A number of months ago I suggested to the Musselburgh Cluster that we engage in a Games Based Learning project to help with transition. I suggested that we used Guitar Hero as the context for learning and base the projects on some of the work being carried out at the Consolarium.
Our project would initially follow a similar form to the Aberdeen pilot but then develop into a real and worthwhile transition activity. The work would then be carried on into the initial stages of the S1 programme. I think when I first suggested the idea a few people thought I might have completely lost the plot. However I was absolutely delighted when all of our primary heads signed up to the project.
We secured the funding for equipment from various sources – more on this later and then Guitar Hero was let loose in P7 classrooms across Musselburgh. Lots of people have helped us on the way and I will thank them all in a separate post.
Tonight I have just
come back from A Guitar Hero Showcase Event performed by children (and
teachers) from Wallyford Primary and Whitecraig Primary at Wallyford Primary School. The event was
outstanding and was truly A Curriculum for Excellence in Action! During the evening
we saw dances, songs, music that the children had composed, animations, t-shirt
designs, logos, character studies, artwork (Elvis Lives!), photography, digital
video and huge amount more!
A huge amount of thanks must go to Stacey Betteridge (PT at Wallyford) and Jenny MacNair (P6/P7 teacher at Whitecraig) for all of the hard work they have put into this project. I hope to be able to share some of the performances with you soon and also some of the planning that went into this project. In the meantime above you can see some of the outstanding work that was on display during the evening.