Towards a New Curriculum
In 2022, Wales will see the biggest change in the curriculum in over 30 years and at the core of this is a creative approach to how we learn, to support a lifetime of knowledge, skills and experience.
Here at National Theatre Wales, we believe in the value of imagination and echo the aspiration for learning that allows young people to become capable learners, enterprising, creative contributors and informed, confident individuals.
TEAM is NTW’s worldwide, diverse network of people who collaborate with the company, create work in their communities, give feedback about NTW work and inform its decisions. TEAM engages with communities through bespoke programmes of empowerment, creative activism and intensive long-term engagement. Education sits at the heart of TEAM and runs throughout all of our work. NTW TEAM seeks to reach out to and engage with young people throughout Wales, the UK and internationally, through specific projects of engagement with younger participants whilst providing support, training and opportunities for teachers and creative educators.
We want to support educators and learners to make the transition towards the new curriculum, offering opportunities to be inspired by the most exciting creative thinkers in Wales.
This project is to develop materials around our forthcoming production, Go Tell the Bees. Go Tell the Bees is a large-scale site-located show that tells the story of our connection to nature and to each other. Shared over the course of a weekend, against a magical Pembrokeshire backdrop, this will be a festival-style celebration of creative collaboration between NTW TEAM, Counterpoint Arts and the people of Pembrokeshire, which offers lots of exciting thematic learning opportunities across Key Stages 2 & 3.
A Springboard for Learning
At the heart of Go Tell the Bees is the hope that by doing we can learn from each other, we can build confidence and skills and that we can experience through all of the senses. We want this production to have a positive impact on communities. Learning in an active and imaginative way is critical to this.
NTW TEAM want to create a hive of information, knowledge, activity and inspiration so that young people can use this space as a springboard for learning.
We have been working in association with Counterpoints Arts, who are leading the way with changing perceptions of refugees through their Simple Acts initiative. Simple Acts are small everyday actions to inspire change and remove barriers. We share the same belief that art can inspire social change and in consultation with our TEAM Panel we have worked together to create Seven Simple Acts directly connected to the ideas underpinning Go Tell the Bees.
The Seven Simple Acts will be animated and shared online and we want to accompany this work with a bundle of digital learning resources. It is envisaged that the Hive will be a space that we will recreate in the Festival programme for the actual production.
Creative Thinkers Call-Out
We are looking for a team of practitioners to identify learning opportunities around the Seven Simple Acts to develop a series of activities, resources and tasks to correspond with this.
We would like to work with teachers to trial activities and to refine these digital resources so that they are user-friendly and responsive to working towards a new curriculum.
This is an exciting CPD opportunity for teachers at any stage of their career. We are looking for three secondary and three primary specialists – to include a SENCO and a Welsh-medium teacher if possible.
We would ask that each teacher gives the equivalent of 1.5 working days of their time, to include 2 x two-hour zoom sessions with the wider group, plus written feedback and suggested amendments based on the resources created.
We are able to offer supply-cover costs if required (up to £150) alternatively, this can be offered as a donation to the school.
How to apply
Send an email declaring your interest, your areas of specialism and what you believe you could bring to this project via email to Naomi Chiffi at email@example.com by Friday 7th August.
Informal Zoom conversations will be held on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th August.