up activities supporting children to collaborate with each other, take risks and increase their focus. The 2 St John’s teachers will now practice more drama with their classes between now and Simon’s next visit in early November. Thank you to everyone who took part and to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their funding to support this project.
Last week RE leads from across our cluster met to share ways they assess the subject in their primary schools. Some good practice in church schools has developed where Leads have devised statements for teachers to assess against. It was generally felt that RE was a subject where children’s knowledge and skills at demonstrating their understanding through class discussion and debate were valuable. We shall arrange another meeting after Christmas to look at children’s work together.