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The chance to branch out

Gemma Bendelow is the Year 5 Class Teacher at Ladybridge C.P. School, Bolton

Project: The Victorians

Bolton Council

"The UCORLA project gave me the opportunity to use some of the cultural organisations that Bolton has to offer over a seven week period.

By getting Bolton Museum, Quarry Bank Mill, The Phoenix Arts Centre, Artists in Schools, Activ8 from the Octagon Theatre and Bolton Library involved in children’s learning, all the children were motivated and inspired in different ways to learn more about the Victorians. 

Children who had not previously been to the theatre, museums etc were asking their parents to take them in their own time. In addition, the children’s writing improved because they were writing about something they had experienced rather than been told about.

Furthermore, the children’s understanding of the Victorians improved compared to previous years I have taught. I am already booking events and activities at the Cultural Organisations for this year which I didn’t know existed previously."