Mantle of the Expert is an approach to education that uses imaginary contexts to generate purposeful and engaging activities for learning. It uses a range of drama techniques to immerse children into the fictional context and so all of the learning activities have a purpose.
Squirrel class (Y2/3) have become a nature documentary film crew and have received an important commission from the BBC.
Reception and Year 1 2021
Percy's Park Keepers:
Following a huge storm in his park, Percy the Park Keeper advertised for some additional park keepers to help him out. The children became his team, caring for and rehoming injured animals and birds they found. They also helped to clear out the pond, resulting in the return of the amphibian population. During their day to day running of the park, one of the park keepers spotted a gruffalo. This resulted in much consideration about what was to be done. In the end, the park keepers decided to catch and talk to the gruffalo, after which it was agreed that it could stay in the park in a cave. Having restored the park to it's former glory, and solved the gruffalo problem, the park keepers' job was done.
The children learnt of a (fictional) Polynesian island called Honu Island (Turtle Island). The local people were concerned that they hadn't seen any turtles on the island for the past decade. The children became Turtle Watch - they tracked turtle behaviour and considered why the island was no longer a suitable habitat for the turtles. They looked at beach and ocean habitats, and at human and physical features of the island.
Year 4 2021