RIO has been working with many Primary and Secondary Schools in Plymouth thanks to some funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), running various learning programmes around heritage, art and culture to develop children’s understanding of these subject areas and build their knowledge through hands on practice and real life examples. We are working closely with the HLF to develop heritage learning programmes such as the ones you can read about below.

We have been proud to offer these learning programmes and contribute to their cultural understanding. You can read more about the learning programmes below.

Devonport High School for Boys

Learning programme: Architecture and Urban Planning

June 2012

We worked with a group of Year seven students on their enrichment week over two days, focusing on architecture and urban planning. The children learned about the ‘regency period’ and the influence it had on architecture at the time, focusing on the Faulston buildings and monuments, including Devonport Column, Devonport Guildhall, Zion Chapel (now destroyed) and Oddfellows Hall (now Ker Street Social Club).

St Joseph’s Primary School

Learning programme: Buildings in Devonport

July 2012

We worked with a group of Year 5 students for this learning programme. The focus was on historical buildings in Devonport, identifying them through map reading exercises and marking significant landmarks whilst learning about their purpose within the community. Children wrote creative writing pieces about the buildings that were uploaded onto the school’s online timeline.

Mount Wise Primary School

Learning programme: Designing a Visitor Leaflet

April 2013

Based at Devonport Guildhall, this was a one day learning programme with Year 3 children. Children learned about the history of Devonport Guildhall to inform a fun, interesting leaflet aimed at children who may visit. Children explored key facts about the building through puzzles and a treasure hunt and took pictures and drawings of key features of the rooms that they could include in their leaflet.

Marlborough Primary School

Learning programme: Creating a piece of artwork around Devonport Guildhall and Devonport Column

February – March 2013

We invited a group of Year 5 and Year 6 students to meet with well-known local artist Brian Pollard, who is exhibiting his work at Devonport Guildhall between 11th and 15th May (and then until 17th May by appointment only), including a special image in his world recognised style of Devonport Guildhall and Column.

The Year 5 school children learned how to paint in Pollard’s famous style and have produced images of both Grade I listed buildings, which will be featured alongside Brian Pollard’s artwork. The students from Year 6 have produced their own creative images and their artwork will be hung in the related areas around Devonport Guildhall during this time.

Mount Tamar PRU/Hamoaze Youth

June 2012 – ongoing

Children focused on local heritage incorporating trips including Devonport dockyard, South West Image Bank and Plymouth and West Devon Records office.


And take a look at what we will be working on over the coming weeks…


Stoke Damerel Secondary School

Learning Programme: Architecture: Combining Arts and Mathematics

This half day learning programme will have a focus on mathematics and graphic design. We will be working with the current Year 7 group over a period of 3 days in the summer term.

High Street Primary School

We are currently developing a 2 day learning programme linked to the ‘2014 Three Towns Centenary’ which is likely to take place in Autumn 2013.

If you have any questions about this, please give us a call on 01752 395028.