Simple Current Affairs Game for Children

The following seems to be going down well with my class. They are both enjoying it and seem to be learning more about current affairs at the same time.

What it is

Once a week when the children (who are 10 or 11 years old) come into class for morning registration, I’ll have something like this up on the whiteboard.

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The game is simple. They need to do three things:

  1. spot the mistakes on the site
  2. say what the correction should be and
  3. explain what the story is about.

So, for example, with the above they’d need to

  1. spot that it shouldn’t be Holly and Drew, (or Amelia, or Nora, or Armand);
  2. suggest something close to businesses and
  3. explain that it has to do with the Scottish vote for independence and businesses saying they will move south if Scotland breaks away from the Union.

So far, the children are in loose teams but (and I’m pleased about this) they’re more interested in the stories behind the news than points. So far the feedback has been good, from children and parents. Continue reading Simple Current Affairs Game for Children

Couple of School Projects

There are a couple of mini-projects I thought I’d share.

FPS Zoo

The first is the FPS Zoo. Most of our Year 6 have finished exams so this is an experiment to tie in various cross-curricular themes in (hopefully) a fun way. The idea is to make a zoo full of made-up animals. Science will be looking at classifications, evolution and the like; art will be looking at life drawings of animals; geography will be looking at climates and wildlife; history will be looking at the history of exploration and animals in captivity; PSHE will be looking at endangered species and IT will be looking at presenting all this information. The site is in countdown mode with a couple of examples to show the children what could be done but I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

Factoodles

The second is a tool for morning registrations. It’s still in development but you can see the beginnings here. Every morning there are a number of notices I always put up on the Whiteboard. These are basically general points of interest to spark some conversations (born on this day, this day in history, in the news and the like) and school messages (homeworks dues in, school concert dates etc). So I thought I’d try to automate it using some RSS feeds and Wikipedia.

Would love any feedback on either!