Our Journey - a curriculum for Peterborough
We are proud to be able to offer the largest and most comprehensive place-based curriculum in the country.
Our Journey, launched by Vivacity in 2018, is Peterborough’s own time line. It is an interactive website full of hundreds of stories that tell the city’s tale from the Big Bang to the present day. Using the site you can explore the events and people that have shaped Peterborough. You are also able to create your own timelines on the site, using your stories as well as those on Our Journey. These can safely be shared with your class and wider school as they are private and password protected.
For schools, at a small annual fee, there is an added dimension to the site, designed specifically for the teaching of local history, to help with pupils’ understanding of the difficult concept of chronology and to support teaching and learning across all areas of the National Curriculum. It is a place-based local curriculum but set within national and global contexts, packaged within a comprehensive set of toolkits:
Each toolkit consists of lesson plans and resources for a half term’s learning, with clear National Curriculum links. Each lesson starts with a question to be explored.
The sessions are designed for different Key Stages but can be adapted across Key Stages and for differing abilities.
The toolkits are stand-alone though visits to Vivacity’s heritage sites, Flag Fen and Peterborough Museum, for learning outside the classroom sessions (LOTC) will enhance the learning.
As part of the learning package, through support from specialist museum staff, we can offer stories and resources linked specifically to your part of Peterborough.
Gaining access to these benefits is straightforward and can be initiated by contacting us through the site.
Jurassic Peterborough (KS1)
Explore what a Jurassic Marine Reptile felt like and find out which was the longest creature ever to live in Peterborough. This uniquely Peterborough-centred approach will transport your class to the world of the dinosaurs that existed in this area. With these engaging and creative lessons, the children will get the chance to create their own plesiosaurs and fill the classroom with sounds from 150 million years ago.
LOTC Session: ‘Under the Jurassic Sea’ (Peterborough Museum)
Prehistoric Peterborough (KS2)
What was Peterborough like before the arrival of the Romans? This unit delves into the lives of local prehistoric people considering their appearance, their diet and their environment. Using evidence from Flag Fen and Must Farm these lessons are a great introduction to archaeology and to Bronze and Iron Age life.
LOTC Sessions: ‘Exploring Prehistoric Life, ‘Survive or Thrive’ and ‘Dig It’ (Flag Fen)
Roman Peterborough (KS2)
This unit centres around the Roman town of Durobrivae (close to Peterborough) and the lives of people living locally. With a cross-curricular approach, these lessons allow the children to compare local Roman life with national Roman events.
LOTC Sessions: ‘Really Roman Day’, ‘Boudicca – Living History’ (Peterborough Museum)
This unit encourages children to play. It starts with an exploration of toys used locally in the last two centuries, using images from our collection. It also incorporates several pieces of high quality artwork used to consider how children have played in the past. The children will engage in different forms of play and will learn to create flour paste-resist artwork.
LOTC Session: ‘Toys from the Past’ (Peterborough Museum)
Victorian Peterborough – Nurses (KS1)
This unit will explore the lives of different nurses from the past, including Florence Nightingale and our important local nurse, Florence Saunders. Through games and creative activities the children will find out what it was like to be a Victorian nurse.
LOTC Session: ‘Edith Cavell and Other Past Lives’ (Peterborough Museum)
Victorian Peterborough (KS2) - The Infirmary
This unit is based around Peterborough Infirmary, which during the Victorian period was housed in the museum building. The children will look at what the infirmary was like and find out about the people working in it.
LOTC Session: ‘Victorian Medicine and Marvel’ (Peterborough Museum)
Burials through Time (KS3)
The Peterborough area has a fascinating collection of burials that provide evidence of how life has changed here over thousands of years. Starting the unit by analysing a Neolithic murder, each lesson looks at a different burial from a different time period asking questions about their life and death and what the dead can teach us.
More Toolkits will be added over time.
Our Journey - a curriculum for Peterborough