Communication, collaboration and cooperation at the Year 2 and Year 4 team building day!

Children in Year 2 and Year 4 faced a series of challenges recently when they took part in an array of activities as part of a special Team-Building Day.T

The aim of the day was to encourage the development of some key skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Listening – properly!

and they all rose very ably to the challenges, the highlights of which are below.

In the newspaper challenge, Year 2 had to build a solid structure and Year 4 had to design something strong enough to carry a file. Using only the paper provided, they had to think about how to develop strength within their designs so that they met the brief, sharing ideas and experimenting in this great engineering activity.

In the electric fence challenge the classes were joined in a long line, and had to navigate a course over and under obstacles without touching the ‘electric’ fence. This required a lot of communication to make sure that no one moved too fast or too slow and impacted someone else down the chain. Don’t worry – everyone survived!

We’re hoping that the lovely flowers smaller groups created in the Art challenge will form an art installation in school, as they are so colourful and vibrant! Each group had to design and create a flower, working together to ensure a uniformity of petal shape, size and decoration.

Working on these skills in such a fun, innovative way has immediate benefits in the classroom too. The day really helped the children embed their Lyonsdown Learning Habits and work effectively with each other in a stimulating and positive way, with a big dose of laughter on the side!