Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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Suggested Activities
+ Draw on the 'Guide to Catholic Emancipation in the C19th' to explain how Henry VIII split from the Pope to become the Head of the Church of England. Reveal to pupils that many hundreds of Catholics were accused of treason and executed because they would not accept a King or Queen as Head of the Church.
+ Draw on Character Factfile to enter the classroom in character as Francis Tregian with props e.g. hat, coat, rosary. Introduce yourself and tell pupils why you no longer live in Cornwall in your grand house and what has happened to your friend e.g. Cuthbert Mayne. Give pupils chance to hot-seat you and ask questions about your Catholic beliefs and practices.
+ Show pupils Inscription, which is displayed in the church where Francis Tregian is buried in Lisbon. Explain to pupils that Cuthbert Mayne is remembered as a martyr (someone who died for their faith) and he was made a Saint by Pope Paul VI in 1970. Challenge pupils to draw on their learning to create a similar 'Inscription' for Cuthbert Mayne.
+ Ask pupils to imagine that they are a Catholic living in Cornwall, a rescusant who pays a fine for not attending the local parish church every week. Reveal that a friend has warned them that they are about to be arrested for treason. Challenge pupils to write a diary entry sharing their thoughts. Ask pupils; what will you do? What do you think will happen to you? Will you accept Queen Elizabeth as Head of the Church or will you remain a Catholic? Give pupils time to write their diary entry and read it aloud to a partner or small group.
+ Explain to pupils that over two hundred years after the death of Francis Tregian, Catholics were still not allowed, by law, to join the military, own property, inherit land, open schools, practise law, exercise their religion, attend university or sit in parliament. Ask pupils; what would it have been like being a Catholic in Cornwall during this time? Why? Collect pupil ideas and challenge pupils to identify another group of people who haven't had equal rights in the past. Encourage pupils to share their suggestions and ask pupils; are their any groups that do not have equal rights today? Collect pupil ideas and reveal that a lot of campaigners worked really hard and by 1829 the Emancipation Act was passed, giving Catholics the right to sit in Parliament.
+ Ask pupils; are there any Catholic churches near here? Which is the oldest building, the Catholic church or the parish church? Why? Collect pupil ideas. Ask pupils; are there more or fewer Catholic churches than other types of churches? Why? Collect pupil ideas and discuss. Invite a Catholic priest to visit the class and talk about the Catholic faith and community in Cornwall today.