Case Study: Lifelong Learning Skills

Title:

Team work

School:

Spring Grove Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Huddersfield

Grounds:

Tarmac playground, MUGA, growing area and off site playing field

Issue:

Grow was tasked with developing children’s communication and problem solving skills through curriculum linked sessions. Working with year 5 we delivered a series of sessions based around World War Two topic incorporating science and design technology.

Solution:

As part of the project the children worked in mixed ability groups to design and build a WW11 bomb shelter. Each group was provided with the same remit, the same materials and the same amount of time. The remit - To design and build a strong structure using sheet materials and to apply understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures. The process of planning, measuring and working with the materials available to build the stand alone structure was a challenging task, and required listening, sharing ideas and allowing the less vocal to be heard.

Impact:

The children came up with some wonderful designs – some more robust than others, but they really enjoyed the session and learnt skills beyond the classroom that are really hard to teach.
Working with GROW has help the children develop positive skills for life including communication, team work, compromising, listening to each other, perseverance, confidence, determination, tolerance and problem solving.
Haseena Kahn, Teacher, Spring Grove Junior, Infant and Primary School.