Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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Suggested Activities
+ Ask pupils; what do you know about Jesus? Collect pupil ideas around the birth, miracles, teachings, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Create a class time-line and label zero - 'the birth of Jesus'. Ask pupils; what do we call the period before the birth of Jesus? Collect pupils answers and label the time-line 'BC – Before Christ'. Ask pupils; what do we call the period after the birth of Jesus? Collect pupils answers and label the time-line 'Anno Domini – in the year of our Lord' (Latin).
+ Ask pupils; when did people living in Cornwall hear the 'news' of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus? Encourage pupils to use the time-line to indicate their ideas. Reveal to the class that evidence suggests that within a couple hundred years of the events in Jerusalem there were Christians in Britain. Label the time-line 'Around 200AD – Christianity in Britain'.
+ Ask pupils; did the news travel quickly or slowly? Show pupils the distance the news had to travel using a map. Ask pupils; how did the news get to Cornwall? Split the class into groups. Cut up and give each group a set of News Cards. Challenge each group to divide the cards into two groups, those which slowed and those which helped the spread of Christianity to Britain. Give pupils time to sort their cards and share their choices.
+ Reveal to pupils that some people think that Christianity came to Cornwall much earlier. Explain that there is a story that when Jesus was a teenager he accompanied his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, on a journey. His uncle was a trader and they sailed the trade route to Cornwall in search of tin, copper or lead. Some say they landed in Looe, others say they moored up in St Just in the Roseland, there is a story that they visited St Michaels Mount and another tale that they stopped at Padstow. It is stories like these that may have inspired the poem 'Jerusalem' by William Blake. Tell pupils that there is also a legend that after the crucifixion of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea returned to Britain with a special cup that Jesus had used at the Last Supper. He is said to have hidden it at Glastonbury Tor and pushed his staff into the ground, which took root and grew into a strange thorn tree. The cup became known as the Holy Grail and features in the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
+ Ask pupils; what is a pilgrimage? Collect pupil ideas and help pupils look up the definition in a dictionary. Reveal to pupils that there are some places that are very special to Christians e.g. Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Explain that many Cornish Saints, monks and other Christians have passed through Cornwall on their way to these special places creating two special pilgrim routes, St Michaels Way (between St Ives and St Michaels Mount) and the Saints Way (between Padstow and Fowey). Help pupils to locate these on a map and ask pupils; why are the routes where they are? Collect pupil ideas e.g. navigable rivers reduced the distance of journeys over land.
+ Use the Sense of Place 'Land of Saints' unit of work to tell pupils the story of a Cornish Saint arriving in Cornwall. Explain that we cannot be sure if all the stories really happened but the Cornish Saints were real people and records that they existed can be found in the place-names and church books.