Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Walnut SH
At Murton Park we were able to experience lots of different aspects of life during World War Two.
Here is a little information about some of the activities we particularly enjoyed:
Air Raid Shelters
If you were caught in an air raid you would hear this loud, annoying noise (air raid siren) that means walk quickly (don’t run or you might fall and hurt yourself) to the nearest air raid shelter.
At Murton park they have examples of 3 different types of air raid shelter:
The Morrison Shelter
The Public Shelter
The Table Shelter
WASHING UP IN WWII
Washing up in WW2 was very different to the modern day washing up - there were no washing machines or dryers.
First, there was a huge tin with lots of water in it.
Second, you would grab a dolly; to use you would bend your knees and twist the dolly.
After that, you would rub soap [which was rationed] on the collar and the stinky armpits.
Then, you would scrape it on a scrubbing board to loosen the soap.
Once you’ve done that, you have to put the item of clothing through the mangle which would take out all the excess water.
Finally you would hang the washing up and leave it to dry.
By Sean. P. W. Dobson
Gas Masks in WW2
Today we went to Murton Park and it was very fun, but the best part (in my opinion) was the gas masks. There were different types of masks: babies, children’s, adults etc.
The children didn’t want to wear gas masks that looked like the adults, so they made ones that looked like Mickey Mouse. Every time they breathed out, the nose would inflate and make a farting noise which would cheer them up.
The adults would wear a black one with a clear patch to see through.
The biggest one was for the smallest person: the baby. It was tank-like and you would: put the baby in, tighten the bottom, and there would be a pump at the side and you would have to pump the air for the baby so it could breath.
The Government found out the gas masks would only work in ONE gas attack.
In my opinion, the gas masks were kind of creepy.
If you ever find a REAL gas mask DO NOT PUT IT ON!!!! It might affect your breathing. If you go to a Museum, most of the time they clean it out so you can put it on.
Try make your own gas mask!
All you need is:
Black tape (so it can match with the colour),
Cleaned out tin.
Rag Rug Making in WW2
Today we had a lovely day out at Murton Park.
One of the many things we did was Rag Rug Making; to do this we needed:
- Rag (Strips of old clothing),
- Potato sacks,
- A canvas.
First of all, we got the canvas, which was covered in the potato sack, we then got a handful of rag.
After that, we took one peg for each group; we started to poke 2 holes with the peg through the potato sack and then slid a piece of rag in the hole and then into the other one (we started from the middle and worked are way around the rug).
We repeated the same step over and over again until we covered the whole thing.
People made rugs like this to recycle, to make rugs out of old clothing that could be reusable.
I hope you liked this blog about Rag Rug Making in WW2!
wFinally, some postcards home ...
I have arrived safely at my new house at first no one wanted to keep me because I couldn’t stay still I was so nervous. The train ride was boring but that’s pretty obvious isn’t it. I’ve never seen so many trees in one place except for the parks, any way how is it at home? Don’t let Germany beat you!
Lots of love see you when possible
Raynor McDonald R.M
15 Red Royd road
It’s been a long day, I wish I could be at home with you! I’ve made a friend at least, his names James: he is kind and thoughtful. I have not seen dad yet by the way; he is probably with the older men because there is only a few people here and they has to be more people. Everybody else are either tall or strong, I’m like a mouse to them! The other day we went training in a super-secret place: we did things like crawling in mud! After that we went to go and wash (it was a really small bath). Anyway, I really really miss you, I can’t wait till I can come home, but until then stay safe.
Bob, your loving son!
Mrs T Taylor
234 West Compton Street
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Oak Class
THIS IS ABOUT CENTRIPETAL FORCE
In this lesson I learnt about the different forces of pressure, which is usually in a circular path. It forces the rotating body or object away from the centre of rotation. Did you know the object moves to the opposite side it is travelling?
For our experiment we got a smooth, red bucket and filled it with water from the tap, then we went outside our classroom and into the playground. The bucket was attached to a string because turn by turn we swung the bucket around, it was really fun. If you want to see a picture on our topic board then come and visit our year 5 Oak classroom….
This is about centripetal force
In this lesson we swung a bucket of water in the air and tried not to spill the water.
Four people got wet and here are the people: Ellie, Olivia, Angel, Krisztifor, Alinah AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST Miss Bennett. As you can see I luckily didn’t get wet.
First of all we went outside and my teacher swung a bucket of water over her head and then some other children tried. I was standing at the back (because I was scared of getting wet).
Eventually I had a turn swinging the bucket, when I thought about it, it was nerve-racking but after I swung it round I (kind off) wanted another go.
By Oriana Smith
First of all my Teacher, Miss Bennett, swung a bucket of water above her head! None of it came out due to the centripetal force.
Was is centripetal force?
This is a kind of force that tries to push away from you when you spin something. This is like when you are on a roundabout and it feels like you are going to fall off.
A tumble dryer and washing machine also use centripetal force. A couple of people got wet; their names are: Krisztofer, Ellie, Olivia, Alinah, me and Miss Bennett. All of us had a turn at this it was really fun.
By Angel Turnbull
On Friday we had a sports coach come to school.
We did an outdoor P.E. session. For our warm-up we played a game where we threw a tennis ball and caught it - seems easy right? Well we had different levels and each level got increasingly harder. We only got up to level 3, but in total there are 10 different levels. Level 1 was simple throw the ball up clap once and catch it. Level 2 was harder we had to throw the ball up clap at the front clap at the back catch. Our final level that we did was level 3 which was clap at the front clap at the back touch your head and catch the ball!
The next part of our session was a game called Toxic Waste, we had 2 ropes and we had to get our bucket out of the circle without spilling the toxic waste and not putting any of your body in the circle or you lose it for the rest of the game. After we had done that we had to try get the bucket out of the circle without it hitting the ground. Our group didn’t make it, but the silly boys decided to put their bucket in our circle!
I really enjoyed this lesson and I’m looking forward to the next.
Hey my name is Rida.
We did science all about force.
Our teacher, Miss Bennett, she got a bucket filled with water and it also had a string tied to it. All of us went outside and Miss Bennett demonstrated. She held the string tightly as possible just in case the bucket dropped. She swung the bucket round very quickly but she started off slow.
When Kristians [a pupil in our class] had a turn at swinging the bucket it hit his foot and the water spilt all over another pupil! Soon after it was my turn. I was very exited, but nervous. Surprisingly, I just flew past. I did it very quick and if you were there I would be gone in a blink of an eye.
I really appreciated this science lesson and I hope you enjoyed reading about it all.
Skillforce Wednesday 27th February
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Wednesday 27th February
In today’s session I took part in jigsaw.
To be successful you need optimism, problem-solving, co-operation and confidence
Splat. What a great game!
We stood in a big circle, there was one person in the middle who has to shoot one person in the circle. They have to duck down and the people next to them have to shoot each other. The person who shot first wins and the other person has to sit down.
This keeps going until there are only two people left.
The final two people listen while the person in the middle tells to put one foot forward, until they say the word SPLAT! They then have to shoot each other. The one who is slowest loses. No peeking over your shoulder.
I am happy because I had fun with MOLLY
Today we played SPLAT!
How to play SPLAT!
We stood in a circle and one person was chosen to go into the middle
They turn around and point at someone and say SPLAT!
That person has to duck down and the ones on either side have to point at each other and shout SPLAT!i
IT was hard because I didn't WIN. BUT I had fun with my friends.
In Skillforce this week we also played a game called ‘Jigsaw’.
Believing in yourseif
I was feeling down
I did well on my goal because I have listened to teachers and family
I did Splat. It was exiting and there were a person in the middle. They pointed at someone and said SPLAT! They quickly ducked down and the two people next to the one that ducked one of them had to say SPLAT! first, or they would be out and then we did Jigsaw. There were two groups and one had to finish first
I did cooperation: I listened to Theo G when he said part of the jigsaw didn’t go there.
I tried to develop optimism (believing everything is going to work out well) in today’s session.
I’m happy because I’m going home to play on my computer game.
By Theo Lucas Wareing
Skillforce Walnut JD
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Walnut JD
Hi, I am Akos. I love skill force because I enjoy it.
This week skill force session we played hoola and we had to stand in a circle and Thomas and Lewen was standing next to me and we had to hold hands.
We had to go over the hoop. We had to use teamwork so we would win.
We planned on how to raise money for charity.
We decided the best way to raise money is to have a sponsored run.
Hi. This is Abubakar.
I love skill force because we play lots of new games and skill force coming every month and this month we play the hoola hoop game.
The children stand in a circle, everyone holding hands and then pass the hoop around and don’t let go. My teacher said to me try to be quickest.
You need to pass everyone and then win go around and then finish. It is good to put the right leg first and then left leg.
The qualities I used; resilience, listening and teamwork
We decided to raise money for charity. We have planned as a class for charity called Diabetes UK. We are going to do a sponsored running to donate money and skill force said to everyone make a chart and then my table make a chart.
