Here at Titchfield Primary School, we think it’s really important that the pupils have a say in what they are learning about.
We brainstorm what they are interested in.
They can see how their ideas are linked.
They become more involved and motivated to want to learn at school.
So this term, our Year 2 children decided they wanted to learn about monsters.
It stemmed from the children collecting Moshi Monsters.
From then on they started to brainstorm ideas of what they wanted to learn and find out.
They designed and painted their own monsters and wrote descriptions about what they were like.
A lot of them have created their own monsters from junk modelling.
And it culminated in the children helping to build their own seven-foot class monster.
I built the structure and they decorated it afterwards.
And the classroom is decorated with the monsters that they have created and painted themselves.
To keep them interested in the topic, we planted a hairy toe in the school grounds, which belongs to a monster.
The children have to work out who it might belong to.
We are also doing a monster dance to Monster by The Automatic.
Hopefully we are going to perform it to our parents to share our learning with everyone.
We are linking this to topics across the curriculum, so as well as English, it covers design and technology and art. We are doing some story writing as well.
We are quite boy-heavy here so if we can find a topic to motivate them then that helps them to learn even more.
The topic of monsters really motivates and inspires them.
They become more creative with their ideas.
It opens up a lot of possibilities.
There are a lot of storybooks that we are using to teach them too.
There are lots of monster books out there.
It’s for their imagination and creativity.
There was a lot of team work in terms of building the class monster.
They have loved it, particularly finding the hairy toe. They have performed part of the story around it to the whole assembly.
We have even had some children from different year groups with pictures of who they think it belongs to.
So it involves the other children within the school as well which is brilliant.