The Leonardo Effect approach to learning was first formulated by lecturers at St Mary’s University, Belfast, and has now been implemented in a number of schools. The mission of Leonardo 21 is to use creative curriculum teaching to transform how students learn.
In the 2009, Pisa assessments, 15-year-olds in Wales performed worse than in the 2006 assessments, and slipped down the international rankings for both reading and mathematics. St Joseph’s wishes to be the first school in South East Wales to adopt the LE methodology and change these outcomes permanently. St Joseph's have previously used Water and Air as themes for this creative curriculum. This coming September the circus will be coming to town.
Students will be learning through the theme of the circus. The work will be launched on September 12th, when a 600-seat big top tent will be pitched on the school field and the children and their families will enjoy watching clowns, acrobats, aerialists, specialty acts, magic and more. Throughout the autumn term, pupils will direct their own learning through the theme and will investigate and research topics such as performance, production, psychomotor skill development and circus related art, history and science work.
HOW FELLOWS CAN HELP
Staff and students at St Joesph's are looking to Fellows to offer support and practical help in topics such as peformance, production, skill development alongside many others. The school curriculum will be titled to reflect all things circus, they'd love to hear from Fellows who think they could support our students and staff this autumn.
Contact Gareth to arrange an informal chat.
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