Very exciting to train new facilitators who will be taking on the big task of training Grade R, 1, 2 and 3 teachers in the new year. The training took place over 3 days - new friendships were forged and excitement levels are high, ready to begin with the Foundation Phase Initiative training.
Sarah Wolman from the LEGO Foundation visited South Africa to see some of the work being done by Care for Education. One of the visits included Blair Atholl Primary School. Seeing Six Bricks and the mat in action.
From the 7 - 9th November the mentors and trainers from the Eastern Cape Department of Education were trained on how to implement, mentor and motivate teachers for the Grade 1 Learning through Play initiative.
On the 5th and 6th November the School Management Teams from districts in the Eastern Cape joined an information workshop around using Six Bricks as a manipulative to bring learning through play into the classroom. There were over 200 representatives over the 2 days.
A fantastic 3 days spent with this team to pave the way for the Foundation Phase Initiative project. Thank you for all your insights and ideas.
A visit to Kroonstad to motivate the SMT's about the 'Learning through Play' project. Six Bricks was a hit!
These 3 schools were visited to see the impact of learning through play using the Six Bricks tool. The children were engaged and definitely having fun!
CFE and the LEGO Foundation visited this parent/child workshop that took place at the Afrika Tikkun Centre in Diepsloot. It was wonderful to see how the parents engaged and played with their children. There is no cost to play - you have everything you need.
Luba Schotter ran a 3 hour training session in Durban for a number of organisations and ECD centres. The participation level was high and practitioners enjoyed being creative builders.
The Foundation Phase Initiative (FPI) has kicked off in the Free State. Fifteen delegates from the province joined for a day of Six Bricks fun, exploring, learning and finding out what this tool can bring to the FP classroom.
The Foundation Phase teachers at Lion Park School are starting to use Six Bricks in their teaching and learning. The children are enjoying the fun and playful activities.
Care for Education is partnering with PEN to provide resources for the ECD centres they are working with in Pretoria inner city. PEN takes the teachers from these centres on a journey, to upgrade and resource their creches, and to positively impact the teaching and learning taking place. CFE visited PEN and an ECD centre to see the wonderful work that teachers are doing using Six Bricks.
The 6th Annual Township Robotics competition took place in Atteridgeville. 150 learners from five different schools participated, with eager parents supporting and cheering!
The Foundation Phase teachers received a second round of training for Six Bricks. The training had a specific focus on improving literacy and reading. Teachers also did activities that linked Six Bricks directly with the CAPS curriculum.
Many teachers from Parktown Girls High School let their hair down and played! They experienced Six Bricks as a tool to encourage the development of skills and competencies beyond the curriculum.
Interesting presentations and discussions reflecting on the implementation of the National Integrated Policy of 2015. Presentations by Marie-Louise Samuels from DBE and Isabella Sekawana from DSD. Thank you to Bridge for another great session.
Gauteng held their regional competition for WRO at the Tshwane University of Technology on the 3rd and 4th August. A number of teams showed their skills in WeDo, Explorer, Football and Regular categories.
The Foundation Phase teachers at Blair Atholl Primary are integrating Six Bricks and the Six Bricks mat into their school day. The children are loving the playful nature of the activities and every child is engaged!
The Facilitator Course provides practitioners with the facilitation skills and content to run Play Box Level 1 and 2 training sessions.
These participants have now completed all 3 levels of the Six Bricks training. The Deep Dive for Six Bricks encourages participants to find new and different ways to include this tool in playful learning.
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