Fairyland fun and learning

Caroline Prentice describes how a fairyland topic helped to engage her Primary 2 class.

Primary Teacher

During my first term as a probationer I undertook the cross-curricular topic "fairyland". This was a fantastic topic that really captured the imagination of my Primary 2 class. The topic also allowed for a variety of curricular areas to be covered in depth, including literacy, mathematics, social studies, art, drama, technology, science, and health and wellbeing. And with the help of the fairyland topic these areas were explored with great enthusiasm from the children. I also noticed an increased motivation towards work, with children commenting on how much fun the topic was.

Engagement in literacy

The fairyland topic enabled the children to achieve a wide range of positive outcomes. In particular, it was an excellent way of engaging children in different literacy materials other than their reading books. Literacy is such a vast area that it is needed for most, if not all, curricular areas. Therefore, allowing the children to experience different literature and understand the social aspects of how to read and comprehend different texts is vital. The children saw reading fairyland books as a great adventure and often sat with one another discussing and reading the texts. The children also brought in their own fairyland books and enjoyed discussing them with the rest of the class. We were able to start our own ‘fairyland’ library, as the volume of books being brought in was outstanding.

Collaborative working

I found that in many activities involving work in groups and pairs, the children were often unsure of how they were meant to work together. Therefore, I focused upon working together collaboratively through the fairyland topic. The topic was a great way of teaching collaborative group work: children made castles and finger puppets, as well as putting on shows for the rest of the class. The children were encouraged to discuss and work as a ‘team’. They even took on roles within their group to complete work.

A positive outcome

I would highly recommend this topic for infant classes in the primary sector, as it really captured the imagination of the children in my Primary 2 class. The topic sparked enthusiasm throughout the whole curriculum and I found that children’s concentration levels increased. I also found that having mixed ability groupings worked well, as each child learnt from peers within their group.