What we do for schools
At Vivacity, we offer numerous educational sessions across a diverse range of specialist services - Sport & Healthy Living, Theatre, Arts, Museums & Heritage, Libraries, and Archives.
Across these services, we support schools and home educators to bring topics to life in a variety of different ways, from Key Stages 1-5 and across all subject areas of the National Curriculum.
We are proud to work in partnership with Peterborough schools to create an offer which
- Pivots around key foundations and principles of sports and cultural education
- Helps you to achieve your individual, local and national objectives
- Innovatively enriches the curriculum
- Works towards current targeted learning agendas
- Pushes the boundaries of learning
- Shapes healthy and imaginative minds
- Cultivates lifelong learning
- Embeds positive change for the city in which we live
Get in touch
Claire Hardy - Education Development Manager
Find out more about our specialist service areas below
Sports & Healthy Living
Sport and Physical Education is an important learning environment for all children. It is especially valuable in developing physical skills, exercise, making new friends and improving self-esteem.
Studies have shown that children who play sports perform better at school due to physical activity improving brain function
We assist schools in their provision of Sport and PE, both inside the curriculum and outside the school day. Highly qualified sports coaches run PE lessons to assist with PPA cover and support for teachers to improve health and fitness throughout the school day.
Engaging with the theatre can open a whole new way of delivering subjects across the curriculum. The arts are a powerful tool, fundamental to personal development and cultural engagement.
The arts helps children to develop their imagination, problem solve, develop team skills and learn about the world around them through spoken word, discussions and creation
We have a whole theatre-full of resources, and our dynamic workshops enrich learning across the curriculum using performance as a starting point. Our offer has been developed to offer positive outcomes for participants, encouraging them to be ambitious and bold in their use of ideas and materials.
The Arts can unlock social skills, through engagement activities children will learn how to share, how to respect others, how to communicate their own thoughts verbally and through writing.
Students are able to see where art fits in the real world as opposed to viewing it as a school subject.
Our Visual Arts team offer a variety of tailored workshops and talks for primary and secondary education groups, colleges and community groups. We centre the programme around our City Gallery exhibitions, our fine and contemporary art collections, as well as our exciting sculpture park.
Museums and Heritage
Our award-winning heritage programmes at Flag Fen and Peterborough Museum help raise inspiration, supports classroom teaching and learning, makes learning memorable and develops higher critical and creative thinking skills which are integral to future success.
We aim to nourish a sense of community and foster ownership of our rich and varied local, national and internationally important collection that spans 150 million years of local history.
We provide a range of inspirational, hands-on and immersive teaching and learning experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom. All our activities have the heritage sites in our care, its collections and stories, at the heart of what we do.
Supporting a child in becoming a confident reader is one of the most important steps in helping that child to succeed in their education, their work and their life.
Engaging with the library encourages reading for pleasure outside of school which improves literacy.
We provide a range of library visits and reading-related activities to encourage and inspire children to read more and broaden their horizons. All of our offers link to the curriculum stipulation to encourage children to read widely for pleasure.
Using archives is a powerful way of engaging with the past. It can develop vital research skills deciphering primary sources or can simply add a visual impact to the topic at hand.
Understanding and being able to use primary sources is a vital skill, but most importantly creates a dynamic and engaging learning experience.
We hold and look after documents that bring to life the fascinating story of Peterborough’s past. Our sources span from the 13th Century to the present day covering a variety of periods and themes. We are a fantastic resource that enriches the curriculum, especially local history.