Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Building Bridges

Did you know that Reremoana has developed their own Languages of Learning?

They are
Connecting  Collaboration  Be Creative  Be Resilient   Question  Reflect

We are working on Collaboration. A great one to enhance social skills and positive work relationships within the classroom.

In Room 10 we have collaborative groups which are used to develop team work skills. Today the children were set a challenge where they had to work together to make a bridge out of a limited supply of materials.
These were: gum drops, toothpicks, ice block sticks and two rubber bands

The children designed their bridge for a plastic figurine to cross over. They had to work out the lengths and width of their bridge and how best to use the materials.

Most children drew their design first. There was lots of vigorous debates over who would play what role in the construction of the bridge and how to agree on the best design.

We decided it was best to try different methods and decide which one worked best. Luckily we did gain some clues from watching The Magic School Bus episode on construction!



A you can see we all came up with different designs. We did experience a few collapses, but a little bit of reflection and adjustment worked wonders.
The children really enjoyed the task and it did expose them to problem solving and learning to be diplomatic too!!

P.S We did enjoy a sweet after all our hard work, especially Lily, who I sincerely hope ate her vegetables tonight...

3 comments:

  1. What a fun way to learn about bridges though working together.

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  2. Ha Miss Pulman - Lily and vegetables....I'm not so sure. What a fun learning experience for 'collaboration'. I really enjoyed looking at the photos and the super concentration (and smiles) on everyones faces. Well done Room 10!

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  3. Ha Miss Pulman - Lily and vegetables....I'm not so sure. What a fun learning experience for 'collaboration'. I really enjoyed looking at the photos and the super concentration (and smiles) on everyones faces. Well done Room 10!

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