As part of the Jersey Heritage ‘Love Your Castle’ campaign and thanks to sponsors Ogier, primary school children have been invited to participate in the Castle School programme, offering them a unique opportunity to use Elizabeth Castle as an inspiring platform for learning about maths and science.
The week long programme has been eagerly supported by the Education Department and the One Foundation, thanks to Jersey Heritage’s efforts in endorsing a teaching session full of experiences and experiments which will inform the children’s STEM learning. The children will be enlisted into the army, use maths to work out the rate of pay for soldiers, buy food and luxuries from the Sutler and then discover the science behind musket and cannon fire and watch how black powder is made and used. Speciality reenactors from the UK will make this possible and demonstrate live force, friction and explosions.
Helen Otterwell, Community Learning and Engagement manger for Jersey Heritage said, “We are very excited to be launching the programme this October and hope it will be a great success which pupils will remember for many years to come”.
Kate Kirk, Head of Marketing at law firm Ogier adds, “it's great to be involved in a project that is so inclusive. We are very proud to support the Castle school programme and are delighted that Jersey primary schools are supporting it so enthusiastically. The trips out to the castle were fully booked extremely quickly – the fastest response Jersey Heritage has ever.
In an effort to extend learning outcomes, a box of experiments, work books and lesson plans for further use at school will be given out to those who attend. These materials will also be supplied during the free in-school sessions taking place in November and December for the schools that are unable to make it to Elizabeth Castle. This will include helpful scientific explanations for use in school as well as a number of materials needed for the experiments.