Our first step was to create a baseline by gathering information through pupil perception and through questioning teachers about their confidence in teaching history concepts. We planned to work alongside an historian who, through drama and role play, took our Year 4 pupils back in time and bringing an energy and excitement to things of the past. We planned a directed time meeting to be hosted in the Ipswich museum, to overcome barriers for teachers and develop an awareness of the scope of potentially using this service with all children across the school. Furthermore, our selected year group worked alongside our partners at the museum to develop curation skills, This was then further developed through a shared afternoon experience of curating artefacts alongside parents. A museum area has been re-established in school where pupils become curators of their own ‘artefacts’ enabling them to articulate and tell their own stories during our recent Arts Festival.
We have further plans to continue work closely with Ipswich Museum and develop a partnership for teachers as well as ensuring families are familiar with the services on offer. This network has the potential to involve other schools. We will create a timeline throughout the school which will note historic figures linked to the curriculum in every year group and intend this to be interactive with QR codes enabling pupils to investigate further into facts about the past. This will be enhanced with continued work with colleagues form the Ipswich museum to hopefully develop a resident historian to interact with year groups. At our art festival a Viking visited for the day and pupils were able to interact with him and the artefacts he brought to engage interest and develop curiosity. We see the value in nurturing the skills of communicating the past in order to empower pupils to tell their own stories and be informed about the future.
People taking part:
90 Year 4 children
Parents at share afternoon session (approximately 1 adult per child)
Teachers at staff meeting at museum
Whole school plus parents involved at Arts Festival