Hello my name is Ryheem and today in Skill Force, we did Hoola. It was a fun game. At the start I didn’t know what to do, but now I’m amazing at the game.
It was a game where you would have to get a group of people and hold hands to get a hoop and wiggle it around your body and into the next persons hand and on and on and on until you’ve got it over to the last person.
Today for a bonus, we planned when we are doing a sponsored run. Not to forget, the class is included ;).
WATCH OUT PARENTS, I’ll be ready to collect in your money!
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Walnut SH
Recycled Bottle Greenhouse
In skill force last week, we did are social action project which was building our greenhouse made out of plastic bottles. We also carried the frame of the house to the outside of the Year 3 classroom.
Once we did that we went back to class and made some posters about what we needed in order to go through with this project. On our posters, we put that we needed 2 litre bottles that had straight edges, because if they were curved then they would have a gap in between them, which means that they wouldn’t stick together. The best posters were sent home to give parents a heads up on what we were doing. On our posters we set a deadline for the 25th February 2019.
By Deasiah Thomas-Nimblet
Recycled bottle greenhouse
Over the next couple of weeks we will be collecting plastic bottles to make a greenhouse, it will be near the Year 3 classrooms by the gates.
What’s so special about this greenhouse? The walls will be made from two litre plastic bottles. Our Skillforce instructors will be there to help us all the way through.
Walnut SH will be the collection point and we prefer the bottles without curved edges to structure the walls. We are going to cut the ends and caps off. Then we are going stack them on top of each other. Afterwards we will stick a bamboo rod through them to make the walls
Walnut SH has made there guesses to how many plastic bottles we need. I say we need 94 rods and 1000 bottles. What do you think?
By Eva Thompson-Bennett
Recycled bottle greenhouse
Over the next few weeks we will be collecting 2 litre bottles to build a greenhouse. The greenhouse will have wooden frames around the edges and the plastic bottles as the walls.
Please can you kindly collect your empty plastic bottles (2 LITRE) and bring them over to Walnut SH. Remember to take off the labels and straight sided bottles only, please.
In the greenhouse we will be growing plants and vegetables and we’ll be using the food in the kitchen to cook.
How many rods and bottles do you thing we'll need?
I thought 103 rods and 1100 bottles.
by Alex Whitehead
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Rowan Class
MAP IN MY ROOM
In Skillforce I drew a map of my room. It contained all my important things:
Bed, X-box, music box, slime, bathroom, TV, door and shelves.
I used different symbols to show where each part of the room was.
What is a Map
Draw a map
Map symbol bingo
In orienteering you had to partner up (Dontay was my partner) get map from Niki and go outside with your partner and try to find the codes.
We couldn’t find any codes at first, then it got easier.
It was fun.
How to read a map
We had to draw a birds eye view of my bedroom using different colours and symbols , my door as a cross and blue for pillows.
A birds eye view is when you look from the top of a room.
Next we did orienteering.
We had a map of the school and had to find plastic cards with numbers and letters then wrote them down on a piece of paper.
When we had came back from outside we worked out what they added up to.
Then we had to figure out the jumbled letters that made a word.
S K E R L F O L C I ????
Then we played 'Do this, Do that'. It is a bit like “Simon Says”.
We started by drawing a map of a room at our house.
I drew my bathroom I used different colours and symbols for the different things in the room. The hot taps were red and the cold taps were blue. I drew the mirror in white and the bath in yellow.
I used a bird’s eye view looking down.
Then we went outside and played a game called Orienteering.
We were trying to find different laminated cards what had letters and numbers on. It were kind of hard. I was exhausted, but in the meantime me and Imaan found them.
We also played 'Do this, Do that'. It is like 'Simon Says'. It is good.
Callum Smith McQuitty
Skillforce 30th January Oak Class
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 30th January Oak Class
What I Did In Skill Force
This week in skill force we first played Animal Noise Grouping. We were chosen an animal and we were blindfolded because we had to find the other animals which were the same as the animal we were chosen. The winner was the animal group which had more people. We had to use animal noises only.
Then we played Giant Whale, we were put in groups of six and gotten a random whale picture. We had to draw it with chalk. Good communication was needed.
Finally we played Trees in the Forest. There were four trees and we had to pick one since we were animals. All of them got chopped down and we didn’t have anywhere to go.
We used the skills: Courage, Compassion and Appreciation.
This week in Skillforce and we played some games.
The games were called Animal Noise Grouping, Giant Whale and Trees In Forest.
The first game we played was Animal Noise Grouping. We had to choose an animal to be and we had to try and find other members of the animals. The animals we had a choice of were; snakes, cats, dogs, eagles, a mouse and lions. We were blindfolded and had to make different noises to find the other people in our group.
The next game we played was called Giant whale. We had to make a big whale out of chalk and we had to make it the correct size like it was on the sheet. We had to split up and do different parts of the whale. Also that made the whale harder to draw as a team because everyone kept running everywhere.
The last game was called Trees in forest in this game we had to choose an animal that lives in a tree and Nikki kept getting phone calls. The phone calls asked her to get things from different trees. The aim of this game was to learn about the animals that live in trees and if the trees get chopped down then the animals that live in trees don’t have a home. People chop trees down to use the wood for things such as toilet paper.
This week I did some cooking and this is what was in it.
First I put in 1 garlic and once we had chopped that up we put in 2 pieces of celery. After that I put in some carrot and I had to put 200g of that in. Then I put in 200g of potatoes.
We had to be careful when we were chopping up the carrots and the potatoes because the knife was very sharp. Then I put in 1 litre of vegetable stock. Next I put in 2 celery slices and chopped them up. Next a large onion and chopped that up (that was a bit hard because I had to peel of the skin then chop it up). Last but not least I put in a tin of cannelloni beans.
When we had done that we went into the school cafeteria and turned on the hob. We put all the different foods in the pan then we boiled it for a while.
While we were waiting we put all the dishes into the dishwasher and waited.
When it had done we dried all of the dishes. By the time we had finished it was time to go home so we took our soup home to enjoy.
Skillforce 24th of January Walnut JD
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 24th of January Walnut JD
RIVER BANK GAME SKILL FORCE
- You stand in a straight line and 1 person stands at the front and says river or bank if she/he says river you jump forward into the river if she/he says bank you stay on the bank but if you do it wrong or too slow you’re out.
- If you want to make it harder you can say lion and crocodile. Lion means river (lions cannot swim) and crocodile means bank (you can outrun a crocodile on the bank).
TANK BUSTERS SKILL FORCE GAME
In this game you have a partner, bean bags and a blind fold. You spread the bean bags on the floor and your team mate cannot touch you, but they can tell you where the bean bags are while you are blind folded. When you pick a bean bag up you can throw it at an enemy team, if they get hit they are out.
BY ROMEO LATIF
This game is a game for anyone to play . All you would need is a blindfold a chair and a toy egg. One person [the eagle] will need to sit on a chair with their blindfold and an egg is put under the chair. The other player needs to try to get the egg without the eagle noticing [by pointing at the other player].
- Be quiet, as quiet as possible
- Walk slowly towards them
- Get the egg without trying to move it much
Cow Alien and Lion
Get into teams of four then you stand in a small circle.
One player counts down: 3,2,1 GO!
On the word go each player must make an action.
The actions are:
Alien: wiggle fingers above your head
Cow: rub your tummy and say moo
Lion: make claw hands and roar
The aim of the game is to get all players to do the same actions without using any words/communication.
If you get it right then you would join another team to make eight players.
You then try and do it again.
2 volunteers will need to sit on a chair on each sides of the room and there should be an egg under each chair and the people who are not eagles have to try and steal an egg without the eagle noticing. Move very quietly and carefully to be successful.
Cycling Oak Class
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Cycling Oak Class
Oak Class Cycling
We started off by running around the track (only one time) and then when we got to the cone we did a dance and some people that slowed down or walked had to run around again.
Our cycling lesson started by warming up by doing 8 laps around the cycle track which was one mile.
After, we chose our own partner and one person was at the front and then the other was behind. The person at the front had to keep on going at the same speed while the other person at the back overtook and they overtook every time we got to a cone.
We went around as many times as we could until Andy said stop. After which was the best part, we went in partners and then at the cone one person had to go in front on the bike, one of us pushed them with one hand all away around the track. After we had to swap over every time we went to a cone.
Cycling is very exciting because you can have fun and learn more. In cycling you can even have races with your friends. You have to wear helmets, and if it is cold you can also borrow gloves.
Andy also teaches us cycling because he is very good at teaching people to ride bikes. Andy has been riding on bikes for a long time. You have to do at least two or more laps round the track.
Sometimes you can run round the lap if you have enough time. When you are riding your bike you should tell people to go on their right if you are going to overtake them or else there might be a crash and they will get hurt. You also have different kind of sizes of bikes because if you were small you won’t want a big bike.
Andy is very kind because he is teaching people if they didn’t know already how to ride on bikes.
