Your School Your Space
 
 

Activities

The following activities have been devised by Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service and the School Improvement Division of Staffordshire County Council to support the Theme of "Your Learning Your Space", and can be tweaked to support any age or stage in the primary classroom.

The theme embraces the Every Child Matters agenda by promoting Excellence and Enjoyment within the classroom and also engages pupils in thinking about their learning environment.

Pupils spend a great deal of their time in school, and this theme encourages them to look closely at their own environment, make comparisons with schools in the past and explore ideas for creating learning spaces of the future.

Pupils spend a great deal of their time in school, and this theme encourages them to look closely at their own environment, make comparisons with schools in the past and explore ideas for creating learning spaces of the future.

Using exciting, eye catching visual aids such as Victorian plans and maps of different schools, and primary source accounts of school life from genuine log books, we would like to encourage pupils to think deeply about the spaces in which pupils past and present have been expected to learn. We would also like them to:

  • explore their locality and decide where the schools of the future should be located and what they should look like? What rooms, spaces and facilities should be included, both outside and inside?
  • What would a plan or map of the new school look like?

As result of this deeper, broader thinking pupils could be invited to share their findings with teachers and pupils. The theme encourages pupils to develop historical skills of chronology, enquiry and interpretation. Pupils can be asked to look for features and evidence from the past that may be used to help date their schools and give a fuller picture of what happened there in the past.

 

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