In 2013-4, we undertook a number of extended MoE projects at St Chad’s Catholic School, with teachers and children at all levels from Reception to Y6. With the Y5 class, the project was linked to the science topic of ‘Earth in Space.’ The children developed their own 'enterprise' which they named Landscape Garden Designs, and they undertook the task of designing a ‘human sundial,’ which introduced them to curriculum topics such as the seasonal rotation of the sun around the earth, shadows, etc.
The project culminated in a presentation at a Science Event at Aston University. The Science Coordinator for the school, Siobhan Farrelly, said:
'The project had the most outstanding results. This particular class found learning a struggle, in addition to behaviour being an issue. However, by the end of the project they had become independent learners who were completely engaged in their work. I cannot thank MAT enough for inspiring our pupils.
'Teaching can be a very challenging profession at times. However working with MAT produced some of my proudest moments as both a class teacher and science coordinator.'
At New Invention Junior School in 2012, we undertook an extended project with a Year 5 class. The theme was the Women Chainmakers’ Strike that occurred in Cradley Heath in 1910. Pupils from the school took part in a special day to mark the anniversary of the strike at the Black Country Living Museum. Some of them were filmed, and appeared on an episode of the BBC2 documentary series, The Great British Story. The project was also a winning entry in the Express and Star ‘Living History’ Awards. The following report appeared in the newspaper:
Schoolchildren who brought learning to life have been recognised in the Express & Star’s first ever Living History Awards.The three schools chosen as the overall winners were Quarry Bank Primary, in Dudley; New Invention Junior, in Willenhall, and Wodensfield Primary, in Wolverhampton. Pupils and teachers from the three schools attended a special awards presentation on Thursday.
New Invention Junior’s winning entry was their Faith PR local history website. New Invention teacher Rebecca Scordis said: 'The children wanted to educate the public on the importance of local history. Parents have all been on there and have commented on how much they love it.'
Year 5 - two recent projects
Living History in the Black Country
Earth in Space