Students at St Richard’s Primary School achieve national accreditation for their work on the history of Belle Vue.
As part of their involvement in the English Heritage, Heritage Schools Programme, students at St Richards Primary in Longsight have become experts on the history of Belle Vue, a zoo, funfair and entertainment ground which, until the 1970s, was located just around the corner from their school. Now, through their artistic and cultural work on the project, many of the children have gained a nationally recognised certificate for their work.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Lead Teacher, Lucy Rhodes, and with support from the Heritage Schools Programme, students have been enthused with the rich history and heritage of the Belle Vue complex, which in its heyday, was known as “The Showground of the World!” Daisy Horsley, Heritage Schools, Local Heritage Education Manager for Manchester explained:
The aim of the Programme is to support schools in using local heritage to deliver the curriculum. This project allowed students to gain knowledge of local history and a range of historic and artistic skills. More than that it really sparked the children’s interest and gave them a sense of pride in where they live.
Moreover, by carrying out art, drama and other cultural activities based on the project, many of the children have also achieved the Arts Award Discover certificate. Caroline Bray, Arts Award Associate at Trinity College London, said:
This wonderful project shows how rewarding – and how simple – it is for students to achieve an Arts Award through creative activities as part of a local history or heritage project. Arts Award can bring curriculum subjects like history, literacy and art together and this project shows just how well they complement each other.
With help from Curious Minds, and together with the Heritage School’s Programme, St Richard’s have produced a film explaining how schools can achieve Arts Award through local history and heritage.
Arts Award’s unique qualifications support children and young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. Discover is the introductory level open to anyone aged up to 25. The programme is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.
For more information on the Heritage Schools Programme visit english-heritage.org.uk/education/heritage-schools/.
For more information about Arts Award visit artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64