Adventures in Learning that use commonly-used core texts as stimulus with activities exploring the themes of the book. A character from the book makes unexpected contact with the class and sends regular messages to introduce a range of activities over 4-6 weeks. (Projects can be delivered intensively in a shorted period if required.) Messages are delivered by KIT’s writers, but activities are designed alongside teachers, responding to existing lesson plans, literacy strategies and driving towards their wider teaching aims. A live finale event takes place with the character unexpectedly visiting the school to complete their mission.
Existing Text-based Adventures:
Rec: Dinosaur in My School by Timothy Knapman
Professor Memo has used a Time Machine to travel to the time of the dinosaurs, but has got herself into a spot of both. Children receive regular video updates and send messages to help the Professor with dinosaur survival.
Linked to Dinosaur topic
Year 1: Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway
Lila sends pupils intriguing parcels containing copies of the book, a letter describing her life in Kenya, objects from home and ingredients to make traditional food. Children write letters back to Lila and create displays to explain about their life before cooking using Lila’s ingredients… and is unexpectedly joined by Lila herself to enjoy the feast!
Linked to Kenya and All About Me topic
Year 2: A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino
Upon discovering the diary of Thomas Farriner which explains he is devastated about the fire he started destroying London, pupils use a Time Machine to send messages back in time, assuring him that London survived, introducing modern London and confirming that he is forgiven for accidentally starting the fire...
Linked to Fire of London topic
Year 3: The Promise by Nicola Davies
Emma, the grown-up character from the book, who is now a conservationist explains that a park near the school is going to have flats built on it... Pupils creatively campaign and participate in a debate with the developer to save the green space.
Linked to Nature topic
Year 4: Varjack Paw by S.F Said
Jasmine the kitten, Varjak’s wayward cousin, has been cat-napped: trapped in a room with a lone computer. Jasmine has watched and learned how to use email and sends pupils an SOS message. Over 6 interactive, cross-curricular episodes pupils work together to help Jasmine escape and reunite with Varjak.
Cross-curricular project covering elements of English, Geography, Maths & PE curriculum.
Year 5: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
An ancient chest buried by King Alfred is discovered buried in the school grounds, filled with Anglo Saxon treasures and containing a scroll which tells the story of his reign. Pupils investigate the Anglo-Saxon objects and write heroic speeches before creating and burying their own Time Capsule about their lives for future archaeologists to unearth.
Linked to Anglo Saxon topic
Year 5: The Odyssey by Homer
Zeus has joined Twitter posting adverts looking for children to help him rebrand and relaunch the Ancient Greeks and Greek gods for the 21st Century. Once Zeus is in contact with the class, he sets them a number of challenges ranging from updating myths to participating in their own modern Olympics.
Linked to the Ancient Greeks
Year 6: Goodnight Mr. Tom by Micehlle Amgorian
Year 6 are given the task of looking through lost property… and unexpectedly discover a weather-beaten suitcase full of items belonging to an evacuee child from WW2. Can they trace the evacuee child (now a much older person!) and reunite the suitcase with its original owner?
Linked to WW2 topic
All the projects above were originally developed with teachers. Please contact us if you would like to work with KIT to develop a new Text-Based Adventure: