Enchanted Kingdom/ Africa Immersion – Making a dent in the universe with Microsoft

Having already spent a term studying Africa, Year 5 became the experts leading workshops around the school and educating the children of Simon de Senlis on areas including: African Art, dance, cooking, Story Whooshing (drama), Geography of Africa and Learning Swahili.

Through immersion for Enchanted Kingdom, Year 5 were exposed to different viewpoints, perceptions and stereotypes associated with this area of the world. As part of this, a survey was sent around to the school on OneNote for children to complete in classes. They were asked a range of questions and asked for the majority view. Having this on OneNote allowed all classes to contribute to the survey and have one place for Year 5 children to analyse the results together. (see appendix 1) Once collected, the year group used Excel Online (through O365) to create pie charts and bar charts before summarising their findings. This made it easier to compare and contrast different questions and collate the mode data. (see appendix 2)

Most people at Simon de Senlis school think that Africa is

  • Mainly a desert
  • Consists of mainly people with black skin
  • People are poor
  • They don’t have much fun
  • They are all farmers and workers
  • Children play with animals all day
  • They don’t live in houses like us

Having looked at Africa in detail for 6 weeks, the children recognised a problem and soon started to become passionate about changing people’s perception. Quite rightly one child pointed out that not all English people live in Buckingham palace and drink tea. After an in depth discussion, many believed this opinion was down to the adverts seen on TV, appeals and articles. It became clear that although the children of Einstein and Dyson class were well aware of the positives Africa has and the many diverse opportunities available, this is not widely shown to the public. After hours of ideating, synthesising and questioning, it has become clear that we need to offer a way of showcasing all of these aspects of the continent and presenting it in a different light. The work carried out so far is completely child led and driven by their passion and desire to learn and educate others. Over the next three weeks they will take a different aspect of the survey and produce an Office Mix in the form of a tourist brochure and narrating throughout based on the information they have discovered. Linked in with the ‘Alien Sands’ this will also guide them through the world of the desert and the many discoveries there.

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