Primary pupils at William Hulme’s Grammar School have been taking part in a variety of activities as part of United Learning’s Spirit of Rio festival, including creating their own ‘virtual torch relay’ video.
A teacher at the school, Ms Shah, describes the experience:
“I first heard about the Spirit of Rio cultural and sporting festival when the Head of Primary Phase, Mrs Schouten, sent us a link from United Learning and encouraged us to get involved.
“I was inspired by the video sent by the United Learning Partnership Team to do a school video for the virtual torch relay. The whole Primary Phase got involved which was really special because we are moving into a new building in September and some of the classes will be split – I thought this would be a great memento for us too. Each class had a part to ‘rap’ and they were soon in the spirit of it all. The video was a huge success thanks to all the wonderful staff who gave up some of their teaching time to practice and ‘get down’ with their class!
“As a class, we also used the fantastic Paul Cookson’s poetry pack to write our own poems about the Olympics, which was great fun. The children were really engaged and loved the idea of learning from Paul Cookson, especially as he is a regular visitor to our school.
“The children have learnt a lot about Brazil and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They were inspired to learn more after doing the video and, once they got the Olympic ‘bug’, there was no stopping them. They had tons of questions and I let them lead their own learning by working in groups to write down the questions and use the internet to help answer them.
“It has been a fantastic learning experience for my class and, as a whole school, they have been introduced to the Rio Olympics and Paralympics in a really creative and inspiring way.
“We are now looking forward to the next project!”