Chapel Break Infant School

  • "The school provides pupils with a very exciting, creative and innovative curriculum, which enables pupils to develop outstanding speaking & artistic skills and an excellent level of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development."
    Ofsted 2010
  • "Attainment is consistently above average writing, maths and reading when the pupils leave the school."
    Ofsted 2010
  • "The excellence in many pupils outcomes is the result of high quality teaching and the very innovative and imaginative curriculum."
    Ofsted 2010

  • "Teachers have an excellent knowledge of pupils needs on an individual basis."
    Ofsted 2010

  • "Lessons are often very challenging & need pupils full attention & concentration, which they willingly give."
    Ofsted 2010

  • "Not only do pupils achieve exceptionally well but they demonstrated real love of learning and school which is evident in the high quality of their work."
    Ofsted 2010

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TARDIS

Thinking Arts Reflective Dialogue Imagination Studio (TARDIS)

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The TARDIS is an innovative and experimental learning environment at the heart of our school. It is as much an approach to deep learning, as it is a building. All the children at Chapel Break access some of their learning in the TARDIS. The learning consists of the development of a range of skills, including speaking and listening, debate and discussion, a variety of thinking skills, social skills, independence of thought and action and persistence. It builds a knowledge and experience of the visual arts beyond those that can be offered within the usual classroom setting.

This is what Ofsted have to say about TARDIS

“The TARDIS provision is exceptionally innovative & builds upon earlier work on Philosophy that the school has been doing for some time. The outcomes of this provision, due to its resourcing, staffing and imaginative use of questioning result in some thought provoking & extremely mature work.”

What does it look like? 

  • Thinking Studio – generation of ideas
  • Art Studio – making ideas real.
  • Environment is:
  • Positive and values all ideas
  • Away from distractions
  • Comfortable and relaxed
  • Participatory and inclusive

 Where does the TARDIS concept come from? 

The TARDIS approach has been designed and developed from a range of influences that put deep thinking and child-lead learning at their core.

 

  • Influences include – Room 13, Reggio Emilia, Steiner, P4C , NSEAD
  • Creative and experiential school foundations
  • Philosophy includes:
  • Creative and free flowing thought
  • Respect, sensitivity and awareness of others
  • Collaboration and co-construction
  • Promotion of curiosity and questioning
  • Risk Taking within safe boundaries
  • Promotion of childhood as a time to explore, play, create and be joyful.

What does it look like?

  • Thinking Studio – generation of ideas
  • Art Studio – making ideas real.
  • Environment is:
  • Positive and values all ideas
  • Away from distractions
  • Comfortable and relaxed
  • Participatory and inclusive

How does it work?

Sharing ideas about “The Lost Thing” by Shaun Tan

 

  • Range of stimuli – picture books, paintings, objects, questions, experiences
  • Importance of high quality picture books
  • Importance of Drama and Philosophy Games
  • Generating questions and responses

Generating questions in the Tardis

 

  • Responses to picture books
  • P4C model
  • What if…Would you rather….Why on earth…
  • Hotseating and Drama
  • Question sorting
  • Quotes and Notes book
  • Moving thoughts into drawings,sketches and doodles
  • Moving sketches through to Art Studio.

Artwork in the Tardis

 

  • Importance of teaching Art skills ( NSEAD)
  • Drawing out Children’s ideas
  • Working alongside, guiding, using the right language, introducing choice
  • Importance of good resources
  • Working individually and collaboratively
  • Importance of TALK (including social talk) while working.
  • Impact on certain groups of children.
  • Immersion and engagement.

How do children benefit from TARDIS learning?

Joyful learning in the TARDIS

 

  • Active and Co-constructive learning
  • Development of Children’s  Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual awareness
  • Self-confidence and Self expression
  • Empowerment
  • Focus group development
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Looking and Reading Skills
  • Openness to and appreciation of the Arts
  • Friendship and Fun 

What has it achieved?

  • Exhibitions
  • Competitions
  • Links with local organisations and artists
  • Parental links
  • Website
  • Research and article
  • Link work with local schools
  • Links with UEA School of Education and Lifelong Learning.