Our adventure began when we received a letter from an Italian man called Gino.
Wanting to help Gino, we decided to learn as much as we could about Italy. Rather than just find the facts in a book, we had to hunt around school - inside and out - to find envelopes containing the facts and match them to the subheading when we got them back to class.
Using our new found knowledge, we created our own 'Italian Snapshot' so we would have a place to find these key facts if we needed them later in the adventure.
Gino's letter told us of how an earthquake damaged his hotel so we decided to learn all about earthquakes so we could understand why the damage occured and possibly how to prevent it happening again. We completed two Burn 2 Learns: one to match parts of the earthquake to the diagram and the other to join the world's tectonic plates together to show where earthquakes occur.
Before writing an explanation about earthquakes, we had to learn some of the terminology so, using a burn 2 learn, we created a glossary by matching the terms to their meanings. During this task though, we were interrupted by the song we are learning this half term - Pompeii by Bastille - at which point we had to stop matching and start moving around the classroom.
We then wrote a brief explanation about what an earthquake is so that Gino could display it on his website with tips about how to stay safe in the unlikely event another earthquake occured.
For the next part of the adventure, we had to step into the shoes of a real Italian and learn the language! We learned that the locals of Pompeii found it quite rude when tourists didn't even try to use the native language. We thought Gino could offer this as an activity for tourists or have a handy card for his visitors
to learn from.
First we had to match the English words to the Italian.
Then, using simple Italian phrases, we imagined a conversation that the tourists might have with the locals of Pompeii.
We then learned that something which Gino is very famous for is the food he has prepared in his hotel restaurant over the years - especially his pizza! After all, his hotel is just outside Naples, where pizza was first created.
Gino asked for our help in promoting his restaurant by writing some TripAdvisor reviews for him! He also gave us the opportunity to try some of his amazing Italian food so we knew what authentic food was. We tried mozzarella, basil, tomato and bruschetta with olive oil.
After writing the reviews, Gino was so impressed hat he allowed us into his kitchen to make some of the pizzas that make him so well-known. We followed his recipes to make pizzas from scratch, both the base and the sauce. They were delicious!
Gino then asked kindly if we would write some instructions for how to make pizzas to offer to guests to take home with them.