Somebody hold them back! We have Thornaby C of E, St Paulinus, Acklam Whin and Saltburn primaries here today attempting the loco maths challenge. In some ways calling it ‘Locomaths’ implies it is a maths challenge. It is…..but a whole lot more. As always, the tone was set from the moment we started by focussing on effective teamwork skills. From effective time management to creating clear job roles and tasks, the children have been expected to be in charge; and they very much have.
By 2pm they will have worked out three costed routes for a proposed new train line, created designs for trains and stations that we want to use and prepared information around balancing the environmental impact with the obvious destruction that the new line would cause. You will see the presentations here at 2pm (ish!). They will be expected to present their ideas in a simple form but with evidence to back up their ideas, especially the costing. An essential part of the task is to identify how they will present their ideas. This is not an opportunity for them to all to stand in a line and read a few words each just to be on camera. Let’s see how they get on. In the meantime here are some photos of them at work. I’ve actually just been told by one of the teachers that during their juice break the groups she was with took the opportunity to discuss where they were all up to with their assigned roles so that they could be more effective after break!