This Wednesday we were doing a lot of laps and we had to go into partners. I had to have a green bike because I am quite tall. My partner was at the same speed as me so it was easier for me to ride my bike. I also did six laps so I was exhausted after that but at least I did more than last week.
Cycling is the best so thank you so much Andy for bringing bikes and more for us.
This Wednesday we did cycling on the cycle track outside school.
First, we went up to the cycle track and put on our helmets. Then, we lined up next to the cone. Andy told us to run one lap around the cycle track. It was hard!
After we had finished the lap we lined up by the bike shed. After we had got our bikes (mine was black), we got ready by the cone again but with our bikes this time. Andy then told us to cycle around the cycle track eight times! It was easy and I and the others secretly did more until Andy realised and told us to stop and go to him. When we got to him we all super tired and some of us were even sweating though it was actually really cold .
Not as a surprise, Andy set us another challenge. He told us to get into partners and for one person to cycle behind the other. So we got into partners, going with our best friends. When we got to the second cone, which was at the halfway point on the cycle track, we had to switch places so the person at the front had to switch with the person at the back. How my partner and I worked this was the person at the front slowed down whilst approaching the cone and the person at the back sped up. This technique worked like gold.
When had finished we had to return everything back to its normal place and we had a few minutes spare .Unfortunately we had to complete another running lap around the cycle track and after that my poor legs felt like jelly!
Skillforce 18th January Walnut SH
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 18th January Walnut SH
THAT’S MY HOUSE!
You need at least 4+ to play
HOW TO PLAY:
First, you need to set out the cones in a space (not next to each other) make sure everyone has there own cone.
After, pick a person to be ON.
Once, you have chosen all the other people need to stand next to a cone.
Then, the person that is ON will chase somebody. The person who is running has to run to someone else’s cone and say, "That’s my house".
Unfortunately, the other person who has had their house stolen now has to run away from the one who is ON. If they get caught they are then ON.
Have fun playing.
ALIEN, TIGER, COW !
How to play:
COW- rub your stomach.
ALIEN –put your fingers above your ears and wiggle them.
TIGER- you need to roar.
Get into a group or a pair.
You can’t tell anyone what movement you are going to do.
Then count up to 3.
After do your action. The aim is for all your group to do the same actions.
Can you do it?
Keep trying it.
That’s My House!!!
How to play:
In That’s My House there is someone ON and someone is running and there are cones [houses] and there should be someone on every cone. The aim of the game is to go to a cone and say "That’s my house!" Then the person on the cone has to start running to another cone. If you get caught it switches and the person that was ON is now running from you.
People needed = 6+
Age = 5+
Alien = put your two index fingers above you head and make weird noises.
Tiger = put your hands in a claw shape
Cow = put your hands on your stomach and moooo!!! LIKE A COW
How to play:
Work in pairs. Someone counts down and on "GO!" you do Alien,Tiger or Cow.
DON’T… tell anyone what action to do!!!
If everyone does the same you win and can get into bigger groups.
THAT’S MY HOUSE!!
HOW TO PLAY…
Firstly, set out the cones quite far away from each over. Then each player stands at a cone except 2 players, one can be the chaser and one can be the runner. Now when everyone is ready the chaser will chase the runner. After that when the runner has had enough running, they will run up to someone on a cone and say ‘That’s my house!’ The person who is on that cone will have to come off and start running. If you get tug by the chaser you start chasing them until they say ‘That’s my house’ to another person. Run fast before they get you!!!
PS.I found a great tactic whilst playing this; go to the nearest cone!
ALIEN, TIGER, COW
ALIEN = wiggle your fingers above you head and make a strange noise.
TIGER = put your hands in front of you in a claw shape and roar!
COW = rub your stomach and moo like a cow.
HOW TO PLAY:
Play in a group or a pair.
The aim of the game is to try get the same movement.
DON’T tell them what your picking!!
Can you do this??
Skillforce January 16th Rowan Class
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce January 16th Rowan Class
I think you should play these two games, they are such good fun.
The games are called Blue Whale and Animal Hunt.
In Blue Whale we had to be split into two groups and then in those two groups be split into three groups. One of the groups drew the head, the middle group drew the middle and then the bottom group drew the tail.
In Animal Hunt we had to be blindfolded, then the teachers told us an animal (I was a chicken). We then had to make the noise of the animal and see if you could find the animals the same as you.
The skills I used in this lesson were trust, teamwork, optimism and resilience.
TODAY IN SKILL FORCE I PLAYED MANY GOOD GAMES LIKE BLUE WHALE AND ANIMAL HUNT. I ENJOYED PLAYING THE GAMES
FIRST OF ALL YOU NEED TO BE BLINDFOLDED AND THEN A TEACHER WHISPERS AN ANIMAL IN YOUR EAR AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE NOISE THAT THE ANIMAL MAKES. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LIFT THE BLINDFOLD UP UNTIL YOU HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT FAMILY OF ANIMALS THAT MAKES THE SAME NOISE AS YOU.
In Blue Whale you split into 2 teams and then spilt into 3 teams. One draws the tail, one draws middle and one draws the head of the whale. I drew the tail of our whale. To be good at this game you need to have confidence, you need to listen a lot and also you need to show trust.
Can you remember what you did last week in Skill Force?
It was fun, we drew a Blue Whale, I think I did well drawing the tail. We played an animal noise game.
How did you feel when you was doing this activity?
I felt happy, it was fun maybe too much fun. I felt excited and great I was impressed with myself and helped everyone.
What was tricky?
I found drawing the face was difficult as it was tiny. The chalk was small and crumbly. I wanted to draw the tail but the others would not let me. I sorted this problem out by snapping the chalk and sharing it. I let her draw it and then it was my go and I made it look better and awesome. Not for me some but for some people.
Discuss how did you improve this?
I tried my best, I had faith, I looked on the bright side and had confidence.
How did you work together?
I had faith in everyone and confidence in them. I kept on showing enjoyment and involvement. I enjoyed the stuff what we did. Listening and being respectful, we had to make a noise and listen to the noise and trying to find a partner.
What were the instructions?
Listen carefully, be good, respectful and don’t make fun of each other’s and respect other child. The instruction was never give up keep. They help you do the task and the other kids. The Blue Whale is six feet tall. You have to make noise and self-control, oink, pig and find each other.
Enjoy your day and have fun with these games.
By Tyrone Simpson
Skillforce 11th January Walnut JD
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 11th January Walnut JD
The best game I would say to play are these 3: Rising Sticks, Magic Carpet and Team Trek.
Rising sticks is where you have to lift a cane. When all your team has their fingers under it try to use the most amount of teamwork you can to lift the cane as far in the air as you can without dropping it. If you drop it you have to start all over again.
Team Trek is where you have to lift a wooden plank with ropes attached and have to get to a certain point I would envies to say “left foot right foot”.
For Magic Carpet you have to make the carpet go and turn the carpet over without falling off.
Now I told you how to play them have a go!
We played: Raising Stick, Team Trek and Magical Carpet
I found the game (Team Trek) very hard because the group had to listen to others and what they are saying. We had to lift the same leg, but there is a easier way to do. You need to hold the rope, drag it forward and step on (what you dragged).
The easiest game is Rising Stick. All you need to do is put your index finger under the stick but don’t use the thumb and the others.
The final game (Magic Carpet)
The game is about folding and unfolding the carpet, but DON’T TOUCH THE FLOOR OR YOUR OUT ONLY STEP ON WHAT YOU'RE FOLDING!
Have a good day and enjoy the games!
TODAY IN SKILL FORCE WE PLAYED MANY FUN GAMES SUCH AS: TEAM TREK, MAGIC CARPET AND MUCH MORE. I ENJOYED PLAYING THE FUN GAMES, BUT I FOUND TEAM TREK THE HARDEST BECAUSE WE HAD TO LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY AND ALSO WE HAD TO HELP EACH OTHER A LOT. IT WAS REALLY FUN. IF YOU WANT TO PLAY THE FUN GAMES THIS IS HOW YOU PLAY:
FIRSTLY, YOU WILL NEED TWO PLANKS ATTACHED WITH ROPE. THEN YOU PUT YOUR FOOT OF ONE OF YOUR PLANKS AND THE OTHER FOOT ON THE OTHER PLANK. THEN PICK UP 1 PAIR OF ROPES AND HOLD THEM IN YOUR HAND. NOW THAT YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN START BY LIFTING YOUR PLANK WHILE YOUR FOOT IS STILL ON. THEN WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS PULL THE PLANK FORWARD MAKING SURE YOUR FOOT IS STILL ON. NOT ONLY DOES YOUR FOOT NEED TO BE ON, BUT YOU AND THE REST OF YOUR TEAM ARE MEANT TO BE ON THE WOODEN PLANK. SO IF ONE OF YOU TOUCHES THE GROUND YOUR TEAM HAS TO RESTART AND THE WINING TEAM IS THE TEAM WHICH REACHES TO THE VERY END FIRST.
