As my 6th graders were getting tired of just sitting in the classroom and learning after a mere fortnight of school, I thought about organising an activity that would walk us all away from the plank of simplicity in the classroom!
8 groups of 2, 3 or 4 students aged 12 enjoyed a treasure hunt around our school yesterday!
They were asked to act in their groups and – inside the school premises – to work collaboratively through a team worksheet with various instructions, such as:
- taking photos with their mobile devices;
- bringing grass, pebbles, sand, leaves back to class;
- asking the student on duty (who welcomes all the people who enter our school) to draw certain pictures;
- answering questions about the headteachers, the cars in the parking lot, the library and offices in the school, the sports halls and the sports field;
- solving a puzzle on a handout positioned by a window in the Teachers’ Corridor.
My students loved this hands-on approach to learning English – reinforcing vocabulary and revising grammar points – and they also remembered things about the school that they had forgotten during the three months of summer holidays!
I so loved my students frantically running around the school yard, enjoying the beautiful sunshine after days of rain, taking a break from usual schoolwork, having fun!