The Start of the Day recapped on what the children had done the previous day and whether or not they had met their target. They all felt that they had and were very positive. The mentors explained how the focus would shift from coping with challenge towards solving problems with activities involving creative thinking and teamwork. The children recorded their target for the day.
In “Race Track” the children had to dribble a ball around a difficult course marked out with cones and then split into two teams. Each team had to design their own track and come up with rules. Josh thought the task was too easy, so his mentor asked him to solve the problem by making the course harder. Josh added the rule that the player who could go around the course with the least bounces would win. After the first round Josh noticed that Jack had won by a lot and Daisy put this down to his greater height. On the next round Josh was allowed to jump forward for every bounce of the ball.Problem solved! He said this problem solving would be useful at school as if he found something difficult he could try and find a different way around the problem. Ceryn took creativity further by jumping across the corners of the course thereby saving a few bounces and still keeping within the rules.
The Paralympian swimmer,
In the “Hoop Challenge” the children
With the “Drain Pipe
Forty playing cards were laid out on the floor. The mentor explained how he was going to give the whole group 5 minutes to study the cards and was then going to turn them face down and point at 5 cards and see if the group could remember what they were. India straightaway noticed the 40 cards were split into 10 rows of 4 and explained that each of the 10 learners only had to remember a row each. The group got the 5 cards right and India was really pleased as she said Maths wasn’t her strongest subject. She felt this would give her confidence in Maths lessons and even when she thinks she is stuck she would try and find a solution to the problem. She also said how it was great everybody listened and followed her instructions as she is usually very quiet and not many people listen to what she has to say. She would now have a bit more confidence to speak her mind and try to get involved when there’s groupwork.
The last session was spent with the children working on their performances for Friday. It was great to hear them asking the mentors how they could get 4 or 5 stars. Josh was especially keen to get 5 stars and came up with many ideas to achieve this. It was brilliant to see all the children pushing themselves out of their comfort zones with many choosing to perform plays and songs, something many would not usually feel comfortable doing.
It was another great day with the group practicing really hard for their performances, and so full we had to postpone the I-movie of the day.