Last Thursday, Wandsworth Prep went back to 1851 and the school was turned into the Great Exhibition for the Upper School Showcase!
Crowds gathered dressed for the occasion and Alexander Graham Bell cut the ribbon to open the show. The visitors were wowed by the dramatic discussions with some of the greatest inventors of the Victorian Era and the Upper School children showcased their historical research and presentation skills. The children also explained their own design processes and displayed their finished prototypes for new inventions: Year 4 amazed the visitors with their moving CAMS toys, Year 5's nightlights lit up the room and the Year 6 puppet show had our guests watching in wonder.
As part of the English and Drama curriculum, the children entertained the audience merging two of Charles Dickens’ greatest stories: ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Oliver Twist’. Year 5 have been studying the book, ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty, the story of the boy that inspired Dr Barnardo to set up his first Ragged School. Jim, the hero of the story, escapes from the workhouse so the children were fascinated to learn about Oliver’s story too. Year 6 studied the language of Dickens and within English lessons, wrote a continuation of a chapter matching the author’s writing style.
With the help of our wonderful singing teacher Miss Hepz, the audience was wowed with a dramatic homage to Dickens, performed on our newly enhanced stage provided by our brilliant PTA. All Upper School children were fully involved in the rip-roaring ensemble performance – a fitting tribute to the great man himself!
A very big well done to all the children for their hard work and collaboration to bring this showcase together.
See some photos from the Upper School Showcase here.