Sunday, 27 May 2012

Need Inspiration for Planning a Diamond Jubilee Event?

Preparing for a Diamond Jubilee Event

Example of resources used:

My Entry 2 class have been working very hard, preparing for a Diamond Jubilee Party on the 31st of May.

I've created a Scribd Collection (which you can find here which is full of posters (60 decades activity, Royal Family Tree and many more).

Here are a few simple things you should considering if you are planning to have an event to celebrate the Jubilee.

  • If you can, ask for donations from students to pay for cutlery, plates, bowls and serving bowls, tablecloths, cups, rubbish bags, etc.
  • Do the necessary paperwork, Risk Assessments, invitations, posters.
  • Create job descriptions for a class or volunteers and designate jobs - site management (rubbish, people flow, queue meet & greet if you want to control initial influx of people), food servers, hosts, activity supervisors.
  • Involve students in everything, ownership = a good party.
  • Have a raffle, best dressed queen / king, man / woman with prizes.
  • Have games like pin the tail on the Corgi.
  • Invite students to bring in food to share - celebrate the cultural cuisine by labelling with flags / descriptions. Servers to explain to people what there is.
  • Create a world map (like the one below) and use it as a focal point to record student population densities (Why not create Excel spreadsheet during the day and display pie chart?) 

Any other ideas are welcome!

Here's a collection of pictures taken during the preparation stages.

 I will write more about this soon,

Look out for resources and information about hosting an Olympic Torch event, an Olympic Event and a Closing Ceremony!

With this post I hope to embrace the Olympic spirit of Inspiration, if you are inspired to do something, please add resources to my Scribd page and comment on this post and my videos.

All Diamonds are bits of coal, under the right circumstances. Try to make sure it isn't too high pressure and enjoy yourself responsibly!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Create a Giant World Map on a Wall

This morning I woke up at 6:30 and was in at work at 7.

No, it wasn't for OFSTED!

Yesterday I got permission to draw a world map on a wall in the building where I work.

Shortly after I got permission I also received a Risk Assessment form and was asked to write a Method Statement.

As you can see, in the video below, the final image was drawn on the wall with a permanent marker pen. The risk was very low. If I had slipped and fallen on my pencil I might have hurt myself.

I completed the Risk Assessment anyway as I have realised; there's no point getting annoyed by perceived barriers - as soon as you've crossed them, they seem insignificant.

So why did I want to put a World Map on a wall in the college where I work?

  • I work with the migrant community and wanted to create a piece of art that represented them
  • I plan to map out the student nationality densities, using circles of growing diameter to reflect populations
  • My colleagues and I can use it in class time to provoke discussion about where people are from
  • I wanted to draw on a wall at the place I work in

The video is intended to serve as inspiration for others to try and do something similar. In this Olympic year there is an opportunity to promote Diversity. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) reflects the coming together of people from all nations who are united in a common purpose - realising their potential.

If you are inspired to have a go, please leave a comment or even make a video and reply to this video with your own effort!
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