Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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Suggested Activities
+ Challenge students to create a timeline of the development of an Anglican Church in their locality or a settlement of your choice. Take the class to explore the church and identify external features including nearby holy wells, crosses, cemeteries, and internal features e.g. windows, font, rood screens. Encourage students to record their findings by taking images, mapping, taking rubbings, notes etc.
+ Invite a vicar or member of the church to talk to the class about the development of the site. Encourage students to do further research and use books, internet and local knowledge to date the development of each feature of the site. Give students chance to compile their timeline using photographs and drawings to illustrate.
+ Ask students; is the church the oldest building in our settlement? Why has this site been used in this way for such a long time? Collect student ideas and explain that churches and religious life were at the centre of communities, for instance in C14th Bodmin, there was a priory, friary, parish church, five chapels, two hospitals and two lazar (leper) houses and up to 40 religious or charitable guilds.
+ Ask students; what places of worship are there in our locality? Do people today use them in the same way as they used to? How? Collect student ideas and encourage students to choose and record five words to describe the Anglican Church that they have visited. Show students images of Truro Cathedral and ask students to choose and record five adjectives to describe the building. Show students Non-conformist Chapel
Chacewater Chapel
Reproduced courtesy of Eric Berry
and ask students to choose and record five adjectives to describe the building. Ask students; are your three sets of words different? Challenge students to compare their sets of words and identify the main differences in the building designs. Ask students; does difference in the design of the buildings indicate difference in their use, function, fashion or affordability? Collect student ideas and encourage students to consider a wide range of factors in their discussions.
+ Ask students; why are chapels and churches important to people today? Challenge students to identify as many reasons as possible e.g. somewhere to go for help, talk to God, meet other members of the community etc. Collect student ideas and create a big list of reasons. Hold a class vote to establish the top ten reasons why chapels and churches continue to be of significance as cultural and spiritual centres in Cornwall.
Kehelland Chapel
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Kehelland Chapel Interior
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Kennards Chapel
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Leedstown Chapel
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Leedstown Chapel Interior 1
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Leedstown Chapel Interior 2
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Plain an Gwarry Chapel
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