Midlands Meander Education Project News February 2017
From the team at the MMEP – We Love What We Do!
Our team of Bugs each have expertise in their own fields of Life Skills, Literacy, Environmental Education, Maths and Technology and have had a great start to the year. We’re working with teachers and pupils to make learning meaningful and fun!
Bringing CAPs to Life
Fiona our techno-Bug has had great fun this month teaching about structures, resistance and strength using real-life materials. The Grade 9’s at Shea O’Connor School near Rosetta had a lesson on “orthographic projections”. The learners built a ramp out of wood and drew plans of the ramp on isometric graph paper that a construction team across the world could use to produce the very same ramp from scratch- even if they hadn’t seen an example. Much enthusiasm and class participation ensued!
Zinhle our Life Skills Bug held a lesson on self-esteem and the changes that happen to children’s growing bodies. The girls in the class asked if they could talk to her alone and so the boys were sent outside for a lesson with another of our Bugs. The girls got a chance to share stories, feelings, laughter and camaraderie in a safe space, all the while learning vital information and how to feel good about themselves. After the lesson, one of the girls said to Zinhle, “Eyi Miss wangikhulula”, which means “I feel so relieved”.
Word Search Fun
Learning English as a second language is a big challenge. Lesle our Literacy bug put a lot of work into making this word search to make learning fun. The class was split up and given packs of letters which they needed to lay out in an order according to their numbers. This was an excellent exercise in communication, teamwork and following instructions. The children enjoyed spotting the words from the vocabulary they had been learning and we’ll definitely use this resource again.