August 2013

Between March and June 2013, year 5 Gifted and Talented pupils from five primary schools and year 9 and year 12/13 pupils from two secondary schools in New Eltham, teamed up with organisations within the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site (MGWHS) to take part in an exciting film project to showcase what’s on offer for schools in Greenwich.

Sites included Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Old Royal Naval College, Royal Observatory Greenwich and The Royal Parks. Pupils were supported in the filming and editing process by students from Ravensbourne, a higher education institution in Greenwich which specialises in digital media and design.

Explore ORNC (part of the Explore Maritime Greenwich film project) by Old Royal Naval College.

At the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC), pupils from Gordon Primary School, Crown Woods Secondary School and St Thomas More Secondary School worked with members of the ORNC Learning team to uncover the diverse history of the ORNC site – from a Tudor Palace, where Henry VIII was born, to a hospital for old and injured sailors.

Over a series of visits pupils explored the paintings of the Pained Hall, the interactive and hands-on displays in Discover Greenwich and had a go in our Victorian Skittle Alley, before deciding which elements of the site and its history they wanted to share with other young people through film.

With support from staff and students at Ravensbourne, pupils discovered how to create a film timeline, what factors to consider, problems that might arise and ways they could be solved. They also had practical experience of using sound, lighting and filming equipment.

Through these visits, and supported by teachers back at school, pupils researched, scripted and produced a video that presents the history and significance of the ORNC in their own words.

Celebration Event

On 7 June 2013 a project celebration event was held at the National Maritime Museum for all the pupils involved, which was attended by the Mayor of Greenwich. This included an opportunity for pupils to preview their films and feedback to each other about what they had discovered and enjoyed most about the project.

Participating schools in the New Eltham Cluster

Alderwood Primary School, Deansfield Primary School, Eltham C of E Primary School, Gordon Primary School, Wybourne Primary School, Crown Woods Secondary School, St Thomas More Secondary School

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