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Launch of culture curriculum for Hull primary schools

Curriculum to be rolled out for City of Culture 2017
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Hull has launched a new curriculum focusing on the city’s culture and heritage ahead of becoming the UK City of Culture 2017.

The new culture curriculum is being funded by the 41 primary schools that have signed up, and will be rolled out from next September. It is based on 20 stories about Hull that cover the origins of the city in the 13th century up to life in the late 20th century.

"These are the stories that we want our children to tell the world about and be proud of,” said Jane Avison, the manager of Heritage Learning, which was commissioned to write and deliver the new curriculum.

“Many are familiar stories but we also wanted to find hidden histories and show how Hull has had an impact on a global scale. Our museums’ collections are part of many of these stories, as are Hull’s buildings and public statues – we want the whole city to be turned into a classroom.”

The curriculum was developed by a steering committee, made up of creative learning experts and historians, which identified more than 130 potential stories. These were then debated by teachers before a live vote selected the 20 stories that will be the focus of the new 2017 Hull curriculum.

The curriculum will be supported by a digital platform featuring learning resources such as classroom activities.

“We didn’t just want to offer downloadable resources,” said Avison. “We’ve got funding from the schools to bring artists into schools and get the children to creatively interpret the stories. The main focus will be children teaching other children.”


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