The Night of the Notables Project is a complex, multi-layered unit which acts as a fabulous culmination of the boys’ Primary years.
Each Year 6 boy chooses someone from history that can be considered ‘notable’ - someone who has had a positive influence on society and the progress of humanity. The process begins with a detailed proposal whereby the boy argues the case for the inclusion of his chosen person.
Over the next few weeks each boy delves into their notable’s life; his or her motivations, hopes, fears, challenges and triumphs. What begins as a research task develops into multiple written products utilising analysis, scaffolded thinking, creative application and even poetry. Design and creative aesthetics is also brought into the process as each piece of writing must be presented with links to the notable or their field. On the evening all this and more is set up as a display. The boys consider how best to show their work still linking to the overarching themes for their person. This utilisation of the dynamism of space, colour and 3D placement can absolutely set the polish on the overall project.
Finally, over the course of the evening, each boy takes on the role of their notable person and must explain their life and thinking to the attending parents, family and staff. This year we were struck by many exciting elements: the depth of thinking, the ability to take on and hold their notable’s personality while presenting, the wonderful range of notables chosen (in terms of field of study, gender, periods of history, race and age range) and the complete joy and commitment shown by each and every boy.
Well done to all!