Clavell Tower education project

A project with local schools, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund


The project targeted five Key Stage 2 classes (year 4) in four primary schools local to Clavell Tower. The schools were Bere Regis School, St Mary's Wool, Wool First School and Sandford First School. Around 150 pupils and their teachers participated.

The project involved:

  • A site visit to Kimmeridge Bay to view and record Clavell Tower and to find out about the World Heritage Site and coastal erosion through a visit to the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve.
  • An introduction to the Landmark Trust and its work.
  • Work with a creative writer back in the classroom using Clavell Tower and its location as inspiration
  • Work with an artist to create artworks inspired by Clavell Tower and its location.

The project introduced children to building conservation, the history of Clavell Tower and its location within the World Heritage Site, the reasons for moving the Tower and the tower as an inspiration for art. The project was cross curricular, focusing on geography, art and design, literacy and citizenship. Some schools took the project forward and made it a focus for their local history study, investigating the Kimmeridge village further through census material and trade directories available at the Dorset Record Office.

Clavell Tower Education Pack

The pack contains material that can be used both at Kimmeridge Bay and in the classroom. We highly recommend a visit to the area to view and record Clavell Tower.

How to use the pack

Teachers' Help Notes

Activity Sheet 1 - History Timeline

Activity Sheet 2 - Plan and photo

Activity Sheet 3 - Wordbank

Activity Sheet 4 - Storytelling planner

Activity Sheet 5 - Heritage organisations

Activity Sheet 6 - Who works where

Activity Sheet 7 - Heritage Statements

 

We also recommend a session at the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve to learn more about this fragile stretch of World Heritage Site coastline. The Reserve has a variety of sessions to choose from. Contact them via their website for details of their school visit provision: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/purbeck_marine_wildlife_reserve

For more information on learning about the World Heritage coastline, visit: www.jurassiccoast.com