February 2013

A collaborative project with local schools exploring historic journeys made to and from the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC)

Seven schools from the Royal Borough of Greenwich took part in a project to explore some of the stories of real people who travelled to and from the Royal Hospital for Seamen in Greenwich, as the buildings of the ORNC used to be known when it was a refuge for old and injured sailors.

Pupils explored these journeys through drama, storytelling, historical enquiry and object handing with members of the ORNC learning team, to build up a picture of what life was like for the sailors.

Back in the classroom pupils drew inspiration from their visits to produce a range of creative responses to support their topic work, which was exhibited at the ORNC as part of an accompanying exhibition.

The project also shared pupils’ experiences and encouraged families to explore the theme of journeys together through a celebration event and family craft activities at the ORNC.

The children in Years 1 and 2 at Meridian especially enjoyed the opportunity to explore the idea that people from all over the world chose their home town to visit and settle in. We have made yet more links with our neighbours at the Old Royal Naval College and the children and their families have been incredibly proud of the fact that their work has been exhibited.
Deputy Head, Meridian Primary School

The John Roan School Year 7 students had a brilliant time at the ORNC and learned a huge amount to help support their reading of the class novel. They loved the interactivity of the ORNC, especially getting the opportunity to use the Skittle Alley (fortunately ghost-free!) and to meet Joe Brown.
Year 7 teacher, The John Roan School

The seven schools involved in the project are part of the Trafalgar Schools Cluster Group: The John Roan School (year 7), Christ Church Primary (year 5), Sherington Primary (year 5), St Joseph’s Primary (year 3), Meridian Primary (years 1 and 2), Millennium Primary (year 1), Invicta Primary (year 1). Pupils from the Robert Owen Early Years Centre also contributed work to the exhibition.

Check out our online gallery for images of the project, exhibition and celebration events.

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