We know that children love solving puzzles and, utilising the features of Google Forms, we constructed 4 puzzles that had to be solved in order to free Junior Campus Head Teacher Ms Dee from a Maya temple. Each puzzle had to be solved correctly to release the next, eventually seeing our Headteacher hopefully claim her freedom.
The challenges involved researching some famous ancient empires and civilisations, as well as then focusing more on the Maya civilisation. Puzzle solving helps to develop so many key learning skills: teamwork, perseverance, lateral thinking etc. This experience, as with all International Primary Curriculum ‘entry points’, stimulates enquiry and sets up the rest of the unit perfectly.
Adina – ‘At first I found it very tricky but I asked my team members for help and then we succeeded’.
Daniel – ‘My favourite part was when we were able to leave the classroom and collect information from scattered cards around the Year 5 corridors. It felt like an exciting journey.’
Greg Wilde, Year 5 Leader