Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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Suggested Activities
+ Ask pupils; have you been to any festivals or celebrations? Which ones? Collect pupil ideas and encourage pupils to describe their experiences. Create a Year Wheel display outline and encourage them to write in the festivals they have mentioned at the correct time of year.
+ Split the class into groups and give each group Cornish Celebrations
Reproduced courtesy of Andrew Besley.
. Give each group a set of Celebration Names and challenge them to guess which name matches each picture. Read Celebration Descriptions one at a time and encourage groups to discuss and guess which pictured celebration is described and check if they have matched the picture and name correctly. Encourage groups to share their matches and reveal the correct answers. As the class discover festivals through their learning activities, encourage them to add them to the Year Wheel and illustrate with the pictures.
+ Invite an older person from the community to visit the class to talk about celebrations that they participated in when they were children, for instance a Tea Treat. Hold a class Tea Treat drawing on resources from the Sense of Place Early Years unit 'Tea Treat'. Recreate scenes from the old archive photographs.
+ Work with pupils to choose very different types of celebration from each season and celebrate a whole year within a week, month or term. Include a ritual like Crying the Neck, a legend inspired festival like Bolster Day, a local event like a Saints Feast Day (popular across Cornwall in the past) and a worldwide religious festival celebrated in a special way like a Cornish Christmas.
+ In researching the festivals encourage pupils to decide if they will need to wear special clothes, sing special songs, make special props or participate in a special dance. Give pupils time to prepare for each event and invite parents or pupils from another class to join in.
+ During each celebration ensure that the key meaning of the festival is explored through story or a ritual re-enactment to help pupils understand the importance of the event and support their spiritual enquiry.
+ Document the class celebrations by adding evidence of the events including photographs of pupil activities, props, costumes and artwork to the Year Wheel display.
Reproduced courtesy of Andrew Besley.
Reproduced courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart.