Planking in the Library with Year 6!

The other day I was delighted to receive a booking request from Mrs Nettleton relating to a smaller than usual class due an event, and the amazing box of 1000 planks.  Planks are small pieces of timber which are weighted identically and our set is all the same colour.

It was a busy afternoon for study so I had some concerns about how the activities would co-exist. These turned out to be baseless.

I chose two activities on the basis of the number of planks required, and the number of groups of students working in pairs or threes for which we had to cater. The students receive a photograph of the construction with the number of planks required, and that’s all – no recipe for this activity!

Some students worked on the boat.

And when it got hard Jack sent out a message!
Collaboration
Instructions and suggestions
Teamwork
Concentration
Intensity!
Satisfaction
Daring
Balance
Enjoyment
Adding more!
Celebration
What do we need to add?
So far so good!
Satisfaction!
YES!
Just adding a bit more.
And it had better balance!

Others had a small farmyard with outbuildings. This one proved to be far trickier.

Looks pretty easy!
But balancing the walls was hard.
The farmyard offered fewer challenges than balancing the walls of the farmhouse.
Now what if you…
Floor laid. Walls???
Comparison in constructions rates between the two challenges is obvious in this photo!
Now what?
And resilience – when the walls fall down we start again!

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