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West Town Primary School

West Town Primary School

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Published by: The RSA on Dec 14, 2012
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Wst Town P Schoon Ptoogh Cth
Peterborough CurriCulum
area baSedCurriCulum
Learning about, by and for Peterborough
Wst TownP Schoon PtooghCth
Peterborough CurriCulum
CaSe STudyintocton – wht s n a bs Cc Pojct?
RSA Area Based Curriculum projects are designed by schools in collabo-ration with a local community partner; supported by local expertise andcontext; and taught using the local area as a classroom.In 2010 we recruited ve schools in Peterborough to pilot this approachto curriculum development with the aims o:
Creating learning experiences that were engaging or childrenrom all backgrounds
Increasing children’s understanding o and attachment to theplace where they live
Embedding schools more deeply within their communitiesand localities
Th schoo
West Town is a School o Creativity and has developed an innovativecurriculum based on inquiry and student directed learning. West Townserves a diverse and rapidly changing population close to Peterborough’srailway station. Around 90 percent o the student population has Englishas an Additional Language, and turnover o students is around 30 percentbetween Year 3 and Year 6. The school’s curriculum and other innovationsreect the challenge to engagement that this presents.
“Children need to know why they are learning what they are learning.And it should be about the human experience no matter where childrenare rom – need to give them a sense o belonging.”
Nkk Ch, Htch, Wst Town P Schoo
A 2008 Osted report said “Staf work exceptionally hard to innovateand adapt the curriculum to meet the diverse needs o children andpromote active, collaborative learning”.West Town have been looking at curriculum or a number o years,and see curriculum being a twin approach based on key skills and looking
at what children need in the 21st century. The school embraced the ideao an Area Based Curriculum as a means o developing their curriculumthinking urther.
Th cont ptn
Peterborough Cathedral is going through its own process o exploring itsrole as a aith institution in an increasingly diverse city, and staf viewedthe engagement with schools through the Peterborough Curriculum as anopportunity to engage young people in this process
“How does the Cathedral interact with the rest o the community? – andthat’s something important or the Cathedral because the Anglican churchis there or everyone as a resource: or anyone to use as regards aith orbelie and thereore our outward acing department works in conjunctionwith education.”
mk Tons, Schoos n Cont Ofc, Ptoogh Cth
Peterborough Cathedral are developing a strong outreach programmewith schools and the wider community and are keen to work closely withother aiths in the city as well. The vision is or the Cathedral to be aresource or learning across the curriculum, and to get beyond ‘pointingout the obvious arteacts’.
Th ptnshp
Teachers rom West Town were already used to working and planning incollaboration, and so wanted to embark on an open-ended process withthe Cathedral, with the project evolving as the year went on.
“[ We decided] we could leave the precise content or now and look atbooking in the time that the children come here. The project could goseveral diferent ways and we want to design it as it goes along – withcommunication between visits, o course, and an ongoing process o development and design.”
mk Tons, Schoos n Cont mng, Ptoogh Cth
The school also involved a number o diferent staf in the project,several o whom had the opportunity to interact with Cathedral staf whocame into the school to support planning.
“Genuine co-construction o curriculum with partners, we’d done oneteacher with one partner beore, but to do it across teams and units,I think was really powerul.”
Nkk Ch, Htch Wst Town P Schoo
Th pojct
As real world rame or the project the Year 3 and 4 students were com-missioned by the Cathedral’s head o Visits, Education and Heritageto make a display or the newly built Education Centre, aimed at othervisiting children, about the Cathedral and its Tudor history. Catherine o 

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