The children began the session researching the history of potions. They discovered that many potions were made for medicinal use or for a positive effect. The second part of the session was to concoct their own potion; first of all deciding what positive effect they wanted their potion to have, next was foraging in the nature land area for ingredients, finally adding the gruesome liquid and stirring the ingredients together to bind the spell.
The children have made an enthusiastic start to the 'Potions' topic.
The day began with a treasure hunt to work out the name of the book, film, play linked to the topic. Using the outdoor learning orienteering trail the children worked in small groups.
They used their map reading skills to find and read the clues and draw the corresponding picture. They then looked for the links between the quotations and the pictures to see if they recognised the plot, objects and characters.
Investigating instructions and packaging
The drink me scene of 'Alice in Wonderland' was used as a basis to investigate how imperative verbs are used on household packaging.
How did Alice know the potion was safe to drink? What would it do to her? Would there be any side effects?
The children searched the different packaging, identifying the instruction features and safety warnings used to make sure the product was used safely and sensibly.
The children then did some role play scenes.
They became the giant Alice who had already drank the potion and was too big for the room.
How could they persuade Alice to drink/not drink the potion?
Would it be safe to drink a drink with no safety label on?