Thursday 6th April 2006 by C. Freeman
Year 7 language students are testing their literacy skills in a novel games-building project. English teacher, Stephanie Gonda set students the task of firstly designing a game and then writing a list of instructions to accompany it. The groups then had to swap their games and instructions to see whether they had succeeded in writing rules in an easy-to-follow and logical way.
'The focus was on instructions. It was a fun activity but also really practical.' said Miss Gonda. 'In literacy we are just fine-tuning the skills that students need.'
The lessons, which have included poetry, writing leaflets, designing a wanted poster and a murder mystery based on the Canterbury Tales, are all intended to get the students to write for a specific purpose, either to inform, to persuade, or to explain something.
'These literacy sessions are laying the foundations of good English so the students can build upon them.' said Miss Gonda. 'Last term we were basically focused on writing poetry, just enjoying language and having a good time.'
Some groups really went to town with their latest projects, completing them at home, laminating them and putting in a lot of extra effort. The end results were impressive and created a lot of interest as they were trialled in the classroom.
Students Tristan Macro and Abby Wells who designed a game where players had to move around a maze board and answer questions correctly as they move around. The pair (pictured) said they had both enjoyed the project. Tristan said: 'It took a few days to make the board and then it took about two lessons to write the instructions, the question cards and the rest.' Abby said: 'This has been my favourite project so far because it's fun and creative.'