Time travelling school children going back centuries
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Cherwell youngsters are set to step 400 years back in time for a new book about local history thanks to a unique partnership between Sanctuary Housing and Steeple Aston Village Archive Trust (SAVA).
Children from Dr Radcliffe’s CE Primary School in Steeple Aston will be delving into the past of their village school through an exciting project following a donation of £5,000 to SAVA from Sanctuary’s Cherish Cherwell Fund.
The cash donation will allow the young pupils and school staff to bring SAVA’s 2005 history exhibition – which traced the development of local education from its foundation in 1640 to the present day – up-to-date.
The 2005 exhibition told the story of education in the village over centuries gone by, with sections on curriculum, school meals, the buildings, discipline and teachers. Sanctuary’s grant will be used to add some examples of current school practices and initiatives, using the ideas of both children and staff.
The material will then feature in a new SAVA history exhibition, which is planned for November 2014, before being published in the Trust’s very own book.
Sanctuary has also provided funding for a project which is allowing children from Class 4 at Dr Radcliffe’s School to take part in a mapping project.
Through the scheme, pupils are taking time exploring the village and recording different features they see including paths, trees, hedges, springs and buildings, to help produce a scale map of the area. The map will be displayed for parents of the children and the local community to view at a SAVA exhibition later this year.
Martin Lipson, chairman of the Village Archive, said: “Sanctuary’s grant has already allowed 30 children, many from local families, to spend supervised time out in the village, observing, measuring and drawing what they see. Some of them have amazed us with their mathematical skills and their team work.
“We’re really looking forward to the next stage of the project, where schooling itself becomes the focus for a larger group of children. Everyone benefits from such community projects, and we aim to continue involvement with the school in the future.”
Harj Lota, Sanctuary’s head of local partnerships for the Midlands, added: “This money will be invaluable in allowing local school children to get in touch with their history and it’s so exciting that the youngsters will be able to see their handiwork in a book!
“The skills the pupils will be building up will be of real benefit to them in the future so we are delighted to show our support for this exciting initiative.”
Sanctuary’s Cherish Cherwell Fund offers grants in support of activities and projects that will make a real difference to the lives of people across the district.