Over the last half term Year 3 have been taking part in various Forest School activities, writing rhymes, tower building and this week, creating simple games. The common link is the need for the children to collaborate no matter what the activity. This over-arching theme of collaboration links directly to their PSE lessons which then gets examined in more detail back in class.
The teams were set beforehand based on the seating arrangements rather than friendship groups. This meant each team had a mix of personalities and skillsets. During each session the children were encouraged to assess how well things were going. Regular pit-stops helped them get to the root of any problems and capitalise on success. They were encouraged to problem solve within their team with only a little guidance from adults. At the end of the challenge we reflected as a whole class. Looked at the work produced and focused on how they could change things next time.
We are now in week 3 of this topic and the children are demonstrating a real understanding of the benefits and potential difficulties that collaborating can bring about. Their ability to resolve issues has improved considerably. They have experienced first hand how much more enjoyable tasks can be when everyone is working to a common goal. They are also now understanding that they can control outcomes themselves. Recognising when things may be taking a turn for the worse and taking the opportunity to do something about it. Whether that be changing the whole plan or some kind words of encouragement.
Once the children had devised and built their games the team had to explain the aim and the rules to two contestants whilst the audience judged entertainment value and creativity.