Welcome to Kaleidoscope – celebrating creative learning, creative teaching and creative change

Creativity – what does it mean to you?

‘Creativity is a process which generates ideas that have value to the individual. It involves looking at familiar things with a fresh eye, examining problems with an open mind, making connections, learning from mistakes and using imagination to explore new possibilities.’

The Big Question: Do we have a shared understanding of creativity between learners, teachers, senior leaders, parents and employers?

Future-proofing their education

The Future of Education and Skills : Education 2030 project is aimed at helping countries find answers to two far-reaching questions:

  • What knowledge, skills, attitudes and values will today’s students need to thrive and shape their world?
  • How can instructional systems develop these knowledge, skills, attitudes and values effectively?

This position paper describes the first results from this work.

We ♥ mistakes!

“A life spent making mistakes is not only most honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing” – George Bernard Shaw

Inspiring Moments

South Lanarkshire’s Creative Learning Network embarked on the local authority’s first teacher swop. Taking an open-minded approach, a nursery teacher and a primary teacher worked together to challenge their own teaching styles.

Do you have an interesting piece of practice to share? Please get in touch!

Did you know…..?

The kaleidoscope was invented in1817 by Scottish inventor David Brewster.

Can creativity be assessed?

The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) is working on the completion of a rubric to assess skills including creativity and critical thinking which may contribute to the development of a module on creativity for PISA 2021.

Spotlight on SLF

Creativity and innovation were strong themes at the recent Scottish Learning Festival, featuring in keynotes including those from the Deputy First Minister, Jo Boaler and Jamie Gallagher. The positive impact of creativity in curriculum design was evident in the seminar presented by St. Albert’s Primary and Castlebrae High School, the winners of this year’s Scottish Education Awards.

In her book Mathematical Mindsets, Jo Boaler reminds us that by going into challenging situations where we mess up and fail, we help our brains to grow.

NEW RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE!

Eight short animations exploring creativity in learning, teaching, assessment, STEM and employability will be available on the National Improvement Hub and the Creativity Portal. You can preview them here on Youtube:

bit.ly/creativityanimations

creativity is the skill of the future

Theatre In Schools Programme – January to May 2019

Theatre in Schools Scotland is a project managed by National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate to develop the provision of in-school theatre and dance performances available across Scotland.

Our programme for January –  May 2019 contains three shows, available for in-school touring, from two of our partner organisations covering N-P2 and P4-7.

All are suitable for clear, flat school hall and can be presented twice in one day.

As usual, fees are subsidised to keep costs within reach and one-show days are available for smaller schools.

Click here to see the programme: Theatre in Schools Scotland programme Jan-May 2019

 

Pondlife by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
Suitable for P5-7
23rd January – 29th March 2019 / School hall / 55 mins
Moving school is never easy. When class bully Sharon takes an instant dislike to Martin it feels like he has an especially tough ride ahead of him. That is until he befriends Simon McGurk and his fortunes seem to change. The fickle world of playground politics soon puts pressure on their friendship, however, and Martin finds himself making a choice that will impact them both for the rest of their school days.
£365 / £500 + VAT for one or two show days.
Maximum capacity 120 per performance.
Performed in a clear school hall (min size 8m x 12m)


Emma & Gill by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and Lung Ha Theatre Company
Suitable for P4-7
18th February – 8th March 2019  / School Hall (LOTHIANS ONLY) / 50 mins

This new show explores the lives of two young girls and their different experiences of school and family life. It questions what is ‘normal’ and why being different is to be celebrated.

The show features Emma McCaffrey, a member of the Lung Ha ensemble, who was diagnosed with autism when she was 11, and Gill Robertson, artistic director of Catherine Wheels.

£365 / £500 + VAT for one or two show days.
Maximum capacity 120 per performance.
Performed in a clear school hall (min size 8m x 12m)


A Ladder to the Stars by Visible Fictions
Suitable for N-P2
April 2019 / School Hall / 40 mins
Way up in the deep blue night sky, a twinkling star hears a little girl’s birthday wish . . . she wishes she could dance with the stars. Wanting to make this wish come true, the star tells the moon, the moon tells the sun, the sun tells the wind and the rain, and together they dream up a wonderful plan. Told through a magical mix of music, light and imagination, this is a heartfelt and humorous story of what can happen when the universe hears your dreams.
£300 / £400 + VAT for one or two show days.
Maximum capacity 100 per performance.
Performed in a clear school hall (min size 5m x 12m)

www.theatreinschoolsscotland.co.uk  / E: tiss@imaginate.org.uk / T: 0131 225 8050