FIRSTLY, FOR THIS GAME YOU WILL NEED A RUG. THEN WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE ON THE RUG. NOW THAT YOU ARE READY TO START YOU HAVE TO STAND ON THE RUG AND TRY TO FLIP IT OVER, MAKING SURE YOU DON’T FALL. YOU AND THE REST OF YOUR TEAM HAS TO BE ON THE RUG AT ALL TIMES. THE WINNING TEAM IS THE TEAM THAT FLIPS THE RUG OVER WHILE ALL YOU TEAM INCLUDING YOU IS ON.
I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY PLAYING THE FUN GAMES THAT I HAVE SET OUT FOR YOU AND HAVE A GOOD DAY.
IF YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED THE GAMES YET WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR - GO PLAY!!!
BY DALAL RAMAZAN
Skillforce 14th December Walnut SH
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 14th December Walnut SH
In the last skill force session (14th December 2018) we played a bunch of fun games like Team Trek
How to play: Team Trek
In Team Trek you had 2 logs with string attached. You had to put both your feet on the logs and say left to move the left foot and right to move the right foot. When you’ve done that you keep saying left or right until you get to a cone put at the end and then you had to go back to where you started to win! We had great fun playing and I hope you enjoy playing Team Trek. This game need about 3 or 4 people
How to play : Rising Sticks
In Rising sticks you had a stick with helium in it, you need a team of 2+ people. With the stick you had to lift it up with your hands in a gun shape and lift the stick up and back down again. For my team it was hard, but at the end we managed to do it!
How to play : Magic Carpet
In Magic carpet you had a sheet of tarpaulin that you had to lift up, but there was a problem you had to keep your feet on the sheet this made us struggle to do it.
The first team to lift it up would win. This game requires 6 or more people to do.
Overall I think this session was pretty good. It was fun and near the end we had hail coming at us like a bowling ball! The only bad thing was that it was raining and I was so wet! I rate this a 9/10
By Adam Saeed Year 6 Walnut SH.
In our session, we played some fun games to test our teamwork such as:
How to play: Team Trek
Firstly you will have two planks of wood with some thick, black rope attached and that will be your handle for when you move a bit later. You could have a Captain to make it easier to shout out which foot to rise at the right time for a little reassurance to complete the challenge easier, of course this is completely optional. If you want a challenge try and go backwards or don’t have a captain!
How to play… Rising stick
This game will require at least four people for a better game, but it’s optional to have more or less. First things first, you will need to organise a team and give the suitable places to be able to lift the stick without dropping it (you can only use your thumb and index finger to lift this and put to down again) and remember it is not recommended to have more than eight people.
By Abigail Smith
In our last session we played some cool games called:
In teams of five you use wooden planks and ropes to move across the playground.
Everyone has to move their feet at the same time-pulling on the ropes as well. Only pull the same rope as the leg you are moving.
We had a captain on our team who shouts left foot, right foot so we knew when to move. We took short steps so we did not fall over.
The idea of the game is to pick up a long stick with your index finger and thumb.
You will need four people, two on each side. You will need to use teamwork with your partners.
And then you can play this game with families and friends.
Firstly, you will need five people to play with you. Then you will need a random carpet to stand on and the aim of the game is to work as a team and flip the carpet over whilst your standing on it with your teammates. But its harder than you think it is. You are NOT allowed to touch the floor!
BY JAIDEN PARCHMENT
Skillforce 12th December Oak Class
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 12th December Oak Class
We played Human Camera
You put a blindfold on and your partner led you around the playground. Then when we got to a certain place we had to lift our blindfold up for only 1 second and then we had to put our blindfold down. Then our partner led us back to where we started and then we told our partner where we had been.
My partner went to the climbing frame. I took my partner to the big tree next to Rowan Class and we both guessed right.
Last session, we did Human Camera
We got into partners and we got given a blindfold, one of us put the blindfold on and one of us got to be a guider and we got to clap for them to follow us.
After leading them around the playground we went back to the start.
On the way round they got to take the blindfold off for one second to peek at where they were.
After that we went outside and we had to pick up a leaf at random and describe it to our table.
We then went out to pick a leaf that was like us and back in class we made up some sentences about the leaf.
To finish we ran around a lot.
Last session in Skillforce we played Human Camera.
We had to lead our partner to a random place
and they had to guess where they were.
Then we had to swap and then we did exact same thing again.
Our second task was to pick a random leaf.
Then we described the leaf to our group.
Then we had to choose another leaf carefully and describe, in detail, its size, colours and patterns.
You may play human camera with your family.
Skillforce 5th December
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 5th December
First we played Leaf Exercise and we chose a leaf that we liked and a leaf which was random. We described them to our people on our table. I described my favourite leaf as autumn colours and it looked like sand that is wet.
We also played human camera. We put our partner somewhere and they guessed where they were. I put my partner near a tree and she guessed it and she was right. She put me near the play house all I could see was a blue wall, but I still guessed it right.
One of my qualities that I used this week was self-belief. I have been using this quality at home and school because it’s a good thing to do.
We went outside and collected two leaves one was random one was one that represented you and we explained what it looked like to the rest of the class.
I thought this was an easy game.
We played this game outside in pairs.
One player was blind-folded. The other player took them to a new place around the school site. The blind-folded player then got a quick peek to look where they were. If they guessed right they could swap jobs with their partner.
When we were playing Mamoun walked me though a puddle and my feet got wet.
This week I used:
In Skillforce this week we played Human Camera. It was really fun and we had to be in partners. We also had to be blind-folded. Your partner could take you anywhere around the playground and play equipment. Some people took their partners into the shelters! The blindfolded player could take a quick look to see where they were. If they were right they could change roles
I took my partner near to the small house on the playground, but took them carefully around the puddles. My partner led me very close to a puddle near the picnic benches.
The qualities I used this week were:
In skill force last week we played Human Camera that was when we had to describe what we saw with in that spilt second.
You would have a partner, for example my partner was Nadia, and they would take you to any place in the field and once they had chosen, you could lift your blindfold up for one second and then put it back down. Afterwards your partner would take you somewhere else, when they said lift you lifted your blindfold and had a guess where you were.
The qualities I used were:
Resilience, because when I didn’t get it right I took that we had to do it again.
Self-Control, because I could have easily flipped because I got my feet soaked by the puddles, but I didn’t because I said water is water, so I will have to deal with it .
Trust, I trusted my partner because she could have taken me anywhere in the field and or run away, so that does take quite a lot of trust to put into someone.
In skill force we also played a game called Leaf Exercise where you had 1 minute to get a random leaf and describe why you picked that leaf and what things does it have in common with you. Then you had 2 minutes to pick a leaf that you do care about and what things did it have in common with you.
In Skill Force we did Leaf Exercise.
What we had to do was first we had to go outside and pick a random leaf, next we had to pick a leaf that we chose on our own. We went back inside and got a whiteboard to describe our leaves and then we had to tell everyone on our table what was the smell, texture, size, shape (we did this for both leaves) and we had to tell them why we chose that leaf.
The reason I chose my leaf was because there were colours that mixed on that leaf and I like doing art and mixing colours in. The qualities we had to use for this was conscientiousness and respect (respect: for the playground).
After we did Leaf Exercise, we did Human Camera.
In Human Camera we had a partner and a blindfold, with the blindfold someone had to put it on and the other person had to bring the person with the blindfold on somewhere in the playground. When they did the person had to quickly take their blindfold off and quickly put it back on. Then we had to go somewhere else and the person with it (blindfold) on had to take it off and tell their partner what they saw and guess where their partner took them.
The qualities we had to use were trust and listening (listening for when the person was there it gave them a bit of a hint where they were because if the sound was loud or not).
I really enjoy Skill Force because it gets us working with people we don’t really work with.
By Oliwia S
Skillforce 30th November Walnut SH
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 30th November Walnut SH
First you need two people. When you have got two people you get a blindfold. One person wears it, then the other person takes the beanbag, they are now the tank. If they hit you with a beanbag you get one of you lives taken off you. If you get all 3 lives taken off then you lose and just to make this harder the second person has to guide you.
You need about 4 pairs of people to get this game started. When you have been hit three times its time for you to swap over with the commander. If you are playing a death match then if you get hit 3 times in the game mode then your out. This is a game of skill and how quickly you can respond to instructions.
Riverbank is a listening game.
When someone says river you jump forwards, if the say bank you jump back, if they say tiger you jump into the water, if they say crocodile you jump onto the bank, but they might say something like river then tiger and then if you jump back you lose, it’s a fun but hard game. If you're a bad listener this game might just help you improve. If you wobble over the line it counts and if you flinch it counts.
Planning charity event!
We have started planning a charity event. We have decided that we are going to do a fun game kind of event with some snacks from all around the world like maybe a Caribbean themed dish.
Made by Raynor
To play Tank Busters, you will need:
.people (family, friends…)
- Scatter the beanbags on the floor and get into two’s, and decide who will be blindfolded for the first round.
