Our team building activity this week was to use different lengths of drainpipe to enable a ball to roll along them and land in a bucket at the end. Of course it wasn’t as simple as that… the bucket was further away than the length of the drainpipes put together. The children had to learn how to work together and comminucate to work towards the common goal of getting the ball in the bucket without it dropping to the floor.
Teambuilding activiites focus on collaboration and co-operation , not competition. When a team work together to solve a challenge everyone in the group wins and all children have a positive experience. The skills learned from being part of a team are essential in everyday life in school and at home.
We took advantage of the lovely weather today and ventured up to the Secret Garden. We played ‘Winter Dragon’ a great co-operative game and then took part in a teambuilding exercise – making a den! It was lovely to see the children working together, practising their communication skills, judging when to listen to others and accept their propsals and when to press forward with their own ideas. All the children tried really hard and were proud of their achievements. To finish off the afternoon we made new Tree Bogarts from clay to live in the garden. Do you like them?
We have had lots of discussions about telling the truth in Nurture this week. We’ve talked about why it is important to tell the truth , which sort of things are VERY IMPORTANT to be truthful about and other siutations when it is still IMPORTANT to tell the truth about what happened. We realised there are other times when it is OK to tell a small white lie to stop somebody from feeling hurt. We also talked about how we should NEVER keep a secret that feels wrong or uncomfortable.