NBPS LEGO PROJECT
The school’s Lego Project began in September 2015 and was set up to develop the social, communication and spatial skills of our children focussing on children from Year 2 upwards. The Project has been underpinned by Cambridge University research which demonstrated the positive benefits of children playing Lego in a structured way. The Project has two parts: small group lego sessions for selected children and a weekly Lego Club held every Tuesday lunchtime and all under the supervision of Mr Holland, one of our KS2 Teaching Assistants. To ensure that all children have the opportunity to take part, the Lego Club accepts different year groups each term as follows… Autumn term: Year 4, 5 & 6; Spring Term: Year 3; and the Summer term: Year 2. The Lego Club sessions are extremely popular across all year groups and, up to 18 children – in groups of three – can attend each session. Each week the children are given a different theme for their models and have included: ‘space’, ‘markets’, ‘school’, ‘Remembrance Day’, ‘winter’, ‘holidays’, ‘something wild & weird!’ etc. Children are given the chance to talk about their models at the end of the session and each week two children are awarded a certificate for showing ‘kindness’ and/or good co-operative building; these are chosen by ‘Lego Helpers’, children who are long-standing members of the club and who assist Mr Holland in organising the Club. Finally, as well as delivering the formal objectives of the Project, all sessions – particularly the Lego Club on Tuesdays – generate a feast of fun for all involved.