Discovering Our Heritage at Meadows
At Meadows we believe it is extremely important that our pupils learn about the local heritage of Ketley in order to gain a pride in where they live, ensuring
they will look after the environment and pass on the remarkable stories of local heroes and pioneers both now and in the future.
Over the last five years, we have been lucky enough to be part of Historic England’s Heritage Schools Project, where we have had the opportunity to be
involved with some amazing learning experiences, which have enriched our curriculum. Our project has also led us to work closely with members of ourcommunity, artists, authors and historians.
Working alongside these amazing people in different settings, has not just enlivened our pupil’s learning experiences but it has given them valuable social experiences that cannot always be gained in the classroom.
Some of our most memorable heritage experiences to support our learning have been:
- Our Heritage Open Evenings, where we have shared with families and the community, the heritage we’ve learned.
- Interviewing members of the community about their heritage knowledge.
- Visits to the old school.
- Our heritage learning walks (there are 3).
- Our heritage artwork with visiting artists (we have a dedicated heritage gallery).
- Our poppy walks for the Ketley Fallen of WW1 and Remembrance Services both at the church and in the community.
- Making of our Somme banners, where we researched the soldiers to create our banners using textiles. We then took part in a Somme remembrance and march.
- Visits from the Granville boys (old local miners).
- 100 children visiting the local iron works.
- Mining film work. The film club won the Into film award for best documentary.
- The writing of and publication of A Horse’s Tale (the story of Archie the Ketley Pit Pony).
Heritage School Award
We are very proud to have been awarded the 'Schools Heritage plaque' by Historic England for our Heritage work on Ketley, which is still ongoing.
A partnership plaque was also presented to Maggie Evans from the Ketley History Group, in recognition of all the support she has, and continues to show to our project. A special assembly was held to present the plaques and this was also when the children were shown the first viewing of the Heritage film that Class 11 made with Historic England.
Please take a look at it by using the link below and downloading the 'Doorstep Heritage'
video on Mobile SD: https://vimeo.com/heritageschools
To view our other projects please click the link(s) below: