This is the story of Moby’s first visit to a UK school.
It all started with a parcel that arrived at BrainPOP UK, for the attention of our resident robot. It contained a number of posters, fan mail, and intriguingly, a link to a video.
It seemed a year 5 class at Titchfield Primary had been set a homework challenge: pick a BrainPOP topic you’re interested in and write about it.
When we saw the video of what the kids put together – “Our BrainPOP Homework“ - we were blown away! It was incredibly creative work, made with joyful enthusiasm. Not something you’d usually associate with your typical homework assignment
Along with their homework we received quite a few letters and drawings, all addressed to Moby, all pleading with him to come and visit.
This got us thinking, why not? Moby had never visited a school before and who better to visit than the hard working kids at Titchfield?
So we squeezed into the Moby mobile and headed to the school. After a quick tour of the school we hid out in the staff room while everyone rolled into assembly.
They had no idea who was just about to walk in. Moby’s excitement circuits were in overdrive!
Miss Deane, our inside woman, peeked out of the assembly hall to give us a signal, and we marched right down the middle of Mr Bainbridge’s assembly.
We were pretty lucky as Mr Bainbridge didn’t seem to mind. In fact, he seemed really pleased we’d chosen to visit Titchfield and even let Moby join in with the Assembly at times:
Next on the agenda was a few classroom visits. Moby met Year R first and enjoyed answering their questions.
When we visited Mr Howard’s Year 2 “Diamond Mine” classroom the kids were keen to know how Moby deals with the pressure of being famous. He loves it of course – he’s such an attention seeker.
Moby got a real kick out of meeting Year 1 – they had a castle and princesses in their book corner and BrainPOP and Purple Mash in the laptop corner. After lots of hugs we met Joe out in the corridor who got Moby’s autograph – the first of many that day!
After break we met Year 4 and Moby made sure to hand out a BrainPOP badge to each pupil – a certain teacher was particularly chuffed to get the Moby football badge.
We took class photos aboard the H. M.S. Titchfield moored in the playground and Miss Deane’s digital leaders did a fantastic job herding the classes in and out.
One thing we were particularly impressed with at Titchfield was that BrainPOP is being used throughout all year groups. From Reception to Year 6, every teacher and child was familiar with the site. Moby was particularly touched to receive a piece of writing from Tyrone, a reluctant writer in Year 1.
Our last port of call for the day was meeting the homework whizz kids in Year 5 (a.k.a. H.M.S. Astute) who had Moby signing autographs.
We presented Miss Deane with a certificate for Titchfield for being such an excellent BrainPOPping school.
We spoke to Miss Deane about their BrainPOP homework and here’s what she had to say:
Before we knew it, it was time to go back to BrainPOP UK HQ, but not before the Year 5 girls showed us a cheer they’d choreographed especially for Moby. Thanks girls!
Thanks to all the staff and students at Titchfield Primary for making us feel so welcome. We don’t think we could have picked a better school for Moby’s first visit…He wouldn’t stop beeping about it all the way home.
Read what Year 5 had to say about our visit: Our very special day
And here’s a collection of all our photos from the day: Titchfield Primary visit
Moby also insisted we make a video of his “best bits” so here they are for your entertainment: