Great Places Making Waves Together is now in the final year of a three year project funded by Arts Council England and Heritage Fund, and is jointly led jointly by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Suffolk Council to promote cultural heritage across both Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
Patricia Day has been working with Lowestoft Maritime Museum to update their current school offer which is based around a treasure chest of maritime objects. Phoebe Wingate works with the local cultural education partnerships (LCEPs) in both Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, to increase opportunities for children and young people to participate in arts and cultural activity. This week Patricia and Phoebe teamed up with Poetry People to invite local teachers to visit the museum and preview the suite of teaching resources.
The twilight event was very popular, with fourteen teachers in attendance from both Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The benefits of cross county participation were soon evident because, as both towns share a similar geography and heritage, there were lots of shared ideas and suggestions for best practice. The new resources will also support the teachers to inspire a sense of identity and place in their pupils which, in view of the current economic status of the localities, is most important.
Poetry People went on to present their new linked schools resource for the seaside village, the Grit. Packed with ideas for classroom, this is a free resource available for all primary schools in Lowestoft.
Over 90% of teachers who attended the session said they would recommend it to colleague, one in particular commented on the session saying;
‘Great ideas and resources given to promote cultural learning so children can better understand their local area’.
Meanwhile, the LCEP continues to plan more school activities and events during the next term and Patricia is looking forward to developing a series of summer family activities at the museum.
Patricia Day & Phoebe Wingate
To book Ben’s Quest please check the Lowestoft Maritime museum website, download the booking form and return by post or drop it in. For more information about The Grit school resource contact firstname.lastname@example.org.