The return of Prospero

During my PGCE I blogged about a school who were participating in an experiential learning project using the character Prospero who set the challenge for the class to find out all about a period of time, in that case World War I, to then record it for a page in his journal. You can see that post here:

 

This September saw the return of him again this time with year 4 children about to embark on the study of the Romans. I introduced him asking the Receptionist to deliver a package to my classroom at the appropriate time and it included a letter and a copy of Prospero’s journal. The letter introduced the character and asked them to:

 

‘…find the right place in my journal to put your page on Romans and think about the things you want to know, or maybe already know about the Romans, then we can start collecting all the information we need.’

 

From here on Prospero wrote to the children regularly, sometimes we collected or recorded things to send to him and he would do the same for us. He also spoke to me and gave me key bits of information like where to find clips from Horrible Histories to help us find the information.

 

Overall using the character Prospero as a mode of introducing the Romans topic and continuing the enthusiasm for the topic worked really well. Some of the children did not believe that a time-travelling character was talking to us but they still played along, or at least kept quiet. I did have to speak to one parent who was concerned who her child was talking about and writing letters to, so that might be something to consider next time. We had lots of fun sharing our learning with Prospero and we did hope to meet him at the end of the year, unfortunately that could not be arrange in the end but I think it would have been a fantastic way to top off the unit.

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