Secondly, the person who is NOT BLINDFOLDED will stand outside the cones and when everyone is ready they will direct the other person to a beanbag. When your partner has grabbed a beanbag, you tell them to turn to the direction you want and when they are ready you tell them to fire and they have to try hit another 'Tank'. If you get hit 3 times you're out and you swap places with your partner.
To play river bank you have somebody shouting the words:
- tigers (river)
1.) Everybody will line up but one person will shout one of the options above.
2.) If you jump or walk into the wrong spot…YOU'RE OUT!!!
3.) Swap places with each other so it’s fair.
4.) If you want to make the game harder, you can shout crocodile or tiger. (this game is very fun with school, friends or family.)
In our class, we have been planning an event for charity. This is an event where everyone can take part. We will be raising money with: food, games and many more events. This event will take part in the Summer Term. We hope you will enjoy.
By Miya Oates.
At River Bank you had to jump over the line when the skill force instructor called.
When he said river you stay past the line, when he said bank if we stayed in for a long time he would say tiger and crocodile. If he said tiger you had jump over the line, if he said crocodile you had to go over the line.
If you are last to jump or you mess up you are out.
Last man standing wins
Walnut SH are doing a fundraising event to raise money and we are going to give the money to charity. It will take place on the cycle track we will get the money by playing fun games and selling tasty snacks.
By Tajay Marshall
Skillforce 28th November Oak
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 28th November Oak
We played 'Copy Me' tag, where you have to do actions while escaping from the person who is IT.
We also played 'Stepping Stones', where you have to get across the obstacles, but you have to keep contact with the mats or the teacher would take it away.
Finally we played Giants, Wizards and Elves. It’s a bit like rock, paper, scissors. The rules are: Giants beat Wizards,Wizards beat Elves and Elves beat Giants.
My favourite game was Giants, Wizards and Elves.
In Skill Force we played Stepping Stones. We had to work as a team to get across without stepping off the stones. We also played sometimes we had to hold on to each other so we won't fall.
Then we played tig, but we to had copy what the person who was It who ever got caught they it was same for them.
The last game we played was Wizard, Elf and Giant. It was a game where whoever was first had to run down their team line and whisper which action the team was going to do (I picked elf because it beats giant). Wizard beats elf, giant beats wizard. My team won.
We won, that’s all important.
In Skill Force I took part in this game called Stepping Stones. To play the game correctly you have to have at least 10 players. You lay cones as a path and you need mats, hoops and tiny hurdles. After you have laid them out you need to put two cones at the start and when you have gone past them you can't touch the floor, you can only touch the mats.
Another game is Copy Me Tig.
To play this game you need to have someone that is It. They have to shout out ways of movement. When they have said the movement they can tig someone [they have to do the movement they said]. When another person is tug they have to change the movement and do all the same.
Skillforce 23rd November Walnut JD
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 23rd November Walnut JD
Today in Skillforce we played Big Step
How to play: you have to get in to a group of 2 or more, hold hands with the person next to you, take 1 step at the same time and put your foot on the floor at exactly the same time as every body else in your team.
The qualities you need to use in big step are: teamwork, trust, listening and cooperation.
We also had time to make objects out of pipe cleaners. We had a class vote and the winner was Romeo who had made a monocle.
BY Jamie Pearson
In today's lesson of Skillforce we made stuff out of pipe cleaners. We made whatever we wanted. We were given one pipe cleaner each and had five minutes to create something entertaining like a yo-yo, some glasses or even a bracelet.
We also played Fishy, Fishy, Fishy.
What we do is that we are all lined up, then the shark says, "Fishy, fishy, fishy come swim in my sea". Then the fish say, "Sharky, sharky, sharky you can`t catch me". Then we all run to the other side of the sea. Whoever gets caught is seaweed. They join the sharks team and try and catch the fishes .
We have another game called BIG STEP and we all walk at the same time and try not to stop or you will have to start all over again. It is hard, because when someone says to step if your team are not listening you will have to start again.
By Thomas Turley
Last session we played with pipe cleaners. We needed to make something with the pipe cleaners in 5 minutes. After that we needed to see which pipe cleaner is the best in our table, then those people who had the best one had to come up at the front and tell us what they made. Also we could only have ONE PIPE CLEANER EACH! One person made a yo-yo, one made a dog, and another one made a baby.
In Skillforce we played Big Step. First we needed to get into groups then we had to give ideas of how we could get over the line at exactly the same time. Then we tried to get over the line at the same time. After that we had to join with a other group and do it at the same time. We were getting close. To finish we had a battle to see who could do it perfectly.
Skillforce 14th November Oak
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 14th November Oak
We played Trenchie Trenchie
You had to be blind-folded and your partner helps you get past an obstacle course
If you don’t you will have to go back to the beginning.
After you finish your partner has to do it as well.
My tactics are remembering where they are.
I have used: self control by not being silly with my partner.
Today we played Mill and Grab were we were in an area and when the teacher shouted out a number we needed to get into those groups and if there was a team with less people than the number shouted those people would be out. If there were too many people in the team and you couldn’t decide who would go out all the team would be out. In this game I showed teamwork, listening and cooperation.
Next we played Trenchy Trenchy. The idea is simple; we needed to be in partners and one was blind folded, there were two types of obstacles: mats which were trenches and hurdles which were barbed wire. So we needed to lead our partners through this course. In this game I showed trust, listening and courage.
Finally, we played Battlefield Crossing were there was obstacles on the field and we walked in a straight line as if we were in the army and if we stepped on an obstacle we needed to stand still. The next round the teachers pretended they had guns and if they touched us we needed to stand still, in the end there were only about 5 people out of 30 left! In this game I showed self-control, optimism and listening.
Today we played Trenchy Trenchy, Battlefield and Mill and Grab.
How you play it is simple.
In Battlefield you have to pretend your in war and if you get tagged you have to get down and pretend your dead.
In Trenchy Trenchy you have to be blind-folded and your partner has to guide you through the obstacle course.
You start off on the field and back.
Mill and Grab is when the teacher shouts a number you need to get into a group of the number that the teacher says, for example, if the person who says the number says five, you would get into a group of five. If you can't make the number you get sent out of the game.
Skillforce 9th November Walnut JD
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 9th November Walnut JD
We played Sharky Sharky!
HOW TO PLAY
ONE PLAYER IS THE SHARK ONLY
IF YOU GET TUG YOU BECOME SEAWEED
SEAWEED CAN NOT MOVE THEIR FEET
SEAWEED CAN TIG FISH WITH THEIR ARMS
LAST ONE WHO DIDN’T GET TUG IS THE WINNER
In Skillforce we played Number Crunch.
How to play Number Crunch:
You need 30 plates with 30 numbers(1-30) and you need to tap the numbers in order.
My team got faster and faster each time by not messing up.
How to play:
You need to get to the other side without going in the wrong space.
How to play:
There is only one shark and there is also fish. The shark says, “Fishy, fishy, fishy come swim in my sea”, and the fish reply, “Sharky, sharky, sharky you can’t catch me” and then the fish try to get to the other side and if they get tug by a shark they will become seaweed and they can also catch the fish by waving their arms.
WE ALL PLAYED SHARKY SHARKY
WE ALSO PLAYED MATRIX
ALL MY FRIENDS AS WELL YOU PLAY MATRIX LIKE THIS
SO YOU HAVE TO PLAY YOU HAVE TO GO LEFT OR DIAGONAL OR GO FORWARD OR GO RIGHT
WALK FORWARDS LEFT FORWARDS LOOK FORWARDS GO RIGHT 3 TIMES AND TURN DIAGONAL WELL TURN DIAGONAL GO FORWARDS LEFT DIAGONAL GO FORWARDS TURN FORWARDS AND GO FORWARDS TWICE LEFT DIAGONAL TURN RIGHT DIAGONAL FORWARDS LEFT DIAGONAL WALK FORWARDS TURN RIGHT
GO THAT WAY AND VOILA! YOUR DONE ;]
NOW YOU HAVE TO BE REALLY QUICK FOR THIS
YOU HAVE TO RUN AWAY FROM A SHARK AND IF YOU GET CAUGHT BY THE SHARK YOU HAVE TO BE A PEACE OF SEAWEED
AS SEAWEED YOU'RE ONLY ALLOWED TO BEND GO GET THEM
RUN FAST SO YOU DON’T GET CAUGHT !!!
Skillforce 7th November Rowan
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 7th November Rowan
In Trenchy Trenchy you have a partner who would tell you were to go, but there were trenches. If you touched a trench or fell in it then you would get stuck, but because this is a game you would be out and then you would have to start again. You had to listen very carefully because you had to walk up steps so if you didn’t listen you might fall and hurt yourself.
That’s how you play Trenchy Trenchy.
THE AIM OF THE GAME IS TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PITCH. BUT YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THESE RULES.
SO WHEN YOU DUCK DOWN ALEX, LIAM AND MR GREEN CAN'T GET YOU.
WHEN YOU RUN, ONE OF THE CHASING TEACHERS CAN GET YOU.
