No Pens Wednesday

Yesterday, we took part in ‘No Pens Wednesday’ a national initiative to highlight the importance of oracy and collaborative working. We started the day by undertaking a Maths treasure hunt all about fractions and undertook some philosophy for children (P4C.) In the latter, we tried to define different objects such as a hat and a table. We realised this was more difficult than we anticipated. To end the session, we created an ‘evilometer’ in which ranked different statements to decide which statements were good and which statements were evil.

In the afternoon, we worked in small groups to complete a challenge. Each group were given some tape, newspaper, two pieces of dowel and an orange. The task was for the children to create a free standing structure that was 30cm tall and was able to hold the orange. The children were given time to plan their structure which led to some great discussions. They then were shown how to use the dowel to strengthen the newspaper and created their structures.

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