This half term our learning is based on J. K. Rowling's popular book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
We have a very busy term coming up with a lot of children in year 6 visiting London and the Harry Potter Studios.
We will be writing descriptions of key characters and settings from the book, inventing our own mythical creatures and creating a persuasive advert for a new product to be sold at the Honeydukes Sweet Shop.
Keep coming back to see examples of our work as we add them to our class page.
A Day at Hogwarts
For our first day back, Year 6 was transformed into Hogwarts. Following the register, the children had to sit on a table at the front of class, place the sorting hat on their head and listen to which house it chose for them. This was great fun and the anticipation was spellbinding.
Once sorted into 4 different houses, the new students went their separate ways to their lessons.
The 4 lessons for the day were:
DT - Designing and making a wand
Chemistry - Creating Powerful Potions
PE - Participating in a game of Quidditch
Writing - Conjure up creative spells and refine their wand posture
Below are some images of the day.
Character Descriptions of Hagrid
Diagon Alley Setting Descriptions
We watched a short clip of the moment when Hagrid introduces Harry to Diagon Alley. We listed all the things Harry saw in small groups and then labelled some images of Diagon Alley.
Following this, we did some Imagineering, imagining we were Harry walking along the Alley, looking all around.
Finally, we thought of sentences that included prepositions to show where these things were and wrote our own setting description as part of the story.
Below are a couple of examples of our work.
HoneyDukes Sweet Shop Creations
We watched a video clip of HoneyDukes - the sweet shop on Diagon Alley - and looked at a list of all the amazing sweet that are sold there.
Mr Robins then set us the challenge of inventing a new product that could be sold there. We had to think of what magical powers the product would give the person who ate it and what it would be called.
We had good fun making these up and some of ideas really made us laugh.
After creating them, we decided that if they were a new product we would need to advertise them, so we created posters that could go on the side of a bus shelter or on a wall - persuading people to go to HoneyDukes and buy one.
Below is an image of our wonderful wands that we created during our creative curriculum day. We also wrote some descriptions of them and tried to persuade people to buy them using persuasive language.
We decided that if Hogwarts was the best school for wizardry then it needed to publicise itself to attract the best students. Therefore, we decided to write a prospectus for it, so following a lot of research online, we decided what sections to add and included persuasive sentences to give as much detail as possible.
Below is just a small sample of our finished work.
A Troll Loose in Hogwarts
We watched a clip from the film where a troll manages to get out of the dungeon in Hogwarts and decided to write a newspaper report, recounting the events. We had to include as many of the facts as we could and imagine who we would interview if we were the reporter on the ground. The use of speech marks for direct quotes were used and we tried our best to include some fronted adverbials and really descriptive adjectives.