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19 Aug 2016
Inspired by their English text, Louis Sachar’s Holes, Year 6 use LEGO Mindstorms to program robots thought a series of challenges. In Science, the girls were learning to code, and Year 6 teachers Mr Dean Pomfrett and Mrs Karen Couter decided to create a practical challenge.
“Instead of just getting them to play with the LEGO robots, we got them to design a game with levels and challenges the students would work through,” Mr Pomfrett says. “Working in groups, they test their collaborative and problem solving skills.”
Each stage has a new level of coding on it, which get progressively more difficult, and features a new aspect of their English text. Once the girls have completed a section, they have to video their work, write a reflection, and provide a screenshot of the code.
Lauren of Year 6 says it’s fun to see the robot do what she has programmed, “sometimes you do worksheets in Science, but this you actually do in person.” Her group member Matilda says it’s an exciting challenge because none of them have programmed before.
Year 6 students learnt the art of being active listeners as part of their training to lead Wenona’s Junior School peer support program.
Wenona teachers began Term 2 with a professional development day that explored ways to build a culture of reflection and help students actively seek feedback.
Representatives from UAL visited Wenona to see some of our high achieving work in textiles and design.