Learning About Where We Live brought together 14 schools from in and around Exmouth. It brought young people together with inspirational professional writers, artists and local cultural amenities, to explore the local area and share their findings through art, writing, drama, dance and music.
Pupils’ explored local beaches, heaths, coastlines and parks. They took their investigations of the area into museums, onto the beach, out on patrol with rangers and even onto a boat. Every visit inspired the young people to create something different. A visit to Orcombe Point and the Geo-Needle inspired poetry, collage, drawing and willow sculpture, while trips to Woodbury Common and the Otter Valley used a study of local flora and fauna as the starting point for clay sculptures and fabric collage. Outings to the beach resulted in printmaking and sculpture, while research into the history of the ‘Avocet’ railway line inspired a dance alongside the tracks.
The project also witnessed the outcome of schools working in pairs with teachers and children, exploring and creating, which strengthened the existing bonds and developed new working relationships between schools.
A celebratory exhibition at the Elizabeth Hall, Exmouth, gave the young people an opportunity to share what they had learnt and created with parents, teachers, project partners and the community.
“Wonderful to see children so excited about their work. A tremendous initiative.” – Mayor of Exmouth
Click here for the full evaluation report of the project.