Mayflower 400 Southampton

Mayflower 400 Southampton Education Resources

These educational resources released as part of the anniversary programme to mark of the sailing of the Mayflower, have been produced to connect school pupils with our local history as a global gateway and a City of Sanctuary. The scheme of work draws out parallels between the intolerances faced in today’s society with the experience of the Mayflower passengers and the Wampanoag Native Americans.

The resources have been co-created by Oasis Academy Mayfield and Paula Peters of the Wampanoag tribespeople.  They tell theMayflower story from both the perspective of the European settlers and the Native Americans. This is the first time Wampanoag people have co-curated education materials for UK students.

The impact  and resulting losses of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown are also compared with the losses that were experienced by the Mayflower passengers and the Wampanoag people.

Paula Peters, Wampanoag Scholar said: “The curriculum developed for Southampton students as a result of this collaboration is perhaps the most comprehensive teaching on pre-colonial, Mayflower, and colonial history that finally includes the Native perspective. The Wampanoag story has been marginalized for centuries yet the story of the Mayflower is one that cannot be completely understood without the inclusion of the Wampanoag perspective. These are the stories that inform our humanity.”

The resources are aimed at Key Stages 2-4 with weekly hour-long lessons imagined within PSHE or RE sessions. To maximise the effectiveness of this scheme of work to Key Stage 4, the discussion-based work allows students to share ideas and collaborate to enable students to vocalise their thoughts enabling them to better able to express on paper. There is more opportunity to create a creative piece depending on the strengths of the pupils. Attention is given to help Key Stage 2 students to grapple with the concepts and vocabulary within the scheme of work.

Mayflower 400 aims to leave a legacy that engages Southampton schools with the significance of their place in the world and the place of sanctuary it has provided to many people over the centuries. The resources support schools to enrol or to continue develop work as part of the School of Sanctuary programme.

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