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St Brendan at Sudley Infant School
'Challenging and enjoyable whole-school adventure'
             
 

Planning, resources & children's work
For further details of the Sudley Infant School project, including planning, resources and examples of children's work, please go to the project's website:
https://sites.google.com/site/irelandinschools/

The Brendan project
In the summer of 2011, Sudley Infant School in Liverpool embarked upon a challenging but enjoyable whole-school, cross-curricular project* to learn about the life and times of an adventurous Irish saint, St Brendan the Navigator.
* Art, Dance, DT, Geography, History, Literacy, Music, PE and PSHE
Brendan the Navigator
St Brendan, a monk and patron saint of boatmen, mariners, sailors, travellers and whales, was born in Ireland about 488 AD in County Kerry. After sailing about northwest Europe spreading the Christian faith and founding monasteries, he embarked on his famous voyage to the west. In a coracle, with 17 other monks, he searched the Atlantic for ‘The Promised Land of the Saints’, encountering many mysteries and wonders.
Bringing the school together
The project certainly delivered and enriched the curriculum. It also created an enjoyable and uplifting sense of common purpose throughout the school - parents and governors included.
Praise for the project
According to Professor Patrick Buckland, chairman of Ireland in Schools,
The staff's skill and imagination in the planning and execution of such an ambitious whole-school, cross-curricular programme are inspiring and completely effective, as was clear from the enthusiasm and enjoyment the pupils showed in demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of St Brendan's life and times.