6 strands: resilience and independence.
Building on previous knowledge and skills of the Neolithic period the children were given 3 challenging activities.
A video was shown detailing the changes and challenges of the Neolithic times.
What was one of the main changes?
Activity 1: making miniature bows and arrows. Sadly we couldn’t accommodate the children with a real size bow so they used lollipop sticks instead. Using their listening skills to hear the instructions and their concentration skills to watch the visual demonstration, the children were then given the opportunity to make their own bow. Key stage 1 were assisted with the sawing only. Key stage 2 used their time to make the bow independently including the sawing. Year 6 were challenged further by only having the instructions to read and a few handy hints that may or may not be used to make their job a bit easier.
Would you be able to instruct someone else on how to make a bow?
Year 6, did you read the instructions?
How did you feel if your bow worked?
Why were the lollipop sticks soaked in water?
Activity 2: working in teams of 3 the objective was to construct a catapult. Key stage 1 were given the wood to make the frame. Their problem solving skills came into play when they had to make the 2 shapes using elastic bands to hold it together. The outcome was to catapult a ping pong ball.
What were the 2 shapes?
Key stage 2 not only needed to build the frame but had to work out how to adjust the elastic to get the correct projection of the ping pong ball.
How hard/easy did you find this?
Activity 3: the objective of this activity was to invade the other groups’ areas and grab the flags to claim their prize. No more than 3 people were allowed to protect the area and no more than 3 to invade. There were 5 areas in total to try and claim.