'Because pupils felt as though they were playing a game, they saw difficulty as a challenge and simply tried again.'
Showtime has been designed to add richness and relevance to the curriculum experience of young people. It can provide a focus for work within and between subjects and across the curriculum as a whole include the routines, events and ethos of the school.
Showtime demonstrates that we all use elements of the English, Maths and ICT curriculum every single day of our working lives. It clearly shows how skills are used in the jobs by people actually working at the Hall.
Each task is introduced by an actual member of the Hall’s staff and sets the subjects learned in school in the context of the jobs they actually do. Showtime shows how staff use functional skills each day of their working lives. Demonstrating the importance of practical skills in English, Maths & ICT and how important these are in allowing individuals to work confidently, effectively and independently in life.
Showtime will engage and interest students of all abilities. It will also show students a unique look behind the scenes of the Royal Albert Hall. Students (and teachers) will discover who works here, what they do and how they do it. Real-life examples can be used by teachers to help make topics more relevant and memorable. Our approach reflects the emphasis in schools towards contextualised learning.
Each component of the subject comes with teachers’ notes and extension activities to widen the scope of the sections and encourage pupils to discover the world outside their classroom and home.
Within the English section, pupils learn about marketing through the use of language, publicity, presentation skills, and the importance of grammar and punctuation. In the fundraising section, they discover the difference between putting on a show in the Royal Albert Hall as compared to one by the school. They discover that certain rules exist when trying to raise money from business for a good cause!
Within the Maths section, students have to use equations to solve budgeting, lighting, and staging problems in one unit, while in another, they find out about sound measuring and amplification. They extension activities provide further tasks, or thoughts on wider issues concerning sound and listening to loud music!
The ICT section focuses on the how and why of modern technology methods, and the uses of spreadsheets and databases within the Royal Albert Hall. The extension activities explore how these can help pupils organise themselves in their own lives.