Adventure 5: Pompeii Promotion
The adventure began with the children meeting Alan Sugar. He explained that he was looking for his next group of apprentices but thought children might offer more than the adults – as they weren’t up to much! He explained that his tourist company, Pompeii Promotion, needed them to help boost the numbers of tourists visiting Pompeii! The would have a range of challenges to take part in to try and make his company a huge success.
Before getting started on a task, they had to find out as much information about Italy and Pompeii as they could. They learnt about key countries in Europe that surround Italy, cities in Italy and some key facts like their flag, famous landmarks and well-known people.
They then started to look at trade links and how these are important for a countries success. They looked at them for around Europe before focussing in on Italy.
Now they had understood more about Italy, they started to look at geographical features of the country. They learnt that earthquakes and volcanoes can be common in some areas. When learning about earthquakes, they worked in their teams to pick out key information to present as a class – this is their first task! Which group would do the best job?
Next, using the information they had gathered, the children wrote a report so they could pass this information on to any interested tourists and so they would know what to do if an earthquake were to occur during their stay.
If they were going to attract people to Pompeii, the children would have to know about the famous eruption of Vesuvius that buried the city. After learning about volcanoes and what happened during each step of the devastating eruption, Willow wrote a newspaper report as if they were there.
A tourist destination is nothing without some good restaurants. Mr Sugar asked the children to improve the quality of the restaurants in the area so they began to learn about one of Italy’s most famous dishes: pasta. Before making their own pasta, Willow did some market research by creating a survey and asking some potential consumers questions about how they liked their pasta.
The children then made their pasta from scratch and asked some brave volunteers to taste it. They then received feedback before writing an evaluation of the whole process. The children then made their pasta from scratch and asked some brave volunteers to taste it. They then received feedback before writing an evaluation of the whole process.
To end the adventure, the children wrote adverts for their pasta meals.
In RE, we explored the key question is it important to know the differences between religions, cultures and race to be celebrated in our multi-faith society? The children used secondary sources to find out key information about religions so they could look at differences and similarities. They then explored the census to see the most and least popular religions.
Our song for this adventure is Pompeii by Bastille.