Mantle of the expert
In the Mantle of the Expert learning framework, the children are given a ‘hook’ scenario where they become an ‘expert’ in a field, with guidance from the teacher. They research, explore and work collaboratively to reach an end goal for a designated project. For example, children in Year 4 received a letter from the British Museum informing them of a new exhibition that was going to be created around Hinduism. The children were given guidance about what the new exhibition might entail, and each week researched and explored finding out that information. At the end, the children then presented their work as a group. The framework promotes collaborative discussion and autonomous exploration, through an engaging and immersive learning experience.
At Parkhill, we have a strong ethos of rights respecting, tolerance and diversity. Our children learn about different cultures and religions through dedicated themed days and months, as well as the diverse RE curriculum, underpinned by our Mantle of the Expert learning approach. We encourage children to ask questions, to develop their knowledge of the world around autonomously. Our RE curriculum promotes questioning, research and autonomous exploration. Children confidently share their own personal experiences of their faith whilst learning from others about theirs.
As part of Culture Month, children created delicious meals based on the country they were studying. We then made our ‘Parkhill Cookbook’ as a collection of the delicious recipes!
Many parents helped us during Culture Month sharing a wide range of recipes and cooking techniques.
Our annual Festival of Light celebrates Hannukah, Christmas and Diwali, organised by our Year 6 pupil voice group, the FCC (Festival and Celebrations Committee).