Featured Teachers: Zonique Swainson writing with Takisha Smith, Shayla Morton and Chernika Woodley - Port Royal Primary School’s History Expo Your school size: Port Royal Primary School has 109 students. We are a single steam school but we do have two Primary 4 classes this year. What was the activity and how did you get the idea? The principal, Mrs Holly Richardson, asked me in my role as Social Studies/Science Coordinator, to submit our school into a history competition oversees. Over the summer, I researched the idea and modified it to best fit our curriculum objectives. Monthly meetings were held with committee members Takisha Smith, Shayla Morton and Chernika Woodley. What subjects and objectives were integrated for the project? Language: written reports, poetry and songs. Social Studies- all entries focused on notable Bermudians within our community past to present. Arts- Artwork, 3-D models and Drama. IT- PowerPoint presentations, DVD’s, voice recordings and slideshow pictures. What did you have to do at the planning stage? Planning required ensuring parents had adequate time to plan and organize their child’s entry. We sent home notes that outlined the different entries that each student could hand in with the deadlines and expectations. Closer to the History Expo opening, entry forms were sent home in “official” envelopes that the students returned the next day and placed in my “ Social Studies Mailbox.” This really set the tone for the Grand Opening as students started buzzing about their projects and how excited they were about the Expo. The fair ran from February 28th - March 2nd. Each morning began with student presentations that were based on entry type. All information technology and drama entries were showcased in front of the entire school. The other entries were presented within class. Port Royal invited notable Bermudians to attend each morning as our guests. Our special guests list included, Dame Jennifer Smith, Jeff Sousa, Nadine Browne-Evans, Kavin Smith, Marlene Minks and Clyde Best. What was the most challenging aspect during the project? The most challenging aspect of the Expo was designing the rubrics required for grading of the projects. Two rubrics were created - one for oral presentation and the other for entry appearance, creativity etc. How did the students benefit? Students did interviews and researched heavily for the Expo. They conducted interviews and practiced monologues and skits. Proud to be Bermudian was our theme song and the students were heard walking through the halls singing “Hail to Bermuda”. How long did the project take? Planning began in September when we arrived after summer break and the Expo ran from February 28th - March 2nd. What will you remember to do differently next time? Next time we will require a bibliography for reports and research. What would you recommend to teachers who want to try this project? Plan early, be organized, and have a strong committee that is willing to take on tasks.