Rapping Sprowston teachers are a class act

They might be too cool for school, but these rapping teachers are a class act as far as students at Sprowston Community High are concerned.

John Allerhand (Mr A) and John Cordeaux (Mr C) have already made two movies and are hoping their third, a rap about reincaration, will land them and the school national recognition –and a �100,000 cash prize.

The current short film, The Reincarnation Song, features an original song written by Mr A and a rap by Mr C, with both performed around the streets of Norwich which presents the key ideas of Hinduism in an unusual way.

The song, which is part of a bid by the teachers to make the subject more fun and appealing to students at the Cannerby Lane school, has been entered into the O2 learn online competition.

The website features videos of lessons made by teachers across the country which viewers are given the chance to vote on.

In addition to competing each fortnight, ultimately 12 videos from across the O2 site will be chosen to go into the final and a panel of educational experts will decide on an ultimate winner which will earn the school �100,000 for building work.

The reincarnation song received over 300 votes on its first day and is currently leading this fortnight on about 650 votes with voting closing on Monday.

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Mr Allerhand, or Mr A as he is now also known, the school's head of humanities, said: 'We're interested in new teaching styles, different ways of trying to engage students at the school to learn.

'That's one of our main interests; different ways to engage the students to learn and we came across a competition by O2 which invites teachers to make little films about teaching.

'I wrote most of the reincarnation song and John wrote the rap. It's a fun song which includes a rap which we sang in different streets in Norwich and includes key Hindu concepts which students will pick up if they listen.'

In the reincarnation song Mr C plays the stupid RS teacher who knows nothing while Mr A is the wise old teacher with all the answers.

The students and staff at the school have really taken to the films and Mr A and Mr C, head of year 11, have become local celebrities following their third song.

Mr Allerhand said: 'When we walk down the corridors the kids come up and talk to us; it's created a buzz about the school.' The previous two films, also featuring Mr A and Mr C, have been filmed at Norwich Cathedral and the Earlham Road cemetery with the second movie earning a prize of �2000.

The two Johns are now hoping their third film will also help land the school some money but need people to vote for their film by midnight on Monday by registering on the O2learn site www.o2learn.co.uk/o2_video.php?vid=618 and voting for the film.

To see the video under the RE section, register on the O2learn site, www.o2learn.co.uk/o2_video.php?vid=618

Are you using unusual methods to help students to learn? Call Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk