Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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Suggested Activities
+ Draw a picture of yourself on the board and label the figure with all the things that make up your world view and belief system e.g. what happens when you die, good and evil, existence of a higher power. Ask students; who lived in this area 4000 years ago? Collect student ideas and encourage students to consider what language they spoke, if they lived as part of a community and what their life was like. Challenge students to draw their person from the past, give them a name and attempt to label the figure with their beliefs.
+ Take students to visit some ancient monuments (book a guided visit if required) and point out the links between the sites in the landscape. Ask students; why did people go to the trouble of building these structures? What were they used for? Collect students ideas and reveal that the communities that developed the sites are referred to as Pagans. Encourage students to revisit their figure from the past and draw on their experiences to add more labels about their beliefs and values. Ask students; why do many modern Pagans (also called neopagans) choose to practice aspects of the religion at these ancient sites? Collect student ideas and invite a modern Pagan to talk to the class about their Pagan beliefs and practices.
+ Ask students; why isn't everyone in Cornwall today a Pagan? What happened to the Pagans? Collect student idea and use the 'Guide to Paganism' to help students consider the impact of Christianity on Paganism. Use the Curriculum Kernewek Calendar to encourage students to choose a celebration e.g. Christmas, Crying the Neck, Obby Oss. Challenge students to investigate their celebration and determine whether it is Christian, Pagan, secular or a mixture of traditions. Encourage students to identify which elements of their celebration correlate to each tradition.
+ Use one of the recommended books to introduce students to the story of a Cornish Witch like Thomasine Blight. Take students to visit the Museum of Witchcraft. Use the search facility on the museum website to show students an artefact relating to a spell or charm (useful search terms include mole, shoe, bottle and doll). Ask students; what was this object designed to do? Collect student ideas and repeat for a range of items. Encourage students to consider if they do or have things that they think will help them e.g. crossing fingers or lucky charms.
+ Reveal to students that there were 523,273 people in Cornwall at the time the census was taken in 2011. Ask students; how many of them were Pagans? Collect student ideas and show Census to the class. Ask students; did you guess right? Did you think there would be more or less? Encourage students to discuss their reasons for the answers they give. Split the class into groups. Allocate each group with a religion from the census table. Challenge groups to research their religion and devise a short description of it. Provide students with access to dictionaries, other books and the internet and give students time to research their religion. Encourage groups to share their findings with the rest of the class. Work with the class to complete the census table. Ask students; do any of these religions share similarities? Could any of them be considered strands or expressions of modern Paganism? Collect student ideas and display the class census table.