The Expedition course gives learners opportunities to develop effective communication skills whilst honing deeper empathy and self-awareness. Learners sharpen their critical thinking through evaluating problems from different perspectives, whilst practicing extended creative writing and analysis.
Course Content (4 hourly sessions per unit):
- Understanding and Creating Narratives
Improving creative writing through adding impact
Through a close study of Disney’s The Lion King and the twelve stages of a hero’s journey, learners gain a deeper understanding of how story structures work, and how to craft more impactful pieces of writing.
- Dealing with Dilemma
Employing empathy for better problem-solving
At this age, learners start to encounter challenges and situations in real life that don’t always have one clear-cut solution. Through literature they can understand that life is not always black and white, and that by appreciating different points of view, better solutions can be developed.
- History and Society
Practicing research, presentation and debate skills
Learners immerse themselves in Victorian London, following the life of street child Jim Jarvis as he escapes the workhouse and fights for survival. Here, learners are challenged to pursue and present their own research on historical events, whilst debating on complex ethical issues.
- Portraits of War
Applying consequence-based thinking
Two brothers go to war. Do they survive? Learners explore celebrated author Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful alongside related texts set during World War I, and evaluate how war impacts individuals, relationships, and communities, whilst contemplating its ethics.
- Epic Pioneers
Combining consequence-based thinking and problem solving
Exploration and progress often require hardship, epic challenges to be overcome. Learners investigate British Explorer Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic, and what it means to be a true leader. They are also introduced to space travel, and whether life is possible on Mars.
- Migration Journeys
Developing understanding through contextual cues
Shaun Tan’s beautiful and painstakingly-drawn book The Arrival charts the story of a man coming to a completely new and unfamiliar place, and his discovery of the differences in how lives are led. Learners see how despite barriers in language, culture, and geography, we as humans are united as we journey across borders in search of better lives.
- Telling Your Story
Exploring self-awareness and identity
Learners explore how famous writers’ personal and autobiographical events can shape powerful stories. They also reflect on the significance of memorable childhood experiences and relationships to their identities and way of seeing the world.
- Investigating Archetypes
Enhancing creative writing
What makes a good story? A memorable character? Understanding how character archetypes are used across different narratives is a great way for learners to see meaningful connections between stories they know and love, as well as stories they’ve yet to encounter. This exposure gives learners greater confidence in their own writing projects.