Laboratory of Outstanding Stuff (‘L.O.O.S’) is a part of the South Dorset Ridgeway (SDR) Partnership project

Timescale:  October 2013 – January 2016

What and Why?

To deliver an ambitious 5-year learning development programme inspiring outdoor learning and the creation of learning resources.  Participants will have an increased understanding of the SDR and experience a high quality piece of original interactive drama.  Aimed at schools within and adjacent to the Ridgeway Landscape: Dorchester, Bridport and Weymouth & Portland.

Our Work

To manage the process, collaborate with schools and work with the artists

Results

1799 children have accessed and learnt from the installation and experience. At least 94 staff (teachers/teaching assistants) have accessed and learnt from the installation and experience.

“The rich and detailed environment the LOOS created, it was a truly magical place to be in. The children in particular enjoyed the butterflies flying out of the old books, and seeing the old fashioned projector. Everyone who went into the LOOS wanted to stay in there”. Teacher Manor Park.

“On the first two days each class teacher went in to the tent with 10 children from their class. These children then became the experts for the rest of their classes and led the learning. I was amazed and impressed with how much the children remembered – even the sheep noises! Some classes used it for story writing, some to reinforce the history learnt previously on our Ridgeway walks”. Teacher

Outcome

Children were documented as showing: Increased confidence, increased understanding of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on their doorstep, increased visits to an AONB with families involved.  The artists involved have subsequently been commissioned to create new outdoor theatre work inspired by their SDR understanding that has toured to Brighton and Winchester to new audiences.