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!

VIBE – its a Great Sensation!

Years 5- 7:

Vibe festival has been and gone in a flash! We had fun today with some challenges which started like this:

The VIBRARY challenge:

Our session started with: You need to crack the code to access what’s inside your group’s locked box. The clues are quite close by!

Then you should work together with your team to create the item specified using the materials with which you have been supplied.

There was then a list of statements about the Library at the Senior School which led to the code to open the locked box for each group.

Once inside the box, students found a range of materials: Strawbees, Planks or Makedo tools! We now have some great creations in our Library space!

Mrs. Nettleton, working in the Reference Area ran a session using Makey Makeys

Here is how the day unfolded!

Strawbees
Green Hat Planks
And when the recipe fails, make it up!
Nearly finished and the roof fell in!
Strawbees and concentration!
Makedo kit workers!
How do you use these??
Go the mast up and then it all fell down!
Makedo owl in flight!
Makey Makey music
Proud makers of an owl in flight
Cracking the code.
Not quite Makey Makey music yet!
Code cracked, box open – unpacking the Makedo screws.
Head right in the job here!
Every photo of this group has captured someone moving fast to get the job done.
Kangaroo wins, boys defeated!
Floor tactics
Chair tactics

Immersed in their Strawbee construction!
Proud makers of an owl in flight
Concentration