Year 6 at Belle Vue Primary School have just started a brand new topic of ‘Magic, Mystery and Mayhem’ based around the computer game Myst 3. The ideas, originally spread by Tim, have really helped my year partner and I to plan and deliver an inspiring thematic topic . So far it has got our children hooked as well as helping to develop their literacy skills!
We started off with a mysterious chest that arrived in one of the classrooms – we had to solve a series of puzzles and problems to find the key. Once we opened the chest we discovered a strange book named ‘Tomahna’ (one of the lands in the game) and a revealing letter from a wizard named Atrus …
So far the children have:
*Recounted their experiences (every children has been happy to write at length)
*Used Atrus’ journals to refine their inference and deduction skills
*Written letters to Atrus – full of questions!
*Developed and performed their own theme music to accompany the games intro video
* Used the opening scene of the game to inspire their descriptive writing
* Designed and made magical door based around the one on Atrus’ balcony
* Used what they have experienced so far to create powerpoint presentations and art work
And that’s from just over two weeks!
Children and staff are all looking forward to seeing where the mystery takes us next…
Tom Holder – Belle Vue Primary School
(Thank you for this Tom ~ We love the fact that you, and your class, have done SO much without moving too far in the game ~ infact, most of it BEFORE YOU EVEN WENT THROUGH THE DOOR Nice one! Your approach is so imaginative, it is no wonder that it has engaged your pupils so fully. Well done indeed for everything. Tim)
Here are Adam and Grace’s thoughts, so far:
Today was not a normal day…As we came back from assembly,which seemed to go on forever, we came back to find an intriguing box. At first, we curiously scurried into Mrs Hopkin’s room to see what all the fuss was about. Then we stumbled across an old, ancient treasure chest. Whose was it?! (Drrr-drr-drrrrrrrrr!)
There was a strange, tatty note attached to this wondrous sight that read: ‘find me and I’m yours to keep, fish me out from the murky deep.’After a while, after we all stopped staring, we finally decided to read the note. As swift as an arrow, Elliot darted out of Mrs H’s classroom & sprinted across the playground, leading us on a wild goose chase.
Whilst Elliot was looking for it, we all decided to split up and look individually but the teachers called us over to say “don’t rush and think carefully!” We finally thought it over and realised we needed to search around the pond. Eventually we found a key in a box floating in the dirty pond water …
When we got back to the classroom and unlocked the chest we found a big book called ‘Tomahna’ (we felt excited to read it but it was locked too!) Also, we found another note and not only that, we found a secret code to solve and clues to help us. Afterwards we had to search for different codes to crack the code to find the key.It was quite a challenge and we had to have a lot of team work!
After we had all the cards to crack the codes and we cracked it! The sheets read…Hi children so I see you can work in a team!
Next came a letter saying that he was the wonder who had been doing all of these challenges was called Atrus and he was a powerful wizard… It was he who was setting us all the challenges and wanted to see if we were worthy enough and if Atrus could trust us. We read that Atrus wanted us to go on a quest to go in to TOMAHNA his mythical world.
Grace: I thought it has been a very interesting day and I have really enjoyed it!
Adam:I also enjoyed it just as much as every pupil in year 6 it was great fun!
Here is Corben’s reflective piece of decriptive narrative based on his experiences:
Surprised and shocked, perplexed and mystified, I arrived in Tohmana…
Above my head as swift as an arrow, an Eagle circled around the serrated mountains. As I cautiously stepped forward to get a better view my hand touched the ice cold handrail furthermore I could hear the tune of the wind forcing the wind chimes to sing and the leaves to dance. The wind was trying to cool down the dessert but the blazing sun was too over powering. I thought to myself “is anybody here?”
When I stepped back to catch my breath, the great green leaves caught my eye. Managing to survive the pain caused by the sun they kept hanging there. In the corner of my eye I could see the bench lying sweating because of the great ball of fire hanging in the sky. The pane of glass made a kaleidoscope of colours as a streak of light warmed up the cobbled pavement.
Around the corner was Catherine acting as springy trampoline for baby Yeesha. Unnoticeably the sand and dust filled my nose blocking out the aroma of the beautiful flowers. In the background mountains were daggers sticking out of the ground. Also it was as if the leaves were water trickling down a fountain.
Cautiously I turned my head to see a mysterious door engraved with magnificent patterns standing there waiting to be opened. Trees like guards were protecting the magic door. I decided to put the door out of its misery and opened it …
By Corben Shaw – 6T Belle Vue Primary School