Peterborough Curriculum Case Study: West Town Primary School and Peterborough Cathedral
RSA Area Based Curriculum projects are designed by schools in collaboration with a local community partner; supported by local expertise and context; and taught using the local area as a classroom.
In 2010 we recruited schools in Peterborough to pilot this approach to curriculum development with the aims of:
- Creating learning experiences that were engaging for children from all backgrounds
- Increasing children's understanding of and attachment to the place where they live
- Embedding schools more deeply within their communities and localities.
Year 3 and 4 students from West Town Primary School partnered with Peterborough Cathedral to construct a programme of work which complemented and enhanced the National Curriculum, using a locally specific context. As a real world frame for the project, the Year 3 and 4 students were commissioned by the Cathedral’s head of Visits, Education and Heritage to make a display for the newly built Education Centre, aimed at other visiting children, about the Cathedral and its Tudor history.