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@ A E Harris, 1st - 19th March, 18.30 & 20.30 (running time 70min)
(no perfs. Sundays or Mondays)

Billesley Primary School
9th - 13th December, 2013

We took a few of our many boxes of Scalextric to work with Year 6 to help them develop their confidence in speaking and their use of creative and descriptive language both written and verbal. There was some mathematics thrown in too.

The first day was spent organising a spectacular Scalextric race day for later in the week. The classes organised themselves into teams and came up with suitably exciting names and eye catching logos. We worked together to plan how the day should be organised; how long races could be, how we could ensure everyone had a go, how the winner would be decided and how points would be allocated. We then developed a timetable for the day to ensure that everything ran smoothly. The children then created leaflets and posters using persuasive language and colourful designs to advertise the event.

On the second day we listened to a range of different commentaries to think about how commentators describe events - their choice of language and how they use their voices to convey emotion. The children practised speaking in front of others by interviewing a partner and then reporting back their findings to the class. In small groups they then had a go at commentating on footage from a Formula 1 race using some of the imaginative descriptive language they had gathered earlier in the day.

The third day was practice day where teams had the chance to work out how they would organise themselves on race day. Of particular importance was planning how to get the cars back on the track! When not practising the children built scale models of buildings to decorate the track.

We spent Wednesday evening building a huge circuit in the gym and then Thursday was race day. One class raced in the morning, the second in the afternoon and the day culminated in a thrilling raced between the winning teams from each class. During the day different pairs commentated on the races while those watching were charged with writing reports designed to convey the excitment of the day.

On Friday the race reports were polished and recorded ready for broadcast on Billesley Primary School Radio later in the school year. We kept race fever going by building a track for the school Christmas Fayre which raised a massive 7.00 for school funds.

Led by: Craig Stephens and Jack Trow (with Rochi Rampal)
Photos: Ming De Nasty

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