Today was ‘test and assess’ day for our Matariki golf course. After our initial planning and LEGO prototyping in the Makerspace each year 5/6 class worked to create their very individual and challenging golf hole. The creativity, perseverance and sheer determination shine through! Today learners (and a few teachers who couldn’t resist the competition!) stepped up to test and trial. The afternoon was spent revisiting, refining and improving. Tomorrow lunchtime we ‘open for business’ then in the afternoon each day for the rest of the week our seniors will buddy up with juniors to let them try their luck. The course is fantastic and many of the individual ‘degrees of difficulty’ exceeded both mine and the classroom teachers expectations. I particularly loved the ‘Seesaw’ into the hole, the ‘spinning star’ which you had to get just right or your ball careered off and the colourful Matariki shooting star ‘tunnels’ were vibrant and a real hit!
Tomorrow the initial planning teams will also have the opportunity to assess each hole - deciding on the ‘par’, giving points for design, creativity, degree of difficulty, sticking to plan etc.
This challenge covered so many curriculum areas, nurtured deep thinking and allowed creativity and individuality while also including constant collaboration and teamwork. I’d love to be able to do this with more permanent materials and have a community course on our school grounds. HUGE potential...
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.