Some of our Year 8 and 9 students went to Leasowes High School yesterday to see a play called ‘La Salle des Enigmes’ – a unique play, performed in French by French actors for teenagers.
The concept and setting for this play are perfect as a tool for enhancing the teaching of French. An escape room is a fully-immersive real-life game in which small groups of players are locked inside an Escape room, themed as Tutankhamun’s tomb and Howard Carter’s Tent and given a series of riddles, puzzles and clues which they must solve to eventually unlock the door and escape the room. They have just one hour in which to complete all the puzzles.
Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Blackadder, said: “The theatrical performance and relatable scenario, coupled with the carefully pitched vocabulary, makes this play a fantastic and hugely accessible experience for teenagers learning French.
“Participation was a key element of the play and student involvement in the form of on-stage participation by a few members of the audience enhanced their enjoyment and added a fun element to the theatrical performance.”
Year 8 student Kayleigh-Marie Taylor, said: “I went on the French trip to Leasowes High School with Mrs Houghton and really enjoyed it. I really liked it because it was different and very well acted out so even if you didn’t understand a part of it you could still understand the play. I really liked that it involved other Invictus schools. It is something I really would like to do again, as I also thought I gained from it and I learnt a lot of new words.”