Cultural Curriculum for Bristol

The Cultural Curriculum for Bristol is a pioneering new curriculum which has been developed by artists and teachers, to combine the core STEM subjects with dance, drama, music and art.  This has been developed in response to the declining curriculum time devoted to teaching the creative arts in schools.

Led by Bristol Music Trust and Bristol Plays Music, and working with some of the city’s key arts organisations: Bristol Old Vic, Chango Music, Theatre Bristol and Room 13, alongside teachers from the E-ACT multi Academy Trust across 4 schools in Bristol, the project has seen the creation of 72 tailored lesson plans covering 300 activities.

This edition of the Cultural Curriculum for Bristol presents a condensed assortment of 6-week lesson plans, activities, resources and ideas spanning Reception to Year 6. The plans have been designed to be flexible, allowing teachers to pull out discrete stand-alone activities, teach a part of a lesson or the complete unit as a sequence of learning.

Each lesson plan consists of:

  • Learning Objectives
  • Links to STEM and wider Cross-Curricular subject areas
  • Key words/vocabulary
  • List of resources needed
  • Starter activities
  • Main learning activities with suggested timings and tag words for easy search
  • A Plenary
  • Extension activities (where appropriate)
  • Assessment criteria for each plan including ‘I Can’ statements for self assessment and a teacher resource for tracking progress and attainment

The full set of plans will be available in 2019. View the online version of the Cultural Curriculum for Bristol on Issuu by clicking the image below, and download the condensed version by clicking here.

We’re changing

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon, and this means we’re changing too.

Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, the charity that also runs the venue formerly known as Colston Hall. These two organisations will soon unite under one name: Bristol Beacon.

Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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