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Golden ticket to learning

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The challenges of delivering creative and engaging teaching and learning activities during COVID-19 has been shared by all teaching staff nationwide.

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At Nazareth Catholic Community Findon campus, Year 3 teachers have taken learning to a new level this term, converting their shared break out space into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

On arrival on the first day of the term, each child was handed a golden ticket upon entry to the classroom, where they were treated to a chocolate fountain, lolly and chocolate wallpaper, hanging lollipops, Wonka bars, fizzy lifting drinks, everlasting gobstoppers and of course, Willy Wonka himself.

“Building on the students’ literacy curriculum, where they are reading Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, our team has integrated the novel into almost all other curriculum areas,” said teacher Olivia Abarno.

“Royal Show bags are being designed in Design and Technology, book reviews for English, money and budgeting for Mathematics, and of course, moral decision-making in Religion, which, remember, was the crux of the Golden Ticket competition (in the book),” said Tracey Fawkes.

This isn’t the first time the team, including Stephen Crook, Isabel Mansfield, Olivia Abarno and Tracey Fawkes, has been inspired to deliver an ingenious curriculum.

In Term 2 their breakout space was converted to Narnia – from C.S Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, complete with wardrobe doors and fur coats on entry, snowflakes, lamppost and Mr Tumnus’ house.

“It’s really about creating something that engages our students in their learning when there is so much going on in the world around them” said Stephen.

Teachers Stephen Crook (Wonka), Tracey Fawkes and Olivia Abarno.

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