A quickie: having planned the course overall, and thought about tasks, and collecting xp, I decided to design some badges to be collected by students for when they achieve each part of the course.
My school does an ‘Open Day’ every Summer, when we open the school on a Saturday to parents, prospective parents and pupils, and anyone else who wants to come. Each department puts on a kind of showcase with games and events linked to their subject, and the whole thing turns into a kind of fete.
This year, we build a makeshift Colosseum in our classroom, and the kids made gladiator paper dolls!
In 3rd year Classical Civilisation, I’m just about to start teaching Roman history in a topic I’ve called ‘Settlement, Kingdom, Republic, Empire’, and starting with The Aeneid in an abridged version – after all, they’re only 13ish.