BUT THE HARDER BITS ARE WHEN ALEX SAYS "STAND UP!", YOU HAVE TO STAND UP OR WHEN HE SHOUTS "DUCK DOWN" YOU HAVE TO DUCK DOWN, BUT IF YOU GET THIS WRONG THEN YOU ARE OUT.
THIS IS HOW YOU PLAY BATTLE CROSSING.
In the game Trenchy Trenchy we needed to run and get low.
When Alex told us to run we would run. If he told us to get low we would have to get as low as we could or else we were out. When we were running if Alex, Liam and Mr Green tagged us we were out. Unless we were down low when they couldn’t get us. But if we were down low for too long we were out as well. Alex started timing us, he started at ten seconds and then he went down to five. After Alex had finished timing us he said that now we had to walk along without getting tagged. We could also get down low, but if you were down low for too long you were out.
Some people in Rowan class were used to running or just forgot that we needed to walk not run. Whatever the reason was the people who ran were out.
A few pupils in Rowan class managed to, on the walking part, get all the way across walking and getting down low. The people who got all the way across without either being tagged, down for too long or running were the winners.
In Battlefield Crossing we were put in groups of two.
To achieve your goal at this game you had to have trust and self-belief.
One of us had to have be blindfolded and the their partner had to lead them across the battlefield keeping them safe.
In Battle Crossing you have to get to the other side without being caught.
You need to run and duck down to get to the other side in the 1st round.
In the 2nd round Alex ,Liam and Mr Green can run when you have to walk (I was out). I found this mega unfair, but we had a surprise visit from Mrs Barrett and that made me happy and proud as I understood that being out was just part of the game.
To play this game you need a partner and a blindfold.
Your partner tells the blindfolded player where to go.
They need to use clear instructions and to keep your partner safe.
If the blindfolded player falls into a TRENCH you get negative points and may have to go back to the start.
To be successful at this game you have to have:
good communication skills,
Skillforce 19th October Walnut SH
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce 19th October Walnut SH
Number Crunch is a game where you have at least 20 numbers (one on each plate). This is a team game.
How to play
You will need 20 plates, a marker and a timer.
Start by putting the numbers 1-20 on the plates.
Then putting them anywhere on a table. Once placed you can’t move the numbers.
Then start the timer.
As quickly as possible whoever has number 1 will tap plate 1, then another player taps plate number 2 etc.
For this game to work you will have to use cooperation, resilience, trust and kindness.
By Hajra Hussain
The first thing you do is you have to get into two teams
The second thing to do is to make sure both teams have the same amount of number crunch plates.
Then what you need to do is you need to be good if you want to have a race with the other team players!
When you do have a race with them you have to be skilled at listening and obviously no arguing!
When you do play the game you have to be good at not arguing because if another team does win you shouldn’t argue because you should be grateful that they won, not sad that you lost!!
By Aamina Ali♥
Everyone is a winner not a loser !!!!!!
Number crunch is a game where you have to use a LOT of listening and less daydreaming. You need to use lots of teamwork and not be angry at your teammates for not listening.
The first thing you have to do is go into two teams. The second thing you have to do is pick 2 to 3 numbers, that are on the plates. Then, you have to wait for someone to time your team on a stopwatch (like Liam and Karl did with us). After that you have to listen when it starts and then start pressing the numbers that you have picked. Some people do it for AGES but… the more you practise when doing this, you will go quicker and quicker!☻
To play this competitive game, you have to use teamwork.
To use teamwork in this game is to not be bossy, but tell people to always have their eye on the plates - nicely though.
You also need to use optimism and to think that even though the other team might win, it doesn’t mean you lose because no one is a loser!
Listening is the MOST IMPORTANT thing to do in this game because if, for example, you are the number 18 and you are not listening for number 17 and you are just staring into space, you will then definitely not win! But if you carefully listen then your team will go quicker unlike the other one!
By: Maja Kosmider ☻
Matrix is a strategy game where teammates need to watch and listen carefully to find the hidden trial across The Matrix. There is only one permissible route and only the leader (Liam or Karl) know the route. Taking the wrong route will slow down your team and send you to the back of the line.
To enjoy playing this game you need to use resilience and teamwork to help your team be successful.
Skillforce Rowan 17th October
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Rowan 17th October
You get blind folded and your partner has to direct you through the minefield of cones and beanbags to get to the end. If you touch a mine you explode and have to restart.
In My House there’s a runner and a chaser.
The runner has got to go to another player and say “That’s my house”.
The other player then becomes the runner and have to run away and approach another player and say “That’s my house”.
The game continues until the time is up.
In this game the idea is to line up in the way that the instructor tells you.
We had to line up in height order (biggest to smallest) and then in birthday order.
Sometimes this game is played in silence with no-one talking or giving instructions.
This week I used:
Respect and Kindness.
Then you do order of your height without talking. Then Alex told us to line up in order of birthday and listen to Alex and copy him what he does.
That’s my house
Everyone stands at a cone. There will be a chaser and a chasee . The chaser would chase the chasee. When they catch them the chasee becomes the chaser and will go to a person on the cone and say “That’s my house.” After the person on the cone will get chased by the chaser.
You had to put on a blindfold and then you had to find a partner to direct you. You had to follow instructions and you need to listen to your partner because people were talking. If you step on a bean bag or a cone you have to start again.
In today’s session I used
We needed to blindfold ourselves and use a partner to get us to the other side without letting the people who are blindfolded step on the mines. Alex put down cones and beanbags as mines and if you stood on a mine (BOOM!) you have to go back to beginning.
Alex told us to get in a line from smallest to biggest without speaking. We had to do the month order. Next we had to get in alphabetic order.
That’s my house
In That’s My House we had to stand by a cone and there was somebody who had to chase you. The person who is running can go up to someone and tag you.
I used the following qualities to be successful at these games :
By Theo G
Skillforce Walnut JD 12th October
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Walnut JD 12th October
We did DR-AVPU Help/999
(Danger, Response - Alert, Voice, Pain, Unresponsive)
The whole class took it in turns to pretend to be unconscious by lying on the floor.
To put the casualty into the RECOVERY POSITION
Place arm above the casualty's head and place the other arm across their face.
Reach across and lift their knee so you can turn them onto their side. Then straighten the knee to a 90 degree angle.
Check they can breathe.
You've got to listen to the instructions what he says. If you get caught you are out and help them get other out. Remember not to move if you do not need to!
In today's session we played
At the start of the game you have to get In a circle with one hand flat and the other finger on the other players palm.
When Liam shouts GOTCHA try and get hold of the other player’s finger, but not get your finger caught. If your finger is caught you are out!
This is a simple game that is very complicated to explain.
Everyone sets up in a line next to a white line. Liam gives us an instruction. If he says RIVER/LION jump in the river. If he says CROCODILE/BANK you have to jump out of the river on to the bank. You are out if you twitch, if you jump when you shouldn’t or if you are too slow.
Use the recovery position when someone is unconscious or cannot breath.
Check their airway and call out to see if you get a response. Tap their collar bone with crossed arms. Pinch their ears also. If they do not respond roll them into the recovery position.
We played “Gotcha “
First all players stand in a circle. Players hold their right hand flat and put out their left finger. Fingers sit on top of open hands. Then Liam counts down from ten. He stops at a random number and shouts GOTCHA. As soon as he shouts all players have to try and grab a finger and at the same time move their finger away as fast as they can. Listening carefully helped your finger to escape capture.
You would use the recovery position if a casualty was unconscious. It helps them to breath. However, you do not move the casualty into the recovery position if they have any injuries.
Firstly, check the casualty for a response by talking to them ("Hello, hello, can you hear me? I am a first-aider"). If they do not answer tap on their collar bones. If still no response them you can put them into the recovery position.
Do a dab or high-five them to move their arms into the right position. Lift their leg up and count one, two, three then roll them over onto their side. Move their leg carefully.
This week I have used:
First, all players stand in a line. Players have to put their toes behind the line. If the person says river you jump on the river. If he says bank you jump on the bank. If you twitch you’re out or if you be slow you’re out.
Skillforce Oak 10th October
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Oak 10th October
On Wednesday we played a game called Hungry Snake.
To play Hungry Snake we needed to use teamwork and trust whilst playing.
In this game the rules were…
. You need to get a bean bag.
. The leader lead us to the hoop.
. The back person would drop it into the hoop.
. Everyone except the leader was blind-folded.
Also we played a game called frenzy on Wednesday. In the game we needed…
. Bean bags.
.A range of different coloured hoops.
. To be split into four different coloured teams.(Green, Yellow, Red and Blue).
Rhythm Master was the third game we played on Wednesday. To play this amazing game we had to …
Get into a circle and then Alex would choose a person from our class to move out of the circle.
Then Alex would choose a class member to do a rhythm. Then the person out of the circle would come back in, stand in the middle and have a look around to see which member of the class had changed the rhythm, they had three guesses.
On Wednesday in Skillforce we played Frenzy
Alex split us into four teams. First we had to rush to the middle of the hoop with the beanbags, get 1 beanbag at a time. When all of the beanbags were gone. You had to steal from the other groups.
We also played rhythm master
Rhythm masters when you clap everyone else has to clap and the detective had to find out who the rhythm master is.
This week I used confidence, teamwork and listening.
On Wednesday, in Skillforce we played Hungry Snakes and Frenzy.
In Frenzy we had to rush into the middle of the fake grass and get the bean bags as soon as possible.
Then we had to retrieve them back to our hoop.
We also played Rhythm Masters.
First everybody stands in a circle and Liam had to pick somebody to be the rhythm masters. Then they had to do an action and the detective had to guess which class member did the rhythm.
Skillforce Walnut SH 5th October
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Walnut SH 5th October
In Skillforce, we learnt about cuts and bleeding. We had a go at bandaging and what to do if someone had a bad wound on their hand or leg.
Sean laid on the table and pretended to be unconscious, Carl put him into a recovery position and treated him like someone would in real life. Then we did the same thing but in pairs and groups.
Liam showed us how to bandage a person's arm and leg. He said you put the padding on the main wound then cover the whole piece of padding by tightly wrapping the sterile bandage around the arm or leg.
Carl and Liam then showed us their medical chain which detects if the person who is unconscious has an illness or allergy and they then can be treated in the correct way.
To complete these tasks well we used caring, compassion and consideration
HEAD TO TOE CHECK
In Skillforce last week we watched a PowerPoint on how to treat bleeds.
Then Carl showed us all an example of how to treat bleeds.
I had to lay on a table and Carl pretended to treat me as an unconscious person by checking for broken bones and blood, plus any objects like a phone that he could use to call 999. Finally, he putting me in the recovery position. Then we all did the same thing but in groups.
After that Liam showed us his medical chain. Then Carl put a tourniquet on Markel.
After that we practised putting on a bandage and finally we had a competition for the best bandage.
Written by Sean Dobson
In the second week of first aiding in Skillforce we were shown a tourniquet which is used for very bad injuries.
You would apply a tourniquet by wrapping it around the wounded limb, making sure to apply it above the injury.
Then tighten using the rod until it is tight enough.
The point of a tourniquet is to reduce the blood flow to the wound area this will save casualty from losing blood and eventually dying.
Skillforce Rowan 3rd October
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Rowan 3rd October
People to people
In this game you had to listen to Alex and Liam.
First you had to partner up in your small group, then Alex or Liam will say elbow to elbow, then you and your partner had to put your partners elbow to yours.
It gets difficult though you have to do elbow to elbow and knee to knee at the same time, the most important skill you need to be successful at people to people is concentration.
Thanks for reading by Mckenzie.
Alex and Tyrone are playing people to people.
All of these people are playing hungry snake.
In this game you need to put blind folds on but the first person doesn’t have to because they have to look if they can see a beanbag pick it up and pass it down the line and then the first person has to lead the last person to the hoop. And then when the first person has had a couple of turns the other person who is behind the first person needs to have some turns until all of them have had a turn.
Thank you for reading from Farhana .
In this game we were put into teams and the idea of the game was to get all the bean bags and put them in your groups hoop.
We started the first game. We stood in a line and picked the bean bags and put them in a hoop as fast as we could. The other team won. I was happy for them and for our team because we can make our team better.
It was the second round we tried a different skill and it went well and we succeeded in that round. HOORAY!
It was the last round to try get a point. We tried to do it as fast as we could and it worked out well. The other teams tried their hardest and they won.
There are three skills to get your way to the top and help you win:
Skillforce Walnut JD 28th September
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Walnut JD 28th September
The Rules for Saving someone's life
At Skillforce we did CPR and learnt two words to help us remember what to do in an emergency.
D R: A V P U
D stand for Danger,
R stand for Response,
A stands for Alert,
V stands for Voice,
P stands for Pain,
U stands for Unresponsive
If no response call 999 or 112 to get help.
by Demi Melissa Bean
At Skillforce last week we did Airway where we had to put our mouth on the dummy's and do what we have to do if you find someone unconscious .
First you would shout in their ear. If they still don’t respond cross your hands and tap the persons collar bone.Then hold their earlobe.
After that lift up their chin and then its time to do CPR on the dummy. If it helps when you do CPR sing 'Baby Shark' as it goes with the rhythm of CPR.
Repeat the CPR thirty times, then you do two rescue breaths.
After that call 999 or 112 to get emergency help.
And that’s what you do if your in that situation.
Hope you enjoyed reading by Kiara.
TAPPING COLLAR BONES TO CHECK FOR RESPONSE
SHARKY is a game were one person is SHARKY and the rest are the FISH who are supposed to get across the ocean.
SHARKY says fishy fishy come and swim in my sea
The FISH say sharky you can’t catch me.
Do not cheat (you can’t move when you turn in to seaweed)
You might loss or win.
THIS GAME IS THE BEST GAME EVER IN THE WORLD.
Skillforce Oak 26th September
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Oak 26th September
Skillforce by Ellie, Olivia and Oscar
Last week, Year 5 played Liam says by if Liam, who taught year 5, said Liam says and a command if you didn’t do the command you are out so it is basically Simon says. They used good listening, caring and courage.
They also played rattles by there are two people in the centre of a circle formed by the rest of the class one person is a snake the other is a mouse. The snake has to capture the mouse or the game will carry on until the mouse is captured. They used confidence , caring, kindness and respect.
When they played night line they chose their partners one person was blindfolded the other a guide. The guide, had to help the blindfolded person go past ropes to get to the end successfully to the end then swap with your partner. They used trust, kindness , teamwork and caring.
Last session, we played nightline with skill force. It’s a game where there is a rope through the climbing frame with obstacles in it such as hurdles to jump over. Hoops to crawl through and you go through tiny gaps.
You’re blind folded so you have a partner who tells you instructions. Oscar and Saleha used trust and listening whilst playing this game.
We used trust by trusting each over.
On the 26 September 2018, year 5 Oak did Gutterball and Speedball Ellie in particular really enjoyed doing the activities because they were both involved in ball games and ball games are her favourite. There were a variety of different groups named from colours of the rainbow. Then, they also did warm-up activities such as: Simon says and rattlers but in Simon says the leader would give you some instructions to follow and in rattlers two people were blindfolded and one person was a snake and the other was a tiny mouse.
Qualities she used really well were listening and trust she had to use these qualities because if she didn’t trust her partner they wouldn’t be able to take part in that exact activity. Ellie is hoping to use trust a lot more and allow it to other games plus teamwork would be her personal goal in school because she trusts her family a lot more because at home. Skillforce has taught Ellie a fair bit about communication and how to communicate in other ways like listening she would also love to work on respect and trust at school because that is what they have been focusing on this the most!
There is another activity Ellie likes and that is Night Line in this activity one member was blindfolded but the other member wasn’t because you needed someone to guide you or it would be possible to bump your head and hurt yourself the fun part was you was allowed to enter the climbing frame and there was different obstacles such as: hurdles and going through the same sized hoops.
After the skillforce session is finished Ellie feels proud of her and her partner (Olivia) and she feels ENERGETIC!
Skillforce Walnut SH 21st September
Simon Martland (Smartland) on: Skillforce Walnut SH 21st September
This week in Skillforce we used Annie dolls to perform C.P.R.
First, we learnt about D.R: A.V.P.U.
Alert, Voice, Pain and Unresponsive.
First, remove danger.
If they do not answer shout in both ears
Cross arms and tap their collar-bones. Whilst keeping both arms crossed, pinch both ears, if they don’t respond then
DIAL 999 or 112 IT MAY BE AN EMERGENCY
When you return, check their airways by looking in the mouth. If it is blocked put two fingers under their chin and your hand on their head. Gently tilt their head back. If the airway is blocked with sick turn their head to one side and wipe sick away, but don’t put your fingers in their mouth as they might accidentally bite you.
Check for breathing by putting your ear over their mouth.
If they are not breathing you must act fast!
Put one hand on the casualty’s chest and link your fingers . Then do thirty chest compressions by pressing down on their chest. To keep the right speed sing 'Baby shark'. When you have done that hold their nose and blow in their mouth two times. These are called rescue breaths.
Raynor is checking for breathing
Louis doing chest compressions on Annie
Help! Help! Help!
Please read on for all the details about how to respond if you are the first on the scene in an emergency situation.
This week in skillforce we learnt how to perform CPR on an Annie dolls.
First, we had to learn about danger response then we had to remove the danger off the doll if there was anything on it, that is. Next, we had to introduce ourselves and ask if they could open their eyes, if they couldn’t respond to us we had to lightly tap them on their collar bone three (3) times with our arms crossed otherwise we would get injured. After that, we had to pinch their ears three times but If they didn’t respond this time then they were unconscious. Then, we had to either call 999,911 or 112.
Raynor showing us how to tilt back the head correctly.
