More Ideas for Classroom Activities
This page shares ideas for activities from primary school teachers who have used The Phoenix of Persia book and music, and teacher resources, in the classroom.
Thank you to everyone who has shared their work and experiences with us. Please do send us your stories for this page, and in particular activities that have worked well.
Glitter teacher Ceridwen Eccles has used The Phoenix of Persia with her pupils. Here are some ideas on her blog:
Ceridwen told us that her pupils learnt from the exposure to new instruments, finding out about different ways of storytelling and the ability to create their own versions, leading to high engagement and enjoyment.
"Pupils learned a lot and were able to see the purpose of the music as an accompaniment, expand their horizons learning about different cultures and build their knowledge of rhythms and how to create them".
Thanks for the feedback, Ceridwen! Great to know that your pupils enjoyed working on this.
Pupils chose their favourite instrument to research and explain how it made them feel. Here are some examples of their beautiful work:
Hugh Myddleton School, Islington, London
Year 5 pupils at High Myddleton School did half a term's project work on The Phoenix of Persia that included extended curricular work around:
HISTORY: learning about the history of Iran. One pupil wrote about the Battle of Marathon.
GEOGRAPHY: learning about the geography of Iran.
LITERACY: focusing on storylines and emotions
ART: pupils drew their own comic strips based on The Phoenix of Persia story.
Pictures of Phoenix of Persia wall displays in preparation.
Pupils at Welland Academy wrote letters from Prince Zal to his father, King Sam, and also drew magic feather using the sgraffito technique.
Braeburn Garden Estate School, Nairobi, Kenya
Teacher Misty Brunton reported back on project work with her pupils.
Prince of Wales Primary School in Enfield, North London, reported on their Year 6 work on The Phoenix of Persia in the school's end of term newsletter (December 2020).