We have had a fantastic start to Year 1 Red so far.
We have a new classroom, playground, routines and even new friends to play with.
Year 1 Red completed a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) challenge last week. STEAM education teaches children many 21st century skills and the focus on hands-on learning helps to prepare children for real world problems.
Their mission was to work together in their groups to create the tallest tower, using only a limited amount of blu-tack and matchsticks. The students had about 20 minutes to create their tower, and were able to practise their turn-taking, listening and teamwork skills. God has blessed us all with unique talents, and collaborating in teams with their peers allowed students to discover and develop these talents.
Some thoughts that the students shared throughout the lesson were:
- ‘We are building two towers and then adding them together’
- ‘How can we make our tower stand up on its own?’
- ‘I don’t think his way will work but we are going to try it anyway’
- ‘It’s like the Eiffel Tower!’
It was the students’ first time taking on this challenge. The tallest tower was 9cm, and while a few others towers fell over, the students now know what they can do better next time.