Community Brand Case Study: Cleeve Primary School

Unleashing creativity into the classroom and beyond, fantastic things are happening across Hull’s Primary schools.

All of Hull’s 72 primary schools are signed up to No Limits, Hull 2017’s education and learning programme.  Proud members of our community brand – what better ambassadors could we ask for than our schoolchildren and teachers.

Community brand members from the very beginning, Cleeve Primary School in Bransholme has continued to embrace Hull’s year of culture with an action-packed curriculum of creativity engaging students from reception through to Year 6.

As well as teaching Hull 2017’s creative curriculum and encouraging children to attend the events and installations happening in the city they’ve been engaging students on a number of additional creative projects.

We caught up with Assistant Headteacher, Sara Atkinson, to find out what they’ve been getting up to.

Sara explained: “Working with visual artist Dom Heffer our students created a map of what Bransholme could look like in the future. Called ‘Building Bransholme 2067’ the children’s imagination ran wild creating their community 50 years in the future.

“Our Year 5 children also took part in the Blast Theory workshop and we’re excited that one of their ideas has been used in the film – Riley Madson.  The idea was a smartphone app which could change your DNA from a human into an animal!

“We’ve welcomed theatre company ‘One Day’ into school on a pilot project looking at key events in Hull’s history. Year groups 3 to 6 explored events from The Blitz to the Triple Trawler disaster, creating a script which culminated in a performance to the whole school.

“Year 1 and 2 have been working with ‘Chol Theatre’ on a project about Hull Fair. The children looked at the history of the fair and created their own imaginary community which was used to inspire their story writing.”

“Our school council is working with another local artist, Mark Powers, to create large scale sculptures of key symbols of Hull. From boxing gloves to white telephone boxes, these pieces of art will be displayed around the school.

“Mark has also worked with the entire school to create a sculpture to mark 50 years of Bransholme. Called the ‘Community Tree’ the tree was created from ship and climbing ropes, to symbolise the fishing families from Hessle road who moved to Bransholme.

“And finally, children have been involved in a pilot project with Heritage Learning and Chol Theatre in creating a film about Amy Johnson. Children spent time in the Streetlife museum looking at artefacts before creating a series of short scenes which is being made into a film.

“As you can see we have been very busy! We are currently looking at applying for another Arts Council grant to fund a drama performance and sculpture linked to the history of Bransholme.”

Find out more about the No Limits programme.