Two teams practised on the Wii at lunchtime, we talked about how important it is that each team can work well together and that not everyone will be using the Wii controls...that's a toughie because everyone wants to! I tried to solve this by talking about the directions being the most important job and that the success of the team depends on how well this job is done....that did work mostly!
I am amazed at how well this works to inspire good teamwork. The groups today were easily able to talk about how it needs to be to be successful - from talking in a nice (not shouty) voice, to being encouraging if someone doesn't quite go the right way, get the photo first time etc...Fab!
We then had an afternoon that started with us visiting KS1, Reception & Nursery to give them our PPT Advent calendar - full of animations and messages - and then went back to the Serengeti for a 'Where in the World'/habitats/how to look after animals etc
I used Google Earth right from the start, loading - where's Africa? Where's Tanzania? How do we find the Serengeti? My class loved this - what an impressive classroom tool it is - we looked at the photos it gave us and knew how to do this from our google maps session a couple of weeks ago. We talked about the landscape, the differences and what we could work out from the things
we saw...such as dry brown grass = hot weather.
We then talked about the roads there, somebody asked why they weren't like ours, ie tarmac This led to a great discussion about who is important there, humans or animals? I also showed a couple of safari like films I had previously downloaded and checked from utube. The ones I'd chosen had lots of film about elephants and rhinos which led to another good discussion about tusks, horns and hunters....great session, all fully engaged...
Then on to afternoon play and another group on the Wii....I think I will need to give up all my lunchtimes etc this week in aid of this project, not that I mind at all and next time I will know that I need to make time for the children to get used to the game!..
So far so good!