Pound Arts has worked together with 5x5x5=creativity, Corsham Primary School and Corsham Secondary School, to create a two week pilot of lessons experiencing the theory and practise of a ‘Schools Without Walls’ residency.
The Corsham pilot of ‘Schools Without Walls’ builds on the successful programme developed by 5x5x5=creativity in conjunction with The Egg Theatre and schools in Bath and North East Somerset.
During the residency, students followed a creative curriculum facilitated by a team of artists. 5x5x5=creativity, Pound Arts and teachers also played a key role in each session. The focus was on enquiry-based learning and development, initiated by the students, in years 4 and 9. 5x5x5=creativity mentors played a vital role in observing the young people and facilitating reflection meetings afterwards.
Pound Arts, a multi-arts centre in the heart of Corsham, represented the cultural setting and an artistic and inspirational venue for the project. Creative learning is a key vision for the arts hub through an innovative programme of development and learning opportunities for young people.
5x5x5=creativity, a children’s arts-based research organisation, represents the philosophy behind this new approach following a creative curriculum and supports children in their exploration and expression of ideas, helping them develop creative skills for life.
Pound Arts Creative Learning Artist, India Pocock said, “What an incredible project for us to be a part of! Pound Arts had the pleasure of being involved and holding the two week taster at our centre in Corsham. The common interest amongst us was to ensure that this is a positive experience for all the participating students from The Corsham School and Corsham Primary. Also, we hope that the artists, teachers and assistants, were able to excel and thrive in this unusual learning environment.”
Student Harry reflected on his experience as a director: “It was hard because you had to control the set and everyone”. He continued to mention how he could empathise with a director. He also said it was good because no one fought over the positions.
The overall feeling was that the two week pilot was “inspiring”, agreed by artists, teachers and students alike. Being in residence at The Pound provided young people with a wealth of stimuli for creative learning. If successful and funding is sourced, a term-long residency for Corsham schools will be developed and announced in the new school year.
Photo credit: India Pocock Photography