Well it is a first for me but today I tried to run one of our popular Locomaths days within a school. Did it work? Well I’ll let you be the judge.
The focus as always was on team working skills and the brilliant Y3/4 children at St Alphonsus’ in Middlesbrough showed them in abundance. They were then left to complete the challenge with the support of the wonderful teachers for the rest of the day. I will be returning to film their presentations at 1.45pm but for now here are some images of them beginning to plan:
It was interesting for me to see how the children had got on without me constantly focussing them on what I expected from the day. The teachers were unsure when I arrived back whether the children had done what I had wanted….but in a sense that wasn’t the point, the way that it fitted the children’s needs as an opportunity to work on a team challenge was the most important factor. As soon as the presentation began, it became clear that the children had worked really effectively as teams and their presentations were pretty well organised and clearly rehearsed:
And finally I had set the teachers the difficult challenge of picking the team that had worked best AS a team. Well done to the top team workers!