We really enjoyed our termly curriculum enrichment week, which we named Crystal Maze Week. Having bought each class a variety of traditional family and board games (which can now be used for wet lunchtimes!) the aim of the week was to encourage children to work and play co-operatively together, using and making board games and enable them to:
- Consider the concept of rules
- Practice following rules
- Reason about moral problems
- Detect patterns
- Plan ahead
- Predict the outcome of alternative moves
- learn from experience
Just by virtue of playing them, board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen children’s attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game. Even simple board games like Snakes and Ladders offer meta-messages and life skills: Your luck can change in an instant — for the better or for the worse. The message inherent in board games is: Never give up. Just when you feel despondent, you might hit the jackpot and ascend up high, if you stay in the game for just a few more moves.
We also developed the children’s literacy skills, by focussing on instructional writing as the children made their own board games. Problem solving skills were also developed in numeracy lessons. This was an enjoyable and enriching week for the staff and children!
Have a look on our Gallery for all the photos from the week.