23 January 2013 at 3.32pm | 1 Comment
As a passionate debate continues as to whether arts should be included in the English Baccalaureate, at the ROH we’re exploring ways of bringing arts into the classroom.
We recently ran an intensive two-day cross-arts course for PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) students, training them in how to integrate arts into primary school teaching. The aim of the series of courses is to share the organization's cross-arts experience of music, drama, and scenic art.
A team of designer, composer and drama director (all with experience of teaching children) showed the students how a drama lesson starter can be used to introduce a history topic, or how to use music to wind down a lesson.
The course is run in conjunction with three universities: Canterbury Christ Church, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter and the University of Greenwich and is generously supported by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.
After completing the course, the students will return to Covent Garden for a symposium in July 2013, to share their experiences of putting what they've learnt into practice.
Author and international governmental advisor Ken Robinson made a famously profound case for integrating the arts in education in his TED Talk:
What’s your view of the arts in primary school? Are you a teacher who uses some of these methods in your lessons or a parent with views on arts in schools? Let us know your thoughts.