Spook's Apprentice Workshops

Activity

Input of lesson

(including S&L opportunities)

Independent Work

(including differentiated activities, role of support/teacher)

Plenary

Extending Narrative

 

 

 

Introduce the work of a Spook.

Explain his role and how he can’t go on forever – he needs a successor.

But successor must be the 7th son of a 7th son – rumoured to have mystical powers.

Introduce Tom – the apprentice

How can you test him to see if he has the bravery?

Ask children how you could do this?

Generate the answer – to test him somewhere scary – this is what he does.

Read Chapter 3 – Watery Lane.

Stop at the moment Spook Gregory leaves Tom.

Reiterate in character the importance of descriptive language (‘bad doesn’t scare me’) proper nouns need capital letters (‘I need to know it’s a monster and I can only tell if it has a capital letter ‘) and a variety of punctuation for suspense (commas, elipses etc).

Children to extend the narrative by describing what is down in the cellar.

Writing to be done in pairs.

H/A to include speech

L/A to storyboard

Listen to a selection of the children’s writing.

Read the beginning of the next chapter to reveal what is down there.

Instructional Writing

Introduce the concept of a Blood Cake.

Don’t describe the contents but tell them it has dark magic which can give powers to witches.

Children in fours to describe what could be in that cake.

Part of the training is to know how you make a Blood Cake so you can recognise one?

How would you recognise it?

Children to think of foul smelling adjectives.

Spook to tell the class he wants simple language – not fussy!

Over elaborate description can confuse.

Children in pairs to write a recipe and give instructions on how to make the cake.

Review some of the recipes.

Children to read them in an evil tone.

Writing Plays and Persuasive Writing

Read Chapter 6 – The Girl with the Pointy Shoes

Explain how Tom made his mistake by following up with Chapter 8 – Mother Malkin.

Ask children to discuss if Tom was wrong?

Take answers on whether he was weak or kind?

Spook to set task – (20 mins)

In threes children to play Tom, Alice and Mother Malkin.

Scene 1 – Alice persuading Tom to take the cakes.

Scene 2 – Tom about to give Alice the cakes but having second thoughts – Alice and mother Malkin persuading him.

Will he give the cakes? Up to the group.

Spook to set task – (20 mins)

In threes children to play Tom, Alice and Mother Malkin.

Scene 1 – Alice persuading Tom to take the cakes.

Scene 2 – Tom about to give Alice the cakes but having second thoughts – Alice and mother Malkin persuading him.

L/A – to have a scribe.

Rest independent.

 

 

Children to act out their plays

With the Spook giving feedback.

Argumentative Writing

Give the headline – Alice Deane Arrested for Witchery!

Give some facts about witches – The Malevolent,  The Benign, The Falsely Accused and The Unaware.

Describe all of these arguing that she could be any one of these.

Give out facts

1)    Alice is a member of the Deane Clan and relatives include Mother Malkin, her aunts Agnes Sowerbutts and Bony Lizzy

2)   She is 13 years old

3)   She has no record of witchery or practising dark magic

Give out pros

1)    She was forced to fool Tom by Bony Lizzy

2)   She felt guilty as Mother Malkin escaped

3)   She has shown signs of liking Tom and could be turned 100% good

Give cons

1)    She has been in a witch clan since she was born (13 years of conditioning)

2)   She put people’s lives at risk

3)   She obviously can’t decide right from wrong

Set task

Witchfinders to decide fate

Finish off day with some of the way witches were tested.

Children split into 6 groups

2 x prosecutors

2 x defence

2 x Alice

Children to have 15 minutes deciding arguments.

20 minute trial

 

Verdict given

Planning by Steve Delaney (BAQTS)

-      Qualified Primary School Teacher with fully enhanced CRB disclosure

For details how these activities can be presented by a real life spook at your school, please contact Steve Delaney on email: stevedelaney1971@gmail.com