After, we had to tilt their head up to the sky to check their AIRWAY and open their mouth but still with our index and middle finger on their forehead but we couldn’t put our fingers in their mouth as they might accidentally hurt us or vomit on us.
We had to LOOK inside their mouth to check if anything was blocking their airway, put our ear up to their mouth and try to HEAR
if there breathing, we had to FEEL their throat and we had to SMELL their breath so we could check for any negative chemicals that they have taken before the incident.
Next, we had to do 30 chest compressions to the tune of Baby Shark approximately 5 inches into their chest and we had to do 2 rescue breaths around the whole of their mouth.
Faazan performing 30 chest compressions
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Skillforce Rowan 19th September
Teacher on: Skillforce Rowan 19th September
Rowan class played some new games to practice their communication skills. To be played successfully each game required excellent listening skills.
Players form a circle.
Two people are blindfolded, given a rattle and stand in the circle. One is chosen as a mouse and the other as a cat.
The aim of the game is for the cat to catch the mouse.
The mouse goes first. They take one step in any direction and then shake their rattle.
The cat then listens carefully to where the rattle sound came from and heads to that direction.
If the cat touches the mouse the game is over and two new players are chosen.
This game is the same as Simon Says, but Liam was in charge so he called it Liam Says!
Firstly find a partner.
Sit back to back so only one of the pair can see the whiteboard.
Liam drew a simple picture on the whiteboard.
The person looking at the whiteboard had to describe the picture to their partner, who had to draw it on a piece of paper.
The game was really hard because describing the picture was difficult and choosing the right vocabulary was hard.
A game for pairs.
Pairs sit facing each other.
Pairs count 1, 2, 3 over and over again taking it in turns to say the next number.
To make the game more difficult the number 1 was replaced by a clap.
Later 2 was changed to touch your shoulders and then 3 was replaced by touching the table.
Each time an action was added the game became more and more difficult.
In the games and activities today the qualities we used were:
By Savannah, Imaan and Amelia
Skillforce Walnut JD 14th September
Teacher on: Skillforce Walnut JD 14th September
BANK RIVER IS A GAME
At the start of the game everybody stands behind the line ready to play.
Behind the line is the bank and in front of the line is the river.
You have to hear the words.
When the leader says river, jump into the ‘river’.
When the leader says bank, jump onto the ‘bank’.
You are out if you move when you should not, if you cross the line when you should not or if you twitch when you should not.
When someone gets out you have to stand to the side.
The leader can trick you because they can say the words really quick and you cannot catch up and get mixed up.
Qualities you need to play this game
In the beginning you have to listen and go behind the line.
How to play:
- When the leader say go to the river go forward.
- When the leader say go to the bank go backward.
- If the leader say go to the bank and you are already at the bank you do not need to move.
- If you move and you are on the bank and you twitch you are out.
- If you do not move and you are on the bank and you are supposed to go to the river you are out.
- The job of leader can be shared among all the players.
- A good leader gives quick instructions to catch out the players.
The best quality for this game is resilience.
From Asad A.
When my classmates and I played Airlock in “Skill Force”.
How we play:
- You only need a strong strap and a couple of people.
- Stand next to each other and get your right foot or your left foot it depends where you stand.
- Get your teammates leg and connect it with your leg with your strong strap.
- BTW the straps are really strong.
- And your challenge is to walk as far as you can.
This what happened when we played.
So I come back from a exhausting lunchtime, then I just realise that it`s “Skill Force” so then we play this game called “Air Lock” we followed the instructions. We got really strong straps, tied it around our leg. I was with a partner, everyone was arguing, we all fell most of the time, then we got a good leader.
Having a leader helped, because one leader gave confusing instructions. Our good leader said things slowly and took their time. This helped us walk.
By Fabio Ali
Skillforce Oak 12th September
Teacher on: Skillforce Oak 12th September
Our Skillforce activities this week.
How to play GUTTERBALL
This week, we played a fun game called Gutterball! I am going to be explaining how to play.
First you collect a gutter pipe and stand in a line so the pipes form a line together. REMEMBER….you need more then one pipe. The last person in the line has to place a ball on the pipe to let it roll. When the ball passes a pipe the person holding that pipe will move it to the front of the line of pipes. The aim is to get it in a bucket. Then you do the same process on and on and on. Then you have to change balls (tennis ball, football etc) to make it challenging. I really enjoy this game and I hope to play it again soon.
Qualities we had to use:
How to Play Speed Ball
First, you have to get a ball and a timer. Then, you make a circle with your class and pass the ball around quickly whilst the timer is going on. When you get the ball you have to sit down and the person who is timing it has to check how fast you did it.
Karl and Liam gave advice to us so we could improve our speed of time. We shouted the person’s name that we were going to throw it to. We also tried to pass it in register order so it could be easier.
We showed teamwork by not blaming someone if they do something wrong and we never gave up. We were really friendly to each other but some people did moan a little bit. We also showed resilience by not giving up if we got mad.
It was really fun this week !
In skill force we played a game called gutter ball. In gutter ball we all had a gutter which looks like a pipe. We all held a gutter, we had to stand by a cone in a line. We were given a ball and we had to roll the ball down the gutter. As it rolled past the ball sadly, someone dropped it so we started again we all worked as a team so we started again. So as the ball started to move and the ball nearly fell so we lifted it up past us we all ran up to the front of the line. The box was very close to us and the ball tipped in and then we all scored a point.
We failed some of the parts. We didn’t complete the gutter ball game by pulling the gutters far from each other and then the ball fell.
1. We all showed resilience by not giving up when the ball fell.
2. We all showed respect by listening and communicating.
3. We showed communicating by looking and listening to Amber when she was talking.
4. We showed confidence by standing up and improving what we where capable of.
Skillforce Walnut SH 7th September
Teacher on: Skillforce Walnut SH 7th September
Skillforce, aka Karl and Liam, gave us lots of games to play at the start of the lesson. They called these 'Icebreaker' games because they help to 'break the ice' so we can get to know each other better and get to know Karl and Liam.
Three of our favourite games are:
Giants (tall and scary) Wizards (crafty and cunning) Elves (small and quick)
How to play Giants wizards and elves:
Last week we played this amazing game, Giant wizards and elves. I am going to explain how you play this game. So first of all, you would have to get in two lines, make sure each line is even. After you have got into two lines, the first person in the each line will whisper and run either Giants wizards or elves. This game is quiet similar to rock paper scissors but we have different actions. Carrying on… when the person has got to the end of the line, someone would have to shout 1..2..3! Then everyone would have to do the action they were told to. For example, if I whispered “elf ” to my team mates and someone shouted 1..2..3 they would have to do the elf action. Its easy as that! We had lots of fun!
Most recommended things:
I would like to share some recommending tips on this game so you would have tiny bit more fun…..
~ try have over 4 players
~ try have someone to not play, but be like a referee so there is a fair game
~ try using most of the qualities ( respect for example ) into the game
~ be fair in the game so we have a real winner and have some fun
Some qualities we used:
Listening - hearing with care and attention
Teamwork - working well together as a group
Cooperation – working together
Gratitude – being thankful
Reasons how we used the qualities:
Listening: we used listening by trying to hear the person who whispered, if we didn’t we would not know what action to do.
Teamwork: we used teamwork by working as a team to be successful at the game.
Cooperation: again, working as a team to be as best as we can.
Gratitude: we used gratitude by being thankful for winning.
How To Play Find My Shoe And All About It
A week ago, we played a game called Find My Shoe! It was really fun and quite difficult. First, we had to take one of our shoe off and put it in the middle of the area! Then, we had to spread out and put a blind fold on our eyes so we couldn’t see. After that, we walked and tried to walk to the middle of the area and try to find our shoe. When we think we found our shoe, we had to try to go to the red fence and put our blind folds off and then see if we got the correct shoe. If we didn’t then we had to wait till everybody thinks they found their shoe or somebody would have to do a countdown.
The Qualities We Used And What They Mean:
Resilience = Recovering from setbacks and keeping going.
Listening = Hearing with care and attention.
Team Work = Working well together as a group.
Find My Shoe game
In AIR LOCK we had to tie ourselves ankle to ankle.
First, we had to move to the left by working together and I had the responsibility to grab the cone. I had caught the cone and then we had to move to the right all the way down the line which was quite hard. We didn’t have much caution but we didn’t fall over. We watched the other team fall. We got the other cone and the other team did as well so we untied ourselves and thought we could of done better than that.
Secondly, we did get a bigger course. I did get confused at first because there was cones everywhere and again I had the responsibility of grabbing the cone on the left side. It was easy but… we had to go to the right which was the hardest bit of it all. We grabbed the first cone but we didn`t work together. T hen carl joined Eva as the leader and he told us more about working together. We did, but other people either stepped too far or didn’t move their foot at the same time as others. In the end we actually got the hang of it. Once we did we were unstoppable we were so good at it. We didn’t get first place, the other team did, but they didn’t win we won for not falling, for not shouting at each other and not arguing.
Most importantly we worked as a team!