Pupils at Wheatfield Primary School in Winnersh found themselves in royal company when Princess Elsa from smash-hit film Frozen paid a visit to their classroom.
The unlikely royal visitor came as part of a project on the topic ‘Do Dragons Exist?’ in which pupils studied the legendary creatures, the history of knights and castles, and also some of the creatures’ real-life cousins, such as the Indonesian lizard the Komodo dragon.
Although studies had been on-going for some time, the excitement was turned up a notch when one morning at assembly, the children were told that Dan the Dragon had kidnapped Princess Elsa – and it was time for them to put their studies into action to try and solve the mystery. “We left a series of clues for them to follow, and they had to write notes to Elsa to let them know what they were doing to try and rescue her,” said Assistant Head Teacher Tamara Brown.
“They had to work together and use their knowledge to work out how they could find her, and they learnt about the knights’ code of honour – we even drew up our own code of conduct, which they all had to sign up to, before they were knighted at assembly, and then to round things off Princess Elsa appeared to thank the children for their hard work and to let them know she was safe.”
Perhaps inevitably, the finale was a mass singing of Frozen’s hit song ‘Let It Go’, before the children went on their way with an exciting story to retell at home. “It’s a wonderful way to catch their imagination and draw them into a subject,” said Mrs Brown.
“These kind of topics never seem to go out of fashion with children, and it’s a really effective way of helping them to learn. And should they ever encounter a real-life dragon, then they now know exactly what to do!”
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