Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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Suggested Activities
+ Take the class to visit historical Jewish sites in Penzance or Falmouth. Whilst in the cemetery, split the class into pairs or small groups and task each group to find and carefully (minimal pressure on the stones) take a rubbing of a different person e.g. first, most recent, oldest, youngest person to be buried there.
+ Ask students; who were the people buried here? Collect student ideas and encourage students to give reasons for their answers. Ask students; why are the dates on the gravestones unusual? Reveal that the Hebrew date on the gravestones is arrived at through a literal reading of Genesis Chapter 1 and that there is roughly 3760 years difference between the Hebrew calendar and a Gregorian/secular calendar. Challenge students to work out what year it is now according to the Hebrew calendar.
+ Back in the classroom, challenge the class to use their rubbings to work out when the cemetery was in use. Ask students; why is the cemetery only in use during this time? Challenge the class to create a presentation, exhibition or web-based resource exploring the history of the community evidenced by their gravestone rubbings. Ask students; what will we need to find out? Work with the class to list a range of investigation questions like Research. Split the class into groups and task each group with researching a question using local knowledge, maps, books and the internet. Give the opportunity to report back to the class. Combine group findings to create the required class outcome.
+ Invite a member of the Jewish community to visit the class and talk with the class about their faith, cultural background and their life in Cornwall.
+ Ask students; what is Baha'i? Collect student ideas and reveal to the class that the 2011 census showed 39 Baha'is living in Cornwall. Explain to the class that there have been Baha'is living in Cornwall since 1910, when Daniel Jenkyn, a young man from St Ives was converted to the faith by a stranger, a Miss Dorothy Hodgson, on the train to London. Working in pairs, encourage students to investigate the Baha'i faith and draw on their findings to re-enact the encounter between Daniel and Dorothy. Ask students; how did the conversation start? What kind of things did Dorothy have to say? What kind of questions did Daniel ask? Encourage students to build their ideas into their role-play. Give students chance to perform their work and ask students; why was Daniel drawn to Baha'i? How might he have felt when he returned to St Ives? Reveal to the class that there is now an active Baha'i community in Cornwall and encourage students to consider how being a Baha'i in Cornwall today may differ from Daniel's experiences.
+ Visit the Leach Pottery in St Ives to find out about the life, work and faith of Bernard Leach. Encourage students to consider how his Baha'i beliefs shaped his art. Ask students; how do your beliefs and values shape your decisions and activities? Collect student ideas e.g. giving up your seat on the bus to an elderly person because you believe that older people should be respected. Encourage students to share and compare their beliefs with each other. Gather student beliefs and combine to create a 'We Believe...' class display. Draw on the 'Guide to Baha'i' and Nine Things to help students review the core beliefs and values of the faith. Ask students; do any of the class beliefs match those of Baha'i? Encourage students to identify any other beliefs on their display that match the beliefs and values of other world religions.