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Island heritage sites become classrooms for pupils through Cultural Education Partnership

Claire Paul
22, June 2024

This spring the Cultural Education Partnership brought together schools and cultural partners to collaborate on a pilot project, intended to produce a more engaging and creative approach to the KS2 Geography curriculum. With a co-creative approach, the team could develop a resource with legacy for island schools to take forward and use year-on-year.

Visiting Island heritage sites
The project ensured each pupil involved was able to access a trip to an Island heritage site (Carisbrooke Castle Museum and The Classic Boat Museum) to launch their project and gain a bronze Arts award for their participation.

Comparing Islands
As if this wasn’t enough, the project also required the children to compare the Isle of Wight to an area of the Ukraine, an Island in Zaporizhzhia called Khortytsia. The children were able to learn about this region and send questions to the children from a school there.

Some of the children were even able to take part in a zoom call with these children and as a result, Barton primary has developed an ongoing relationship with the school in Khortytsia and will now have regular pupil sharing sessions with them.

Free CPD session for teachers
The CEP and Cultural organisations involved will be delivering a free CPD session for teachers. The session will pass on the wonderful skills and resources used in the curriculum.

With over 20 teachers signed up to join us we are hoping for a dynamic and fun session!

Thanks to those taking part
Huge thanks to the schools and cultural organisations that took part:

Freshwater and Yarmouth Primary, Summerfields Primary and Barton Primary. The Cultural Organisations were: New Carnival Company, StoneCrabs Theatre IW Music Hub, Museums and Schools Programme and English Heritage.

Find out more
If your school is interested in getting involved, please get in touch and we can discuss a CPD event for you and your staff.

Email or visit the CEP site for resources and much more!

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