Free event – Sharing the Power – exploring collaborative decision-making and sharing power with communities

Sharing the Power – exploring collaborative decision-making and sharing power with communities

20 November 2018
Perth Concert Hall (Norrie Miller room)
10.30 am – 4.00 pm

FREE, but ticketed.
Register to book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sharing-the-power-exploring-collaborative-decision-making-with-communities-tickets-51396740033

This event will explore collaborative decision-making and sharing power with communities.  The session will include a presentation by Chrissie Tiller, introducing the ‘Power Up’* resource, insights from case study speaker (TBC), and the opportunity to work collaboratively exploring and unpicking questions included in Power Up relating to: power, privilege, values, collaboration, politics and ethics.

*Power Up is a think-piece written by Chrissie Tiller for Creative People and Places that looks at unearthing and unpicking some of the complexities and challenges of sharing power.

Further info:
www.chrissietiller.com
http://www.creativepeopleplaces.org.uk/our-learning/power

What will you get from attending?

  • An introduction to ‘Power Up’ and time and space to explore its questions with others;
  • Ideas and inspiration from case studies
  • The opportunity to step out of day to day work to look at your practice differently
  • Inspiration to try new/ different approaches to your work
  • Time to discuss ideas and share experiences with others

 

Who should come?

The event is open to artists, arts practitioners and non-arts practitioners with an interest in and/or responsibility for creative learning and participatory arts.
30% of tickets will be reserved for non-arts practitioners.  We strongly encourage arts practitioners to bring a non-arts buddy/ collaborator with them to help share the learning and future working.

 

More about this event

This event is part of a series of events planned by Creative Scotland’s Creative Learning team taking place from November 2018 to March 2019.  The events aim to inspire practice and support networking and skills development.  For more information and to keep informed of events visit the Creative Learning events page: https://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/major-projects/creative-learning-and-young-people/artworks-scotland

Alice McGrath
Creative Director, Red Bridge Arts
M: 07780 607665
www.redbridgearts.co.uk

Pages of the Sea – FREE – national project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One

Pages of the Sea is a Nationwide Project that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. Directed by Danny Boyle, you are invited to participate in a one off UK wide historical event.

Pages of the Sea

 

 

REACH OUT – to all young people – Creative Conversation in Edinburgh

REACH OUT – to all young people

With the new session brings the good news of continued funding from Education Scotland for Creative Conversations. This year we are also working with Fife and Borders Councils in addition to Midlothian and East Lothian.

Your invitation to the first Creative Conversation of 2018/19 is attached. Many of you will remember Jaz Ampaw Farr and Amjad Ali from last October. We are delighted to welcome Amjad back to Edinburgh, this time with Allana Gay. Together they will engage us in a conversation, titled Reach Out, where the focus will be on diversity and inclusion, particularly of BAME children, young people and their families. Please share this invitation with your colleagues and partners as we are updating our mailing lists and may have missed inadvertently missed some people.

As ever David Cameron will facilitate the conversation:

          On Wednesday 24th October

          At the Edinburgh Conference and Training Centre, St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh (close to Waverley Station)

          From 4 – 4.30 with registration, coffee and meeting colleagues

          5.30 – around 6.30/6.45 in creative conversation with Amjad and Allana

          And continuing the conversation till around 7.30 with refreshments

 

Looking forward to seeing you there

Linda

Reach Out

We all wrestle with the challenge of making sure that we reach every pupil and that though our work we ensure every child and young person can achieve and succeed and be fulfilled. We also know that there can be all sorts of barriers to engagement – the young person’s background and experiences, their attitudes, interests, and increasingly, culture and ethnicity. For all those reasons we are delighted to have our first Creative Conversation of the session with Amjad Ali and Allana Gay.

Amjad was involved in a powerful and moving Creative Conversation on ACEs last session with Jaz Ampaw Farr – and he held his own!!! Not many people could manage that….. So we are delighted that Amjad is returning, bringing a wealth of experience as a teacher, school leader, fantastic speaker and as an outstanding supporter of staff development through his website https://www.trythisteaching.com  

With Amjad for this Conversation is Allana Gay, the Interim Headteacher in a North London primary school. Her 15 years in education have focused on turning around schools in challenging circumstances, especially those in deprived areas. She has extensive experience in both primary and secondary schools and shares this with colleagues throughout education. 

