Thorpe House enjoyed a day of Star Wars fun yesterday in celebration of May the Fourth Be With You, an unofficial holiday celebrating the George Lucas film franchise. Mr Ayres, who has been a fan of the films since he was a boy, saw it as an exciting opportunity to get the boys excited about learning:
‘To keep boys interested in learning, it’s essential you engage them in what you are teaching, and whilst maths or science might not be everyone’s cup of tea, you can tailor your lessons in such a way that enthuses them about a subject that they might otherwise find uninspiring. In the run up to May the 4th, I challenged my staff to come up with exciting Star Wars themed lesson plans which they did admirably. The feedback from staff, boys and parents has been incredibly positive, so much so that we have already announced Star Wars Day episode 2!’
Dressed as their favourite Star Wars character the boys enjoyed, amongst other lessons: a debate in English about who was more evil, Darth Vader or Kylo Ren, in French they translated famous Star Wars quotes (que la force soit avec toi à jamais), in science they discussed why Darth Vader breathes the way he does (he suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) followed by an experiment looking at the outcomes of breathing using respirometers and in history, they talked about the imagery of the Third Reich in the Force Awakens films.
Mr Ayres held a ‘stop motion’ film lesson using his vintage Star wars figures, Pre-Prep designed space ships and monsters, flew coke bottle rockets, wrote films and even had Star Wars themed music lessons. The PE Department held pod races and even the lunch menu was Jedi themed complete with Death Stars carved out of melons.