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Curriculum enrichment- Our partnership with Lakeside Arts at The University of Nottingham

Djanogly Strelley and Lakeside Arts Partnership


We work closely with staff at Lakeside Arts and The University of Nottingham to give children exciting opportunities to develop their learning. Here is the press release announcing our partnership:


Lakeside Arts is part of the University of Nottingham, based in the green surroundings of Highfields and University Park. It offers a year-round programme in a gallery, theatre, concert hall, museum and workshop space which is open to everyone, but this year Lakeside decided to make a major change in the way they worked to better understand what schools wanted and needed to best help their pupils learn and grow.  


To this end our school was approached by Lakeside through the city's Cultural Education Partnership ChalleNGe because Lakeside wanted to build a new kind of partnership with a school that developed over a long period of time, rather than a one-off, individual project opportunity.  Meantime we felt that the time was right for such an opportunity and following initial consultations we are delighted to formally announce a brand new, and long-term partnership with Lakeside beginning this autumn.  We believe it will bring great benefits to our students, our staff, and all our families over the next decade. 


Ben Armstrong Head Teacher said "As part of this programme we want to help build the skills and confidence of our children through engagement with a range of very different resources, artists and creatives - including visits to Lakeside and University Departments."  Lakeside's Director Shona Powell OBE said  "We feel that we can learn a great deal from each other.  All Lakeside's team are excited about getting to know the staff and pupils, both by coming out to school and welcoming you to our venue."


We kickstarted our programme by involving Lakeside's Learning Officer, Rachel Feneley, in one of our termly planning days, but then immediately were able to engage KS1 and KS2 students in an amazing project involving Makers of Imaginary Worlds.  Our classes were involved in a series of workshops led by Roma Patel and Rachel Ramchurn which were mirrored in a partner school in Hong Kong.  The children were challenged to problem solve and use design thinking to create some remarkable inventions called Thingamabobas.  The results are shown in a special online Gallery and there's a marvellous short film about it on that same link.


The next part of the programme involves our staff visiting the Geography Department at the University and our team will be working with academics to find out how we can make use of their amazing resources and knowledge in the classroom.  And this is just the beginning.  We look forward to reporting back on our progress together over the next ten years!