In our first Primary Assembly on Friday 8 March, Mr Fabre’s Room 17 shared some interesting classroom activities they had been engaged in so far this year. Each student presented an individual ‘avatar’ they had designed to represent their personal identity, which was the main topic in Health this term. The students had focused on and explored their main interests, talents and creative pursuits.
The class then described an activity where they decorated a puzzle piece using symbols of their personal strengths, after which they were instructed only to ‘complete the puzzle as a group’. The task was designed to highlight a number of difficulties encountered in completing a group task without clear instructions, organised roles or a clear objective. The students came up with tips on how to complete a task like this in a more effective and efficient manner.
The Year 6s finished their assembly by describing a ‘Toothpaste’ activity, where they learned about inclusion. The activity required students to empty a tube of toothpaste onto plates ensuring all students had some, while being careful to allow only enough toothpaste in the tube for the last person. They learned about the effect of damaging comments on peer relationships: you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube, just like you can’t put the words back in your mouth.