Both Allana and Amjad are closely involved with the BAMEed: Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Educators and support diversity and equity across education. Their experience and insights will be of interest to anyone working with children and young people in or out of school.

Linda Lees | Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager (Creativity, Health and Wellbeing) | Schools and Lifelong Learning | Communities and Families | The City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court, Business Centre 1/2, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG | Tel 0131 469 3956 | Mobile 07917 825007 | mailto:linda.lees@edinburgh.gov.ukwww.edinburgh.gov.uk

 

‘Supported by the Creative Learning Network Fund, a partnership between Creative Scotland and Education Scotland under Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan’.

MY FRIEND SELMA – A play for schools about migration, friendship and hope P5-P7

 

Touring to schools as part of Theatre in Schools Scotland

TOUR EXTENDED: Performances in schools for P5 – P7 available to book now for Oct & Nov 2018. Scottish schools.

 

Curriculum areas: Health and Well Being, Religious and Moral Education, Social Studies

 

My Friend Selma presented by Terra Incognita Theatre Company is the remarkable real-life story of one girl’s journey from war in Bosnia to safety in the UK.  It is the tale of an incredible journey, a world turned upside down, loss, friendship, courage and conkers. The play deals with complex issues of war, refuge and integration in a way that is accessible to young audiences.

 

The story is told by one performer, who plays her own character aged eight. The story is her story. All of the characters are real people and what happened to them is also true.

 

My Friend Selma tells the real-life story of Selma Redzepagic, who fled war in Bosnia with her family when she was eight years old. The family went on a remarkable journey to get to safety in the UK, where they lived in a disused boarding school with fifty other refugees and one British family. The story follows each challenge of their journey, as well as the experience of settling into a new country and new way of life. It also shows the day-to-day joy of friendship and playfulness, through Selma’s experience of being welcomed to the UK, and her eventually finding a new best friend.

“I would give this show 280,000 out of 5.” Erin, aged 9

Resources are available to support this production and pupils will have the opportunity to talk to the performer at the end. There is a small exhibition accompanying the performance including photographs, newspaper articles, verbatim accounts from some of the refugees who lived in the disused boarding school, and artefacts from when these refugees first arrived in the UK.

 

Full details including costs, trailer and teachers resources at www.theatreinschoolsscotland.co.uk
or contact tiss@imaginate.org.uk

RSNO 360 Live: Inventions and Innovators – concerts, workshops and resources

Innovative composers and ingenious inventions:
join us as we uncover the hidden secrets of Scotland’s
National Orchestra. From Beethoven’s influential
5th Symphony to Bach’s iconic Toccata and Fugue, let
your class experience a live symphony orchestra with
music they’ll recognise and love.
With interactive elements throughout, the RSNO
primary schools concerts aim to enrich children’s
understanding of music and are the perfect
introduction to the orchestra for young pupils.

With every booking each school will also receive:
FREE In-school workshop delivered by an
RSNO musician
FREE Teacher training session
FREE Teacher’s resource pack

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2018
rsno.org.uk/360-live

RSNO 360 Live 2018-19 (RELAXED PERF)

RSNO 360 Live 2018-19

Messy Maths: An outdoor, playful approach

Children in Scotland CLPL

Messy Maths: An outdoor, playful approach
Friday, 14 September 2018 – Edinburgh  

When children have opportunities to play with loose parts, their creativity, imagination and ability to problem-solve becomes evident. It provides the ideal context for exploring and developing mathematical concepts.

In this practical course (half of which will take place outdoors), you will explore the rationale behind using outdoor play as a key approach to building the foundations of maths, along with a host of practical ways of making this happen

How much does it cost?

Costs start at £79 for Children in Scotland members and £99 for non-members.


How can I find out more and book my place?

By phoning us on 0131 313 8828
By emailing events@childreninscotland.org.uk

RSNO Young Ambassadors – 16-21 year olds

Are you aged 16-21 and have a passion for all things classical music? We’d love you to join us as one of our RSNO Young Ambassadors for our 18:19 season.

Young Ambassadors are invited to attend forums throughout the season working alongside the RSNO team to debate the direction of youth engagement within classical music.  Ambassadors also gain work experience opportunities, receive free tickets for RSNO concerts and get the chance meet RSNO musicians and conductors.

For further details and for the 18:19 application form visit the RSNO website

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 14 September 2018

If you have any further questions please contact the RSNO Learning and Engagement team on 0141 225 3584 or email engage@rsno.org.uk

 

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