A lesson in wand waving

The once struggling Robert Mellors Primary School in Nottinghamshire has made a dramatic turnaround thanks to the magic of Harry Potter. Teachers and pupils at the school dress up as characters from the Harry Potter books, chant spells and wave their wands shouting ‘numerus subtracticus’ at maths lessons. Pupils are divided into the different Hogwarts houses – Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. . 

Crazy? Sure is, but it works! The school went from being in the bottom 25 per cent of all schools to the top 25 per cent and received a glowing Ofsted report.The Harry Potter theme is carried through all subjects. In English the kids write their own Harry Potter stories; in science they’re asked to think about how Harry Potter might use the chemical reactions they learnt about on his enemies; and in PE they hop on and off imaginary broomsticks.

These unorthodox teaching methods allow pupils to be creative and really be engaged in what they are learning, apparently. And they love it!  Just watch out for those little tinkers in Slytherin…

(Image: from Matt Watts’ flickr stream)

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