For the MIT challenge the children have had to think about different disabilities and how they could create or improve an everyday item that could help someone with a disability. After much deliberation, the Year 2 pupils decided to focus on blindness.
To launch the task and to help the children understand the difficulties that people with limited sight face, they undertook a number of tasks blindfolded. They had to use their Be Resilient and Be Collaborative, Be Ambitious skills to work together and help one another to follow a mapped out path, build a Lego chair and try and pick up tomatoes and grapes with a fork. After the tasks the children thought carefully about how they felt during the different activities and once they had finished.
“I felt confused and scared because I was worried I would walk into something, I didn’t know where I was and I had to trust someone else.” Sofia, Alligators
“When I was trying to pick to tomato up I felt frustrated, it was so hard. After, I was very happy and felt achievement.” Max, Alligators
Throughout the week there has been the opportunity for lots of cross-curricular learning. The children have applied their mathematical skills to give directions and use positional language; their design skills to create an everyday item that could help someone with limited sight; their use of persuasive writing to advertise their product and finally their computing skills to create a short iMovie trailer for their product.
It was fantastic to see some of our youngest pupils work collaboratively to design a product that could have a positive impact on others. It was a very much a fulfilling experience for all.
By Kerry Barnard
Year 2 Alligators Teacher