Sharing ideas and all things ICT… I am a Y2 teacher, AHT, ICT subject leader and mum

Night watchman hats – check, map of museum – check, controller – check, let’s explore further!

Once again, the children donned the night watchman hats to play the Wii game.  They think it adds to the atmosphere if they wear the hats whilst playing – and who am I to argue?  The game, as the children are discovering is getting progressively harder in that time limits, challenges, baddies to avoid and places to get to are now the aim of the game. The environment that is being provided is still a stimulating one as the children find out that there is much more to being a night watchman than they first imagined.  These feelings and thoughts have come in very useful when devising job adverts for an additional night watchman to work alongside Larry!  The children were careful not to ‘give the game away’ by revealing the ‘magic’ that happens in their adverts.  They simply made statements such as “must like history”, “enjoy learning about the exhibits” and “must ensure that all the windows and doors remain locked”.

It has become the usual routine to watch/play the game and then write.  By doing this, the excitement of both can be maximised.  The homework this week was based around researching a historical character from the game (which can be viewed in detail on the children’s blog http://bowoodclass.wordpress.com). This will form the basis of our infommercials planned for the forthcoming week or so (greenscreen technology permitting!!)

In the meanwhile, my hope is that the children continue to enjoy the work and the learning that is happening in Bowood Class.  My Y5s (if their comments are anything to go by)  are raring to continue this exciting journey.  Below is the current display of this topic including the non-chronological reports (tour guides) and Akmenrah’s Tablet complete with ingots as in the game and film.  The children used modroc and gold paint to create the centrepiece.

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Comments on: "Night at the Museum (Wii) Part 3" (2)

  1. This looks really interesting. Our LEA are running a story writing competition one of the themes is a museum visit. You’ve got me thinking whether I could do a starter with my Y6 writing club with Wii to get them going. Did you need to play the game and know it first?

  2. Thanks for your comment. I would highly recommend Night at the Museum as a stimulus for story writing. The immersive environment within the game allows the children to experience what it is like in a museum (they can activate audiotours, explore exhibits and walk around several different museums). The film itself could be used as a visual literacy stimulus for writing but the game is particularly good at evoking an atmosphere by placing the child inside the museum and experiencing it first hand. It is helpful to have played the first part of the game but playing the game is not the reason it is used – the stimulating environment it provides is the primary use. Have a look at the previous posts on this topic for any other ideas. I’ll be very interested to hear about your progress.

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