As part of my Educational Project Residency at CAS I was introduced to St John Baptist School and began working with them in October 2015. It was a really fun and exciting experience, allowing the children to experiment and be creative within the classroom. It was a huge learning curve, but in a very enriching and exciting way. It was the start of realising how much a enjoy working with with children and led me to applying for a PGCE course for primary teaching.
About the project
The teacher and I discussed ideas and decided on a project where each child would make an outdoor mobile/ wind-chime, and they would each be assigned a colour so once they were placed all together it looks like a rainbow. This fun and interactive project lasted over a number of weeks.
I benefited from the CAS Educational Project Residency because helped me gain experience and confidence in the class room. I was able to develop my leadership and time management skills as well as become more experimental with the making process and allowing the children to be more experimental and creative. My favourite part of the experience was working with the children and seeing their reaction when they saw the final outcome of them all hung up in the trees.
Challenges included some children finding the process of making their mobiles more difficult than others, and some had more materials than others. I overcame these by working one to one with children while the class were all making their mobiles so they didn’t fall behind of or feel disheartened, also the children shared their materials with those that had less.
During my residency at CAS I enjoyed having a connection with a wide variety of artists with a wide variety of skills and was able to contribute to CAS projects, for example I designed the logo for The Bus of Many Things.
After completing my Educational Project Residency at CAS I went on to work as LSA one to one with a child in a year 2 class for 7 months and have been accepted to do a PGCE primary course in Winchester University in September.