Our proposal for secondary schools
First stage: the set up
To start the Project, we need to identify 4 schools in one town or county, who would like to take part. Each school will select a voluntary teacher to be the Challenge Leader and supervise the students.
In some cases, the Leader could be from outside the school, where, for example there is an agreement with the local social or youth group who can coordinate activities with the students outside teaching time.
The schools will then need to arrange a suitable time and venue for students to learn and practice the game in preparation for the tournament. These game sessions could be planned either at the lunch break interval or whenever the students have some free time. We have found that the best way is to hold short sessions involving 4 students to learn the game, which is good for both strategic thinking and concentration and is also fun.
The Challenge Leaders of the 4 schools involved, will meet together with the managers of the venue where the tournament will be held to discuss dates and numbers of students. Venues for the final tournament may be a public library, community centre, social club or best of all a local castle.
Second stage: the Play
Each game is played by 4 players, one from each school. We suggest setting up game boards on 4 square tables, altogether 16 school students representing the 4 schools will play in the final tournament. At the end of the game, all points of players will be added, school by school, and the winning school will receive the challenge trophy during the presentation ceremony.
Third stage: the Report
The students from each school will work together on a report about the Challenge, writing about their experience from in English and French too if they wish.
The report will be organised around their journey from their first introduction to the game through to final tournament and will include their learning, discoveries and environment of the final, adding their feeling about the project with some text and photos or small film u-tube style. We will publish their report entirely on both our websites in (.Com) & (.FR), so their families and friends can follow their personal and pedagogic experience online!
The report could also be published on the school site if it is requested by the students or teachers and castle websites, where the challenge final takes place. This is a real incentive for the students to work on a good report, as if they were journalist trainees!
So if you are a school head-teacher, teacher, youth worker or student and read this article and feel that you would like to get involved, please get in touch with us using the mail address on the site. We will send you all the details on how to join and enter the Knights-Challenge programme.