During the first couple of weeks of the year we have been spending time developing and building relationships between one another. Although we have no new students to Grange in our class this year, some of us have not been in the same class with other students for a couple of years. Here are some activities we have undertaken over the first 2 weeks of school that have helped us share information about each other.
Room 10’s ‘app’ealing world
As a class we created our own “apps” for ipads that included information about ourselves.
We were given an ipad template and our task was to create 9 ‘apps’ that could help people learn more about ourselves. Some apps were:
We wrote down some interesting facts relating to each app that we created. We then had to create an icon to match each app. Our ipads are dislayed outside the classroom and we have enjoyed looking at each others apps and learning about each other.
On Friday of week 1 we held a ‘living museum’ in our classroom. All the students spent the first week deciding on 5-6 items they could bring from home that best represented themselves. Everyone had to create labels which had some information about each item and why they are special to us. We also had to think about how we would display the items on our table space so that everybody could see what we bought in. On the Friday before lunch, the living museum was open and everyone quietly walked around reading and viewing the displays. Mrs. Baldwin really enjoyed this activity and she learnt a lot about the students in her class. There are so many talented musicians and sports people in room 10 this year!
Everyone was given a maths pennant which had different questions that we had to answer about ourselves using different maths skills. The questions included:
- If a=1, b=2, c=3, and so on, what is the value of your name? Write the addition sentence and solve it.
- Use multiplication and addition to show how many days old you are.
- Measure your height. Write in two different ways.
- Show how long it takes you to get to school using elapsed time and subtraction.
- Is your age a prime or composite number?
This was a bit of a challenge particularly when we had to calculate how old we would be in days.
Team Building Activity
This activity involved us working in groups of 4. Each group had 6 cups and a rubber band that had 4 pieces of string tied around it. We then had to work together to try and move the pile of cups to create a pyramid. We were not allowed to touch the cups so this was quite a challenge but eventually we all managed to succeed. Once this was achieved our challenge was to then move the cups back into their starting positions.
This activity involved learning how to work in a group and helping each other to be successful. We discussed what qualities can make a good team member and what qualities perhaps hinders someone from being a good team member. As this year we will be doing a lot of group work in all areas of learning it is really important that we understand how we can work together successfully.
All these activities reflect Grange Primary’s school values in some way.
Students shared some information about themselves which resembles their identity.
We have a very diverse bunch of students in room 10. People from different backgrounds and cultures have come together and formed our own family in the classroom with sharing, listening and learning interesting things about each other.
We have been building friendships and relationships in the classroom by getting to know each other and sharing information in a safe and trusting environment.
We respected each others property during the living museum. We also respect peoples different opinions and interests during sharing time about each other. Everybody is different and enjoys different hobbies, sports and other activities and it is wonderful that we can share these with each other.
We have all enjoyed getting to know each other over the past 2 weeks including Mrs Baldwin!
We look forward to continue to grow and learn about each other over the year and develop new and existing friendships between one another! Well done to Room 10 for being brave and sharing all these wonderful facts about each other!
What activity did you enjoy the most and why?
What was one thing you learnt about someone in the classroom?