A Curious Quest is a Punchdrunk teacher-led adventure for a whole primary school.

Cultivating an interest in local history, the three week project begins with the arrival of a small ‘museum of curiosities’ lent by a local history society. Inside the museum, seven artefacts are exhibited, but when year six open an old box displayed in the Folklore section, a strange creature escapes…

This magical creature makes bells ring when it’s near, leaves nests where it has slept and muddy bird prints in classroom corners. The only way to tempt it safely back into its box is to place a trove of lost treasure inside.

But where will the school find a trove of lost treasure? They might discover more than they ever imagined about the lost stories and histories of their local area.

Time is against the students and the creature is in danger – they must hurry to make their treasure trap if they are to succeed…

Project aims

• To raise primary school pupils’ engagement with local history and geography by revealing the rich and tangible histories that surround their schools
• To inspire and develop imaginative teaching practices within the school as a whole and place the teachers at the centre of the creativity, through a CPD session led by Punchdrunk for all school staff before the beginning of the project.
• To provide teachers with all of the tools and assets needed to lead an inspiring creative learning project for their students
• To raise understanding of how found objects can spark the imagination in pupils so they are led to think creatively about how history develops
• To galvanise school cohesion through whole school engagement with a unifying narrative

Who is it for?

A Curious Quest is a whole-school project* available to London-based primary schools. Each teacher is given all of the tools and support to lead this adventure with their students.
*For one and two form entry Primary Schools – larger Primary Schools are welcome to contact Punchdrunk to discuss the project for a specific Key Stage or group of classes

When does it take place?

The project is available to a limited number of schools in London in November 2019, January 2020 and the summer of 2020.
To find out more about the project, please email [email protected].

“They have loved it! I wouldn’t usually get so much writing from them…all of them were so invested.”

– Reception Class Teacher, 2019

Creative Team

  • Director and Writer

    Tara Boland

  • Designer

    Kat Heath

  • Creative Carpentry & Design

    Daniel Richards

  • Sound & Graphic

    Stephen Dobbie

  • Creative Associate

    Oliver Jones

  • Lighting Design

    Sarah Readman

  • Creative Technologist

    Michele Panegrossi

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  • A large wooden cabinet with lots of different sections devoted to local history.
    A Curious Quest Punchdrunk’s A Curious Quest. Photograph by Stephen Dobbie.
  • A bell and picture of a bird on a tree branch
    ACQ Gallery image1 Punchdrunk’s A Curious Quest. Photograph by Stephen Dobbie.
  • Group of children looking at a poster
    ACQ Gallery image Punchdrunk’s A Curious Quest. Photograph by Stephen Dobbie.
  • Two children’s hands holding a whistle
    A Curious Quest Punchdrunk’s A Curious Quest. Photograph by Stephen Dobbie.
  • A school assembly. Lots of children with their hands up.
    A Curious Quest Punchdrunk’s A Curious Quest. Photograph by Stephen Dobbie.
  • A teacher reading old parchment to primary school pupils.
    A Curious Quest Punchdrunk’s A Curious Quest. Photograph by Stephen Dobbie.

Feedback

“There was an impact for every child in the school…If you looked at any book across the school now, there would be an incredible story in there, all rooted in that history.”

– Year 4 / 5 teacher, Tower Hamlets, 2019

“I would recommend it to any school”

– Headteacher, Lewisham, 2019
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