Where’s Wally? was first published in 1987 by author and illustrator Martin Handford. The booked centred around the character Wally where readers were tasked in finding him amongst crowds of people in a variety of locations. Following the success of the original book there have been a further six Where’s Wally? books including Where’s Wally Now? in 1988.
In 1991, an animated Where’s Wally tv series aired. It was broadcast in a variety of countries and brought further attention to the character. Through the nineties, not only were more books published but Wally became the focus for a series of computer games.
As Wally is British character I believe this is great way to get students interested in British culture. As Wally is a travelling character I will be using his interest as an opportunity to show students different locations around Britain. Some of these places are of historical importance to Britain others are amazing iconic constructions. The students will learn about all this whilst learning new commonly used English words.
The aim from this topic is to not only extend the learners vocabulary with words they are likely to use often in English language but also to gain an understanding of our culture and geography. Using Where’s Wally to travel around Britain, teaching the students about well-known British places I aim to give them some prior knowledge about these locations so that if they visit Britain in the future they already have an awareness about certain points of interest.
From certain subjects, students will learn about jobs including performing arts, which will help students learn a new dance and art will look at two artistic roles that students can gain further interest in. Science will help them understand about the plant life around us and history will develop their knowledge in materials used for making things.
The first lesson will establish two key places within Britain that students will become familiar with whilst learning the difference between the two contrasting cities.
The first dialogue lesson will follow on from the first lesson and look at the places and geographical terms learnt in the in the previous lesson.
In this lesson the students will learn of a further two iconic cities and some of the points of interest within them.
The last lesson of geography is a dialogue lesson recapping the further two cities and geographical terms learnt.
The first lesson in maths focuses upon directional language that is commonly used to find places and shows how we might use it.
The first dialogue lesson will again focus on a compass and the four main directions it has.
This lesson of maths focuses on frequently used positional language and directional terms.
Maths will finish with another dialogue lesson recapping the positional language learnt.
In the first lesson of English we will focus on where the character of Wally came from and how he was created.
The first dialogue lesson will again focus on comics and the specific words that were learnt prior.
This lesson of English looks at what the yearly calendar consists of.
The structure of a calendar will again be the focus in this dialogue lesson.
The first lesson of PSHE will teach students about things they will need to take care of when travelling which are common items people take away with them.
The first PSHE dialogue lesson will recap the items learnt about in the previous lesson that the students should look after when travelling.
The students will further develop their knowledge of looking after their selves and what items they will frequently use.
The last lesson of PSHE is another dialogue lesson focusing on the items and words learnt in the lesson before.
In the first lesson of performing arts students will learn some commonly used verbs within performing arts.
In this lesson students will begin to learn a dance from the musical The Lion King.
This lesson of performing arts will look at some key words used within the performing arts industry.
Following on from the previous video lesson the students will finish learning the dance from The Lion King.
The first lesson of art and craft will look at the art of sculpting and how it has created one of Britain’s most iconic art works The Angel of the North.
This lesson will be a video tutorial of how to make your own small scale model of the Angel of the North.
This lesson of art and craft will look at another artistic role and the tools it uses with language used within the role.
Following on from learning about painting in the previous lesson students will be shown how to paint their own Angel of the North.
In the first lesson of science students will learn about different types of plants so they have a common understanding of what certain plants are called.
The first experiment of science will look at how plants get their water by using celery and food colouring.
This lesson of science will break down the various sections of a plant and what they are called.
The second science experiment lesson will look at how plants grow in a creative way.
In the first lesson of history students will learn about natural materials that have been used to make things since the stone age.
This dialogue lesson will again focus on the natural and old materials learnt.
This lesson of history will focus on modern day materials that are man-made and that are used to make one of Britain’s most iconic structures.
The final lesson of the Where’s Wally topic will be another dialogue lesson focusing on the man-made and new materials students have learnt.