Yvonne McBlain was delighted to return to class 2 in the Timezone at Maddiston Primary School to find out how their “Castles” storyline had gone. Heather Garland teaches class 2 and has outlined this project below:
“Attending the fantastic storyline course provided me with an excellent opportunity to learn how to progress to the next stage of storyline with children with additional support needs. Yvonne provided valuable advice and together we were able to plan a storyline which gave the pupils more of a leading role than previously carried out. My class embraced this opportunity and provided fantastic work in a variety of curriculum areas. This interdisciplinary approach allowed children to be creative in a variety of ways from role play (Battle of Bannockburn) through to story writing using the characters they created. It allowed scope for inclusion and all pupils were engaged and worked extremely hard producing work of a very high standard. It was lovely to have parents into our class for our celebration which consisted of a feast in mainstream and then showing our film, stories and all our other work to parents. I am very proud of Class 2 in the Timezone. Well Done everyone!”
Heather adapted a tried and trusted storyline called “There was a princess long ago” to engage her pupils really effectively in their learning. It was wonderful to watch the video of the children re-enacting the Battle of Bannockburn at the site of the Bruce memorial. Below are comments from pupils:
Mala – Writing my story.
Mollie – Being a princess in the battle and writing in pen.
Jamie B – The battle…knights and swords.
Jaimie – Going in the castle and learning to fight.
Parents also gave feedback on their children’s storyline work:
“It was a very interesting, informative and enjoyable afternoon.”
“ From acting to editing I thought it was fab.”
“It was an absolute privilege to attend and watch the castles project work. I was blown away by the outstanding commitment, attention to detail and effort from staff and pupils alike. The delight on Lewis’s face will stay with me forever.”