Last term Bigfoot South ran a ‘wizard’ of a World Book Day writing competition on the theme of ‘Mystical Characters’, with schools entering from across Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight. And the winner? None other than 10-year-old Abi Dutson who entered her story about ‘a magical sword with a person trapped inside [and a] group of friends who discover the sword and try to release the mystery prisoner.’
Teacher and English co-ordinator, Amy Cooper, opened the competition to children in Year 4, 5 and 6 after seeing it on Facebook. Amy said: ‘We’re so proud of Abi. There has been a buzz around the school and hopefully it will help inspire the children with their creative writing.’
So, with Professor Snape patrolling the corridors, Hogwarts props and backdrops decorating the walls, and young wizards casting spells learnt in special potion making workshops, Morelands Primary School was transformed into Hogwarts for the day!
A massive Harry Potter fan, Abi arrived for the Harry Potter themed day dressed as her favourite character, Hermione Granger. Abi said “I’ve read all the books and seen every movie. I really didn’t expect to win but today has been brilliant fun – particularly the potion-making lesson. It has really been like being part of Hogwarts.”
In addition to providing the resources to create Hogwarts in Abi’s school, Bigfoot provided specialist actors (our Bigfooters in disguise!) to take on the roles of the characters from the book. Professor Snape, aka Callan Durrant, said: ‘The main aim is to have fun but it’s also about inspiring children’s imagination and love of literature.
Snot potions, Poly-juice, lessons in ‘Expecto Patronum’, and morphing into cats and dogs, were just a few of the subjects on the timetable for the children of Morelands Primary School!
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