Taking inspiration... some atypical lesson ideas

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

Isn't there a saying to take inspiration from the things closest to you? It's not so easy, especially when the stress levels are up. But we're inspired daily by the brilliant local community here in West London. And we thought we could take some of that inspiration and turn it into some off-the-curriculum lesson ideas for all ages!

Lesson #1 Subjects: Art, History & Politics

Inspiration: Carrie Reichardt


- Walk around and enjoy some of the amazing #streetart we have here in #w4 and #w3

- Take note of the inspirational people and political statements in much of the work

- Take inspiration from some of the works by @carriereichardt and the @mosaichousechiswick to create your own mosaic or collage showcasing a cause you really believe in

- Share your best creations and tag us!

Lesson #2 subjects: French, Geography

Inspiration: Le Vacherin Deli


- Translate "J'aime manger des saucissons, du fromage et du cassoulet". What else do vous aimez manger?

- Find out where the word cassoulet comes from, what regions are famous for it and its historic origins.

- Based on a white bean stew (but a bit different from our baked beans...), what would you add to make your own winning version of cassoulet? ***parents, extra points for the wine pairing!

- And we can't forget dessert (a French word adopted into the English language, can you think of more?): Madeleines, what are they and where do they come from? (ps. they're my favourite....hint hint)

Lesson #3 subjects: Science, English

Inspiration: The Kettle Shed


- Excluding water, which do you think is the most popular drink in the world?

- We don't tend to eat tea leaves on their own, and not many people drink plain boiled water, yet combine the two and you get a very popular drink. When you combine things and make something better than the sum of the original parts it's called "synergy". Can you think of other combinations that are better together?

- Make 2 cups of tea, one putting a tea bag into the cup before the water, and the other using loose leaf tea: notice how the tea bag floats to the top of the cup, yet most of the loose leaf tea settles at the bottom. Why do you think that is?

- After you've made your tea have a taste, yum. Now, before you put your feet up, taste it again but while holding your nose... not so yum?? Why does that happen? What makes things tasty, or not? And how much better at sniffing out a tasty treat is fluffy Fido vs you??

More coming soon...!

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