- Prompt and inspire writing about issues and themes such as fear, love, hope and conflict (all ages).
- Develop vocabulary to describe feelings (KS2/3).
- Inspire writing in different forms eg diaries, speeches, newspaper articles and play scripts (all ages).
- Develop close reading skills and compare and evaluate the effectiveness of language use (KS3/4/5).
- Explore context for WW2 authors or other contexts where individuals and groups experience hope in adversity, persecution or isolation eg Primo Levi, Anne Frank, war poetry etc. (all ages).
- Develop the ability to express and develop ideas in speech about issues such as war, refugees, survival (KS3/4).
- Whilst in the exhibition jot down ideas for creative writing using the title ‘Out of Darkness’, to be developed later. Different forms used in the installation could inspire the writing of drama scripts, poetry and diary entries.
- Book a poetry writing workshop on site with an experienced English teacher who will work with students before and after viewing the installation.
- Read extracts from Anne Frank (or other thematically linked non-fiction) before visiting to compare with a page from the written texts used in the installation (see above) (KS3/4/5).
Speaking and listening:
- In small groups choose a section of the installation and improvise a short play inspired by the experience presented there. Note down ideas and develop on return to the classroom.
- Develop an understanding of the skills involved in set design, lighting and sound to convey meaning (KS4 upwards).
- Develop understanding of how designers communicate meaning to audiences (from KS4 upwards).
- Learn how to use space, light and sound to create mood and atmosphere (KS4 upwards).
- Q&A with artist and lighting designer Jenny Kaga, on a relevant topic e.g. practical aspects of the installation, the use of light, sound, space and structures (KS4 upwards).
- Enjoy the installation then repeat the tour focusing on the use of light, sound and space in each section, each student making notes for discussion later.
- Small groups of students choose between sound, space and light and repeat the tour looking at how these are used accumulatively for impact on the audience. The groups take it in turns to feedback their thoughts to the rest of the group either within the space or back in the classroom.
Inspire curiosity, understand complexity of people’s lives and the link between cause and consequence (all ages from y6).
- Deepen understanding of people, periods, events – the Kagan family had to make choices throughout this time which were hugely important for their survival (all ages from y6).
- Develop perspective through the installation’s exploration of different versions of events.
- Show how a range of sources can communicate historical knowledge in different ways (KS3/4/5).
- Encourage students to evaluate the reliability of sources like diaries, letters, memories and how they fit into the wider historical story (KS3/4/5).
- Improve understanding of the modern world conflict and tension 1918 -1939 (KS4).
- Tour the installation with a timeline of the period and identify the impact of the wider historical events on the Kagan family.
- Give groups of students a source to focus on and report back on how it was used in the installation and what problems might arise from the interpretation of that source.
- Read the letters, diary entries and newspaper articles in the installation which present the perspective of different people and choose one of those perspectives to discuss or write about more fully on return to the classroom.
- Have teacher-led discussion on what they have just experienced and what it has added to their understanding of that period of history, either in the space or back in the classroom.
- Increase awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design (KS2).
- Develop students’ ability to analyse and evaluate the use of a wide range of techniques and media (KS3).
- Demonstrate how art can be used to explore an idea, convey experience and respond to a theme or idea (KS4).
- Present a range of practical and creative techniques including installation, film, use of font, lens based and light-based media (KS4).
- Sketch and respond to the various sections of the installation in situ.
- Identify, analyse and evaluate the range of techniques used in the installation.
- Discuss and plan how to use similar art and design techniques to convey their own personal experience.
Whole school enrichment or summer term activity:
The timing of the exhibition lends itself to the curriculum enrichment activities that many schools organise in the summer term.
Whilst there is unlikely to be space for a whole year group to see the installation at the same time it should be possible for us to work with you to find times to fit in groups of 25/30 whilst others are doing preparatory or follow-up work in another part of the building.