Bewdley School, Worcestershire, has strong links with the local town and surrounding rural infrastructure in Worcestershire. However many learners feel that the town does not offer a breadth of different cultural experiences. It was decided therefore to engender cross phase collaboration, which could cascade experiences, skills and a wider cultural understanding through cross-curriculum links.
The project proposed to explore the testimony of a Polish survivor, Jack Kagan, who at the age of fifteen escaped from a concentration camp. A mix of gifted and talented and disaffected learners from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5, interviewed Jack Kagan at the Holocaust Exhibition in the Imperial War Museum. Back at school, student ‘voice' and decision-making were paramount, and a core group of learners, staff and senior management was established to organise the project. They set objectives, explored timetabling alternatives, contacted artists, museums, and set groups. As the project progressed members of each team helped each other find confidence and to realise that everyone's ideas are valued. Students worked with the Rural Media Company in small groups outside the normal timetable on research, model making, filming, music, sound and video editing. The DVD would be showcased at school for parents and students, and showcased at Worcestershire County Performing Arts Evening.
Assessment has been tracked through individual and group interviews, evaluation and target grades. However, the impact and real achievement of this project is in the spiritual and emotional response of the learners. One student said. "I think visiting the Imperial War Museum was a good insight for everyone to understand more about the Holocaust. By listening to Jack's story it made people realise the seriousness and scale of what happened." It was this engagement, empathy and understanding, as well as skills and knowledge, which has cascaded throughout the school and community, and has given students a wider cultural appreciation and personalised learning experience.
|Links across other subjects within resource
Citizenship, English, History, Geography, ICT, Music, PSHE education, Religious Education