Year 7 pupils at Rydal Penrhos got a visit from the creators of the Charlotte Holmes Adventure Box.
Before our wonderful Rydal Penrhos community broke up for the Christmas break, Year 7 pupils were treated to a special visit from a former teacher and creator of a popular children’s mystery and adventure series.
The youngest members of Senior School worked with English and Drama teacher Fiona Earle to explore the “Charlotte Holmes Adventure Box” over a seven-week period, which culminated in the visit of the author Ben Richards and his colleague Will Cousins to bring the adventure to its conclusion.
In the story, the adventure ends with a village fete and so of course we had to as well. Despite coronavirus, teacher Fiona Earle had devised “fete style” competitions for the pupils to take part in.
These included creating the strangest big vegetable, cake decorating and potato head design. Also, following the ideas in the activity box, the group held an “Unlucky” dip, followed by a luckier one; a tombola with Xmas treats to win; and then finally a free raffle, with a chance to win Charlotte’s items from the story.
The two guests then spent nearly an hour discussing their creation, answering plenty of questions from Year 7 and hearing their thoughts about the adventure mystery.
They discovered fascinating information about the way in which the story was developed and found out about the secret “swizzle” and how to create Mr Punch’s voice.
There was also a special treat for pupils ahead of the next edition of Charlotte’s Adventure Box, which is set to be released in the spring.
Mr Richards and Mr Cousins invited pupils to create an exciting story – full of action – about Charlotte and the people of Batley Hall and the winner of the story writing competition will have their name included in the next adventure!
This was all organised as a reward for the Year 7 group, who tackled this particular part of their learning with customary enthusiasm and determination.
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