So far, this term has seen me mainly doing lots of work at Southbridge School (Canterbury), with a couple of days at Governors Bay School and a further day yet to come at Dunsandel School. All the images shown below though are from Southbridge School with kids in the Year 5/6 areas.
One of the things I have not done for ages has been technology challenges. Last week saw me taking all the Year 5 kids for 4 afternoons in a row (as the Year 6’s and 5’s were separated for something the Year 6’s were doing). I must admit, it was really nice to have the same kids each day. As a result, I tried to do a number of new things, of which one was doing a few technology challenges. These included making a backpack out of paper, a bridge that could support a weight (which is what the cans of baked beans in the images were used for just in case you were wondering), and the most popular one being making a tall object using pasta and marshmallows. The amount of marshmallows we went through though could have fed an army, and unfortunately, many never made it until the end (marshmallows that is, not the kids). I have done technology challenges before (actually many years ago when it came out by BP in a book), but never the pasta/marshmallow one. It was certainly a hit, although having marshmallows may have had a bit to do with that.
We also got quite a bit of sport in, including some nets which I have never used at Southbridge before (simply as I had them up in the North Island), a bit of wood pokering which was done during the technology challenges, as well as of all things, a bit of 5 minute drama skits, (now those were interesting especially as I was just making them up as I went, although if the boss is reading this, they were all planned for).
Overall, the time just went too fast with these Year 5’s. It started to feel like I had a class of my own again. A great week with great kids at a great school.
There are also a few images of some mini pizza making/cooking I did last week, although that was actually done with a Year 5/6 class before they were split. All the pizza making was done under an hour, but boy what a mess (but don’t tell the boss). Luckily it was about making and cooking them, and not about the financial costs of the ingredients (which I would have failed big time with). Some of the kids pizzas were up there with Mount Everest!
It’s back to Southbridge again next week to finish off the pokering I never got finished as well as something I have not been able to do for a few years, a bit of work in Dance and Drama. Basically this is an opportunity which is given to any Year 5/6 child in the school to be able to do anything they want in front of an audience. The kids seem to be excited about it and have been asking all last week about it. I sounded like a record saying we don’t start until next Monday. Hopefully that enthusiasm remains. We have 6 one hour periods, 1 dress rehearsal, and then a performance in front of the school, so there is not a lot of time to get a lot done (now where is my spare bottle of wine). There seems to be a lot of dances, including hip hop, ballet as well as some comedy, or at least that’s what it says on the sheets I have. No doubt what we start with and what we end up with will be two completely different things, although that is half the fun of it.
Anyhow, you all have a fantastic last few weeks of the term, although I know most of you will be going flat out with reports (there are some good points to being a reliever-haha). Have fun, and remember to make time for you, somewhere in the madness of Term 4. Cheers, Chris.