Bideford history and heritage matters: FULL
Who is this course for?
If you are an adult with learning difficulties and disabilities or you are being supported on a day-to-day basis, but hope to be more independent in your daily life, then this course is for you.
Would you like to learn more about the history of Bideford? Such as:
Did you know that
Bideford was the third largest port in England?
The last witches to be hung in England came from Bideford?
The oldest house in North Devon can be found in Bideford?
This town is full of lots of interesting facts and together we will explore it and find out lots more about the history and heritage of Bideford
Over the 5 weeks of the course, we will be taking guided walks around the town looking at heritage sites and learning interesting historical facts about some of the buildings and the people who lived here.
During the walks we will take time to learn about the past and reflect on the changes.
Over the duration of the course you will have an opportunity to build a portfolio of interesting facts combined with photos and artwork, which will be yours to keep and enable you to share your leaning with others.
You will have an opportunity to use pencils, pens, paints and pastels in your artwork to illustrate some of the changes that have taken place in the town since the 16th century.
Support and feedback
You will get continual support and feedback from your tutor throughout the course and have opportunities to discuss and review your progress.
Additional costs and requirements
As this is an outside course, you will need to ensure you dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
You might want to bring a portable fold up chair if standing for long periods of time is uncomfortable for you.
You will need to wear shoes suitable for walking.
If you have a mobile phone you might like to bring it as there will be opportunities to take photos and/or conduct on-line research en-route to the various locations.
Art supplies will be provided, but if you have your own and prefer to use them, please bring these along too.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
f you feel you require any support for your learning, please talk to a tutor or centre staff who will arrange for you to receive support or talk to a learning support co-ordinator. Any information given will be treated confidentially.
About the tutor
Your tutor will be Amanda Barrud.
Amanda teaches across a broad curriculum including craft and Family Learning, in addition to Independent Living and Life Skills to adults with learning disabilities. Before taking up employment with Learn Devon in 2002, Amanda worked for the Kent Institute of Art and Design after graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in Psychology.
Her approach to teaching is to provide a supportive environment to encourage experimentation, the trying out of new ideas to enable learners to be challenged. She is reputed to be patient, and eager to explore new techniques and materials to enthuse and inspire her classes.
A mother of 4 children and 1 grandchild, Amanda believes that her life experience has had a positive impact on her teaching. She also works for Mencap, coordinating events and activities for adults with learning disabilities in North Devon.