Led by the Museum Education Officer for the Calderdale Museum Service at Calderdale Council, Calderdale Schools Linking Programme began in 2010 and is steadily expanding; in 2019/20 we had over 700 children linking from 21 schools across the area! The 26 linking classes on the programme met their paired class for the first time at the fabulous Bankfield Museum, Halifax in Calderdale.
For 2020-21, we are excited about developing ways of delivering virtual visits to Bankfield Museum. We hope to also deliver art activities virtually with linking schools, using role play characters and accessing our diverse collections virtually with them.
‘I have taken part in the Linking Project and can see the positive impact it has on young people in terms of giving them access to a multi-cultural experience where organically there may otherwise be limited opportunities. the project…is a place for our younger members of society to learn about other people in a safe and stimulating environment’ Emma Hygate, Prevent Education Officer
Pupils enjoyed visiting Bankfield Museum: ‘I didn’t think it would have been that much fun’, child from Mount Pellon Academy; and teachers also found many benefits on the day: ‘The enthusiasm of the staff, the organisation of the day really helped our children that were nervous.’ ‘As a school, we are predominately White British so one boy was really excited to have a Muslim partner and kept asking lovely questions to his partner to find out about his way of life.’ ‘The children from Old Town were very mature and caring towards my class.’ ‘Very enlightening for our children to meet others of a different/no faith and of a completely different cultural background.’ Teacher from Parkinson Lane School.
We are looking forward to our new look linking and sharing our new resources in 2020-21.
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