Are you a flexible thinker? Can you problem solve?
Do you find it easy to locate solutions to cryptic problems? Or does it take a long time and eventually you give up? Resilience is the key to this game. Looking at problems from a different angle. Working hard to find a solution. The more you practice, the more proficient you will become.
Logic puzzles; Brain teasers, Practical conundrums; Word games; Mazes; Who Dunnit Mysteries? Ordnance Survey puzzles; Deciphering Ancient Greek & Japanese Braille have all been on the curriculum this term in PD lessons for Year 7, 8 & 9 students. They have been solving their way through a multitude of riddles, mysteries and enigmas to help improve their flexible thinking minds and problem solving skills. Hopefully, in time, these skills will successfully translate to assessing challenges and finding solutions to everyday problems, with the least amount of stress or anxiety.
And our students have become extremely proficient at solving problems!
This has culminated in an ‘Escape Room’ style final assessment. ‘Breaking Bag’ is a wonderful and extremely challenging puzzle which tests our students’ ingenuity to the max. Invented and developed by our very own ‘Escape Room’ Guru, Maths teacher Beth Slater, it was enough to challenge every mind. A science and logic based test which every student enjoyed the challenge. It was a wonderful finale to a very enjoyable and highly challenging experience.
Thank you to the wonderful Year 7-9 PD teaching staff for all your hard work and enthusiasm throughout the programme. Claire Coltelini; Dearbhla Loughran; Lianne Skrinnar; Kathryn Avent; Rachel Bailey; Sarah McSwiggan and Beth Slater.
Well done to all Year 7, 8 & 9 students. Keep puzzling!
Martin Procter – Head of PE, Years 7-11