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Morecambe Bay Curriculum

A unique ‘place-based’ green curriculum for children and young people to learn how to look after themselves, their area and their planet.

Inspired by plans for Eden Project North, the Morecambe Bay Curriculum taps into the learning potential of the landscape and life around Morecambe Bay and is underpinned by the Eden Project North Education Strategy.

The strategy aims to bring education and residents together to share knowledge, green skills and behaviours to take personal responsibility for the local environment and the future of Morecambe Bay.

As part of this focus, the Morecambe Bay Curriculum was launched in September 2020.

The unique pre-natal to 25 years curriculum sees Lancaster University, Lancaster and Morecambe College and experts from Eden Project North working in partnership with early years settings, local schools and colleges to promote green, practical pathways to learning in the natural environment of the Bay. The ultimate aim is for that learning to be continually harnessed and retained within the region to benefit education, health, social needs, the local environment and the economy.

The Morecambe Bay Curriculum (MBC) sits alongside the national curriculum and encourages children and young people to make an active contribution to their community through involvement in practical projects.

“The curriculum is redefining the role of education in shaping a new relationship between the community, the business community and the environment. It’s been constructed by the community, for the community.” Professor Robert Barratt, Eden Project North Chair of Education at Lancaster University

Contact mbc@lancaster.ac.uk to find out more or to get involved with the Morecambe Bay Curriculum.

Introducing the Morecambe Bay Curriculum

Why is the Morecambe Bay Curriculum important, and what makes Morecambe the ideal venue for it? In a talk hosted by Professor Robert Winston, Lancaster University's Professor Robert Barratt outlines what the curriculum entails and how it can be embedded across key stages.

Morecambe Bay Curriculum in action

The local stories (past, present, future) that connect people to their place are being used as a vehicle to reimagine future sustainable solutions to living in Morecambe Bay.

Primarily, the curriculum focuses on the health and wellbeing of the ecosystem, and opportunities for future sustainable living, learning and working in the venue as well as the Eden supply chain. The MBC is informed by the community voluntary sector, the business community, environment and health sectors. Children and young people will participate in environmental projects (Powerful Projects) that are designed to interrogate environmental challenges and seek to provide sustainable solutions. Young people will also engage in employment internships through an Employer Gateway that focuses on the key challenges and opportunities for the Bay. These experiences will be evidenced in an Eden, Morecambe Bay Curriculum Passport. The first pilot projects of the MBC were launched in September 2020. These were designed to investigate the construction of Powerful Projects. Powerful Projects are thematic and will focus on one or more of the following: Land, Water, Air, Community, Economy. Powerful Projects were launched in September 2021.

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Theme: Community

Theme: Community

Powerful Project: Eden Bear Project

Partners: Rylands Nursery and Primary School and Lancaster University

Children are introduced to Eden Bear who tells the story of why Eden Bear came to Morecambe Bay looking for stories. The project is capturing the everyday stories of children's lives and their aspirations and dreams for the future of Morecambe Bay

Students in the eco hub tending to plants

Theme: Land

Theme: Land

Powerful Project: Half Hectare project

Partners: Lancaster & Morecambe College and Lancaster University

Community enterprise. Multi-generational development of Lancaster & Morecambe College land to create a garden focussed on food security. This project focuses on food production, horticulture research and green therapy. The land will be used in multiple ways, bridging provision into education. The research for the design of the project is being led by Dr Brett Bligh (Educational Research, Lancaster University)

Morecambe Bay Curriculum Partners

Partners