Pupil-created pop-up museum opened at Ormiston South Parade Academy

Year 5 pupils from Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA) in Grimsby have opened their own pop-up museum. Working in partnership with Hull based Heritage Learning, the museum showcases the pupils’ work from the year alongside artefacts from Hull Museums.

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The creation of the museum comes as part of the year-long CapeUK ‘Challenge to Yorkshire and Humber Schools’ action research project with Heritage Learning as funded by Arts Council England (ACE), to identify the impact cultural learning opportunities can have on pupils’ development and attainment. Using the school’s existing curriculum in Year 5, educational visits, the use of museum objects and arts practitioners have been embedded to provide a stimulus for learning back in the classroom. The culmination of the year’s work is the opening of the museum with all work created by the pupils themselves.

Mason Parrott, a Year 5 pupil said: “Reaching the point of making our own museum has been quite a challenge but we have finally reached our goal. I painted a life-size Egyptian god which features alongside work created by other children in Year 5.”

Amelia Smith, another Year 5 pupil, echoed Mason and said: “I am feeling really proud about opening the museum to other children in our school and visitors such as our parents. We hope they will enjoy the process of seeing our learning this year.”

The project has had a significant impact on children’s attitudes to learning. Parents have fed back that their children have greater enthusiasm for school and a real willingness to learn, including pupils wanting to undertake homework which previously had been a struggle. This has resulted in parents noticing their child’s confidence has grown significantly and that they are making good progress. With the goal of creating their own museum it has given the pupils a strong purpose for their work.

Pop-up museum at South ParadePop-up museum at South ParadeJon Preston, Year 5 teacher said: “The visits to places such as Gainsborough Old Hall and the Hands on History Museum in Hull really helped with the children’s learning. Providing immersive learning experiences, including the opportunity to re-enact a Tudor banquet, has meant our pupils are engaging with the curriculum in new and memorable ways. The resulting work produced by the children has been greatly improved.”

Zoe Martin, Education Programme Developer for Heritage Learning, said: “It has been a fantastic year working with pupils at OSPA, and they should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved. This is a new way of working for the Heritage Learning team but seeing first-hand how cultural learning opportunities, embedded successfully in the school’s curriculum, can have on children and their learning is remarkable.”