Mantle of the Expert


October 2016 Protect Our Planet

In October our school was transformed into The POP Institute, a place where the sole aim was to Protect Our Planet. Our children took part in a peaceful march around our school to show their passion for looking after our world for their future. So many wonderful projects took place and the whole week was launched by the Lindow Bee Man. He talked at length about how he looks after the bees but also talked about the decline in bee numbers and what we can all do to help. The children created wonderful art using recycled materials; they cooked using local ingredients and they planted wonderful seeds and flowers to attract the bees.  Alongside these fantastic projects, children renovated the side garden at the school and built a bug hotel. Two projects followed the text The Promise – a wonderful book about a girl who lives in a grey, depressing world who plants bulbs and seeds to bring the world alive. The children explored the book through music, drama, poetry and craft.  

Headteacher Miss Wilson said "The week really opened the children’s eyes to the need to be kind to our planet.  Everyone pledged their promise to do more to make the world a better place." 

Mantle of the Expert

Mantle of the Expert (MoE) is a teaching method devised and developed by British educationalist Dorothy Heathcote from Newcastle University. It provides an imaginative, inquiry approach to learning via creation of a fictional world where pupils assume the roles of experts in a designated field. MoE is based on the premise that treating children as responsible experts increases their engagement and confidence. They can perceive a real purpose for learning and discovering together in an interactive and proactive way – providing them with skills and knowledge they can apply to their everyday lives. MoE encourages creativity, improves teamwork, communication skills, critical thought and decision-making.

All the participants are empowered by giving them an opportunity to assume responsible roles and make decisions in guiding the outcomes. Instead of the children relying on the teacher’s energy to drive the work and evaluate achievement, teacher and pupils share the responsibility for the quality of work.


In April 2016, school was transformed into an 'Apprentices Den' for a six-day event during which the children became entrepreneurs.
The Apprentice meets Dragons Den event kicked off with headteacher Miss Wilson aka 'Lady' Wilson (Lindow's very own Lord Sugar) arriving in style on the red carpet in a Bentley, as the children waited in anticipation to find out this year's theme.The children were put into mixed age group teams and told they had to come up with ideas for Easter products to be sold at the school's market at the end of the week. Representatives from local business mentored the children, taking on the roles of 'Angels'.

The teams came up with a variety of products including dog biscuits, Easter cakes and decorated plant pots. They then pitched their ideas confidently to the 'Angels' by creating jingles, banners and presentations enabling them to demonstrate their teamwork skills as well as learning about selling and profit.

Angel Ruth Shearn stated "It has been wonderful to be teaching children about business at such a young age. Simply stunning, these children are the seedlings of British business."
Angel Bob Pindar added "It is great the children have got the chance to sell, which is a key skill."

At the end of the week parents were invited to see what the children had made and were given the opportunity to purchase the products. With the money raised the children have been asked to come up with ideas as to how they would like to spend it.
Headteacher Miss Wilson said "None of of us could have predicted how successful it has been. It is awesome!"

In the lead up to February half term, our children enjoyed their annual “Mantle of the Expert (MoE)”*1 experience. This year the children all undertook the roll of TV producers as they explored 16 different TV programmes and then produced their own 3 minute production to complete the week and launch Lindow TV.

All 215 children divide into mixed teams of 4 – 11 year olds visiting all of the different activities during the week, ranging from Casualty, where the children learnt basic First Aid, Ready Steady CookBorn Survivor, looking at the techniques of Bear Gryls, Room 101BlockbustersDoctor Who and even Lambing Live! Children took on teachers in a special edition of Eggheads (guess who won!) and teams led by Headteacher, Mr Morgan and Chair of Governors, Mr Norris competed in A Question of Sport.

Now an established landmark at Lindow, everyone looks forward to the week with great anticipation. The children wish it could be Mantle of the Expert Week every week!

Headteacher Darren Morgan said: “MoE has undoubtedly become a highlight of our school year. Everyone engages, staff and volunteers put in a fantastic effort to transform the whole school and offer the children a wide range of experiences. Our ethos of caring, learning and achieving together is illustrated by the brilliant way our older children help the younger ones and learn from each other.” 

2014 Lindow returns to the Land of Dinosaurs!

In the lead up to Easter holidays, Lindow was transformed into Cretaceous Park, land of the dinosaurs. The Cretaceous Period ended 142 million years ago with the most famous mass extinction in history - the one that killed the dinosaurs. Was it a meteor that struck the earth? Volcanic eruptions? Climate change? Expert opinion differs, investigation was needed!

