Outstanding Stuff turns Gobbledegook into true lesson in West Dorset's history

Dorset Echo: EXPERIMENTAL: Prof Stella Barrows and Prof Lancelot Hogben with Burton Bradstock Primary School Class Four in the Mad Professor’s Magic Lab EXPERIMENTAL: Prof Stella Barrows and Prof Lancelot Hogben with Burton Bradstock Primary School Class Four in the Mad Professor’s Magic Lab

THE West Dorset landscape is outstanding stuff.

Children at Burton Bradstock school arrived for lessons to discover the Laboratory of Outstanding Stuff had been set up for them to learn a thing or two about history, geology and wildlife.

And the ‘professors’ from Gobbledegook Theatre, in charge of the lab, needed the youngsters to help find out more about the outstanding landscape they have all around them.

Rather than relying on the teachers at school to tell them all about it, pupils were challenged to find out about the South Dorset Ridgeway for themselves, armed with artefacts from the laboratory and special fact-finding satchels.

Headteacher Claire Staple explained: “The laboratory marks the beginning of a ‘creative week’ in school, and we’re encouraging children to look at things in a different way. The laboratory is all about catching the children’s imaginations and giving them the freedom to find out about the things that interest them.”

The Laboratory of Outstanding Stuff is part of a new schools programme, provided by the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, a five-year project led by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The lab was created by Gobbledegook Theatre and DepARTure.

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