This morning was the second of our house mornings with the theme of the Olympics. I find these mornings interesting to plan and ‘teach’ as you see children from years 3 – 6 interacting with each other. As well as these the activities obviously need to be suited for children of quite a vast age range.
We planned to run a free-flow system where children can float between the classrooms. In one room the children could build a model of a 3D Olympic Village, in another they could make a presentation about the History of the Olympics (in any mode they wanted; video cameras, powerpoint, voice recorders, make a book, make a poster). In the final room the children could design medals, costumes for the mascots and things like that. The children could choose whether they wished to work independently or as a group.
I found it fascinating to watch the interactions through the year groups. There were many groups working together with children of a variety of ages and it made little difference. They created some well thought out pieces of work.
We ended the morning with a closing ceremony; having watched previous examples and finding out what procedures a closing ceremony must have (the folding of the flag, the distinguishing of the flame) the children then set to work planning a piece to perform at the ceremony. This was a lovely way to end the morning as it bought everyone together and gave it a proper finale.