Special Edition - Harry Potter Trip!
On the last day of term, Class 4 children enjoyed a fantastic trip to Harry Potter World. This was to support work carried out in class on our text 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and it was a truly awe-inspiring day.
We were very fortunate to take part in a special workshop led by Anne and Rebecca, specialist script writers. Using props from the real film, they took the children on a learning journey of how a story becomes transformed into a script and then a film or play. The children learnt about how a story can be broken down into different sections, such as the 'hook', 'mid-point' and 'resolution'. The hook creates questions in a story and means that we need to read on or watch more to answer those questions. The mid-point in the first Harry Potter book is when Harry finds out about the philosophers stone and how it makes the drinker immortal. Plot point two is the battle or conflict and occurs when Harry meets Voldemort, the children learnt. Then the resolution is the last part when usually everything ends happily! The children were shown props by Anne as she recited Dumbledore's important line - "A change of decoration is in order!"
The children were so excited when they were handed real props from the film to use in their groups as inspiration for their own stories. Choosing their genre first (and donning the all important white gloves which were necessary for handling such important, rare items), the children planned and delivered their own fantastic stories to Anne, Rebecca and the rest of the class. Our excitement heightened when we were then shown many of the real costumes worn on set. The children learnt that Voldemort's costume was made from silk imported from France and that it was sewn in pieces to represent his fragmented soul. Anne explained that the colour of the material had been altered carefully during the series of films, with the fabric changing to represent his increasing power during the books.
The children loved learning facts during the lesson, such as Luna Lovegod's dress, which took a whole month to make and - as it was in the shape of a Christmas tree - actually contained real tinsel! We learnt that Dumbledore's silk costume was adorned with silver buttons, as silver (in ancient Greece) was actually more important and valuable that gold. It's colour purple also represented royalty to display Dumbledore's importance and status. Finally, Dumbledore has Irish ancestry (so J.K Rowling revealed to costume designers) so they embroidered tiny Celtic patterns into the costume too, which couldn't be see always on camera but we were able to witness close up on the day!
After our amazing lesson, we then began the tour of Harry Potter World and I could not have been more proud of how the children conducted themselves during the day. There was so much to see and do and I think it is fair to say that we packed an awful lot in! Wandering the cobbled steps of Diagon Alley; staring at the wallpaper of number 4 Privet Drive; sitting on a green screen broomstick; and being spooked by the enormous spiders in the Forbidden Forest were just a few of the moments which left us all feeling like we had truly become submerged in J.K Rowling's wonderful world of Harry Potter.
Thank you so much ,on behalf of the children and myself, to all of the parents and to Mrs Driscoll for ensuring that this was one english lesson which we shall never, ever forget! Miss Clark