Learning for a purpose is a successful way of engaging children in their learning, especially when the topic is inspiring and carries them on a journey of imagination.
On Monday 25th February, sixty pirates took over Year 2, holding the headteacher to ransom and sailing through maths problems at a dangerously clever pace. Pirate Iguanas and Dolphins were furious when they discovered that golden chocolate coins had been removed from their classroom by the headteacher Mrs Herrero. The sly headteacher claimed that this was because her teachers had been working hard and felt that they deserved the chocolates more than the children.
Being pirates, they decided to solve this problem through mischief. So they kidnapped Mrs Campion from the office, demanding that if Mrs Herrero wanted Mrs Campion back, they must get their coins back. Mrs Herrero explained that they worked out a maths problem and gave her a special code and then she would return the coins, but only if Mrs Campion was given back first. Because Mrs Herrero was angry at the way Mrs Campion had been tied up, she demanded that the maths code was given to her in Spanish.
It must be said that Captain Davis and Captain Irving were the ringleaders of all of this chaos.
THE WONDER OF CASTLES: IMMERSIVE STUDY LEADS TO RICH LEARNING EXPERIENCES
Over the last term, Year 2 have been studying the subject of castles and this has taken them in multiple directions. They have produced some very entertaining writing, based on the tale of Sir Scallywag and as well as this fictional focus, they have also written letters to Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Linking with their technology objectives, and spatial awareness in maths, children were also taked with the challenge of creating a castle using only 8 biscuits, joining this together with the correct consistency of icing.
Their long awaited trip takes place on Thursday. There will be further trip updates following the event.