Adventure 5: A Term at Hogwarts
When the children came into school after the Easter holidays, they had a surprise waiting for them: an envelope.
Inside they found an invitation to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After passing through the wall to Platform 9 3/4, they made their way to the great hall to be sorted into houses.
At the end of such an exciting day, the children each wrote a diary entry so they would never forget their amazing first day at Hogwarts.
On Friday afternoon, we grabbed our brooms and headed up to the field for an inter-house quidditch tournament. Each team had chasers who scored points by getting the quaffle through one of the goals. Meanwhile, beaters were trying to knock them off their brooms using bludgers. Finally, the seeker was responsible for trying to catch the golden snitch and win their team 150 house points!
After playing Quidditch, the children were tasked with designing and selling their own brand of broom.
Because the weather was so nice, we decided to take our lesson out into the wellbeing walk in as we designed the new brooms and brainstormed what features we could add to them.
After the children had designed and named their brooms, it was time to write a persuasive advert in order to convince other witches and wizards to buy the product.
Next, we watched the first big quidditch match of the season between Gryffindor and Slytherin. It turned out to be a very eventful game so we decided to write a newspaper report on the exciting event trying our best to convey the atmosphere of the crowd.
In Professor Snape's potions class, we had a chance to show off our brewing skills and create some very unique concoctions.
In order to help other students, we wrote a detailed set of instructions on how to make our potion.
We took a look at a WABOLL to see what not to do when writing our own instructions.
After writing the instructions, we did a long edit to make them even better. We looked at making the instructions more detailed and improving out concluding paragraph.
After our potions lesson, something terrible happened! One of Professor Snape's potions was stolen. As we had been nearby at the time and we had seen Draco Malfoy and one of his friends hanging around, Professor Dumbledore asked us to write an eyewitness account of the events.
While having breakfast in the Great hall, we noticed some terrifying news in the Daily Prophet: the ruthless criminal Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban prison! Soon wanted posters began popping up all around Hogwarts and we thought we could use these as inspiration for a bit of Andy Warhol inspired pop art.
In order to help the Ministry of Magic catch the fugitive, we decided to help use our skills at writing character descriptions to write a wanted poster describing Sirius Black and therefore helping people to spot him.
We received another letter from Professor Dumbledore saying they were considering allowing us to stay at Hogwarts permanently! To do this though, they would have to build a whole new house for us to stay in. Hagrid and Filch had drawn up the plans but had accidently magicked away all of the areas of each room. To help them out, we used our maths knowledge to help them calculate the area of each room in Hogwarts.
Harry Potter Theme Tune
In our Friday guitar lessons, we have begun to learn how to play the theme music from the Harry Potter films.
We have also been learning a magic themed song as park of our adventure.