Inspiration Days are day-long adventures designed to inspire pupils to engage with major Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 projects from the new Curriculum.
“Children are highly motivated by this type of learning and in numerous cases, children who are usually quite hard to reach, engaged fully in their learning for the first time.”
- Juliette Jackson, Executive Head of four primary schools
Reception-Year 1: Space/Alien Egg
Pupils find a large, strange egg in the playground and care for Nanoo, the alien who hatches from it!
Curriculum links: Science, space, materials, speaking & listening, caring for others, singing & dance.
Reception-Year 1: Fossils/Dinosaur Dig
Passionate-but-useless fossil seekers need pupils help to unearth an array of real dinosaur fossils.
Curriculum links: Science, letter writing, speaking & listening, dinosaurs, singing & dance.
Year 1-2: Fire of London
Pupils use a Time Machine to send messages back in time to Thomas Farriner, assuring him that London survived the fire and he is forgiven for starting it.
Curriculum links: History, persuasive writing, group writing, speaking & listening & drama.
This Inspiration Day can also be adapted to focus on WW2 and London Landmarks.
Years 2-3: Chocolate Inventors
Having run out of ideas, Chocolate Imaginators arrive at school and recruit pupils to design extraordinary new chocolate bars. Pupils experiment with molten chocolate and real ingredients before creating ad campaigns for their creations.
Curriculum links: Science, persuasive writing, speaking & listening, singing and drama.
Year 3: Unexpected Archaeologists - Romans
Two amateur archaeologists lead an excavation outside where the pupils dig and discover a Stone/Bronze/Iron Age hoard.
Curriculum links: History, writing, speaking & listening, singing and drama
This Inspiration Day can also be adapted to focus on Roman artifacts.
Year 4: The Lost Australians - Natural Disasters
Pupils undertake natural disaster survival-training from two lost Australians who are supposed to be training children in Australia. Can pupils convincingly ‘become Australian’ and save the trainers’ jobs?
Curriculum links: Geography, fact-finding, script writing, signing and drama.
Year 5: Alfred The Great Time Capsule
An ancient chest buried by King Alfred is discovered, telling the story of his reign. Pupils write speeches and create their own Time Capsule about their lives for future generations to unearth.
Curriculum links: History, letter writing, speech writing, speaking & listening.
Year 5-6: Lost Gods
Zeus sends Apollo and Aphrodite to ‘relaunch’ the Greek Gods in the modern world. Pupils help create marketing campaigns & TV ads to achieve this.
Curriculum links: History, song writing, persuasive writing, speaking & listening and drama.
Note – this can be adapted to cover other ancient civilizations studied such as Romans, Ancient Egyptians & Mayans.
Pupils discover an old WW1 Kitbag belonging to a soldier, Private Jack Brigham. They create a presentation about the soldier’s life to present to Jack’s grandchild who visits to collect the bag.
Curriculum links: History, poetry writing, speaking & listening and reading comprehension.
“The ‘Inspiration Days’ are a really effective means of creating memorable and exciting learning experiences without having to travel outside the school. They will never forget what they learned on these magical days.” Head Teacher