For its “Mantle of the Expert (MoE)” week, the children became palaeontologists, transported to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, to try to discover what happened! 

All 200 children divide into mixed teams of 4 – 11 year olds visiting 14 different activities during the week, ranging from examining the many and varied types of dinosaur; creating news reports for TV and newspapers on why the dinosaurs became extinct; looking at how the Park could become a tourist location and even creating a volcano! The normal teacher / child relationship is replaced by a shared responsibility for the quality of work with the children empowered by being giving the opportunity to assume responsible roles and make decisions to guide the outcomes. 

Now in its fifth year at Lindow, the children look forward to the week with great anticipation. One Mum observed that excitement leading up to the week is “akin to Christmas Eve”.

Our Headteacher Mr Morgan said: “The impact MoE has on the school as a whole is amazing. Staff and volunteers put in a fantastic effort to transform the whole school into the ‘Land of the Dinosaur’ and create activities to support the theme. We are rewarded by the tremendous enthusiasm shown by every child. Older children help the younger ones and learn that even the youngest can contribute ideas to their team.” 

2013 Around the World in 80 days

In 2013, our children travelled around the world in 80 days revisiting the exploits of Jules Verne’s character, Phileas Fogg.  School was transformed into 12 countries, each with a different activity. All 180 children, split into teams, followed Phileas Fogg (Headteacher, Darren Morgan), his servant Passepartout (Deputy Head, Gill Hoodless) pursued by Detective Fix (Chair of Governors, Richard Norris) around the world seeking the answer to a mathematical mystery.

The children are involved in a wide range of activities visiting the Netherlands, Italy (making pizzas), Oman, India (Ranjoli patterns), China, Japan, Australia, Easter Island (statues), Mexico (Mayan counting), the Bahamas and the USA (San Francisco and New York) learning about the culture and customs of the countries and collecting clues for their team. Instead of the children relying on the teacher’s energy to drive the work and evaluate achievement, teacher and class share the responsibility for the quality of work. They are empowered by being giving the opportunity to assume responsible roles and make decisions in guiding the outcomes.  

Headteacher Darren Morgan said “The impact MoE has on the school as a whole is incredible; there’s a great BUZZ! The staff are enthused by this way of working and the pupils are much more engaged with learning. They become more articulate, self-aware and able to develop and move ideas on. Older children help younger team members and value the contribution of each individual.“  One parent observed “my son learnt more about geography and culture in one week than in his previous eight years!”

At the end of the week, all the clues were combined to solve the mathematical puzzle, of course the answer was 42!

2012 Voyage of Discovery
 

In June 2012, our school transformed into an historical time zone with pupils transported to famous events in history. Click here to watch the introductory video.

At the start of the week, all 150 children were put into ten teams, each with children aged 4 – 11 years. Following an introductory lecture from Headteacher “Timetraveller” Darren Morgan and his assistant Dr Who, describing their challenge in visiting the 13 historical locations to repair the ‘fabric of the past’ using the skills of today. The children travelled through a time vortex (like Dr Who) to visit each location, completing their ‘time passport’, and learn about what happened at that point in time and how today’s knowledge could fix things.

The children are involved in a wide range of activities such as recounting the Battle of Hastings in the Bayeux Tapestry, reviving portraiture to combat the introduction of photography, solving the theft of the Crown Jewels, early use of medicine in treating an ailing King, helping Samuel Pepys record the Fire of London and visiting a Victorian schoolroom to make the school’s entry to the Wilmslow scarecrow competition (now to be seen in Hoopers’ window!).

MoE June 2012


2011 Wodnil Galaxy

In June 2011, our School was transformed into a far away galaxy, called Wodnil, comprising ten planets (classrooms) each inhabited by different aliens. At the start of the week, all 140 children were enrolled as Space Cadets and put into eight teams, based on our "Houses", each with children aged 4 – 11 years. Following an introductory lecture on space and our planetary system, from our Headteacher “Major” Darren Morgan, the cadets were transported to the alien galaxy to visit each planet and work with the aliens there to address their challenges.

The children are involved in a wide range of activities such as developing a new language to communicate, understanding how deprivation of one sense can enhance others, scientific experiments or designing and making a “scarecrow monster” to ward off invasion and provide our entry to the Wilmslow Scarecrow competition! They are empowered by giving them an opportunity to assume responsible roles and make decisions in guiding the outcomes.

Instead of the children relying on the teacher’s energy to drive the work and evaluate achievement, teacher and class share the responsibility for the quality of work.They are rewarded for effort, ideas and teamwork by "promotion" to officer, chief, vice-commander and commander.


MoE June 2011