Over half term, 56 students from Castle View Academy participated in an engaging and inspiring series of seminars and workshops in Disneyland Paris.
During the four day trip, the students learnt first-hand how Disney’s spectacular shows and parades are put together. In a dance and drama workshop, they worked with casting directors and choreographers to recreate the ‘Love is an Open Door’ scene from Disneyland’s production of ‘Frozen Live’.
The trip was also an opportunity to bring other areas of the curriculum to life. For example, the students learnt about the engineering and science behind some of the park’s ground-breaking rides. They learnt how Galileo and Newton’s principles influenced roller-coaster design and looked at G forces, animatronics and potential and kinetic energy. During this fascinating workshop, the students designed their own roller-coaster.
In a creative writing workshop, the students explored fairy tales and were tasked with writing a traditional tale from the perspective of another character.
Miss Nutland, who accompanied the students, said:
“What a fantastic trip! The students learnt so much and were exposed to so many different experiences. Throughout the trip, they were constantly amazed by what they were seeing and there was always someone saying ‘Wow’!
“This trip was so much more than a visit to a theme park; the students really got to grips with the physics and engineering behind the rides and their twisted fairytales were superb.
“As part of our commitment to deliver an Education with Character, we constantly seek to give our students an education which excites, challenges and interests them and this trip did not disappoint!”