New curriculum to help primary pupils celebrate Hull’s heritage as it becomes City of Culture

Hull city centre with the City Hall, left, and the Maritime Museum, right, in Queen Victoria Square. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT
Hull city centre with the City Hall, left, and the Maritime Museum, right, in Queen Victoria Square. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT
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THOUSANDS of pupils have been given a taster of a new curriculum which will be taught in schools to celebrate Hull’s heritage and history as it becomes the UK’s City of Culture.

The Hull Curriculum will focus on the city’s “rich cultural and historic assets.”

It will be delivered in at least 40 of the city’s primary schools in the new academic year.

Heritage Learning, an independent organisation in the city, has visited more than 5,000 pupils across the city this month introducing them to its new programme.

A roadshow introduces pupils to the curriculum which includes 20 “key histories” selected by teachers in the city, last November.

So far, more than 40 primary schools in the city have commissioned the city’s Heritage Learning team, who are said to specialise “in bringing learning to life through diverse art and heritage collections” to develop the new curriculum. The roadshows will continue throughout September to ensure all participating schools receive a visit.

Councillor Phil Webster, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children, said: “These roadshows are a great way to provide schools and their pupils with a taste of what the curriculum will offer when it launches. The Hull Curriculum will develop pupil’s knowledge of our rich history and it is important they celebrate the city and its key milestones.”

Heritage Learning’s business manager Jane Avison said: “We are delighted to be launching the new Hull Curriculum in participating schools this month. We have received an overwhelming response from the pupils from reception up to year six the children are excited, engaged and ready to start learning.

“There are so many amazing stories to tell about this city, stories that highlight just how significant Hull is as a place, it’s our city, our story and we want our children to tell the world just how wonderful it is.”

The Hull Curriculum project was first launched in 2014 and will run through 2016/17.