This week our Main Lesson on ‘Fabulous Fractions’ came to an end and the class took a field trip to the Urunga Board Walk, to experience the measurement of a fairly long distance, first hand. Led by an adult and armed with measuring equipment such as metre long rulers, tape measures and trundle wheels, the class divided in three groups. We began by each person estimating the length of the Boardwalk and it was very interesting to refer back to their estimates after the measurement activity!
This was hard work for the children, requiring a level of sustained focus which included recording our progress in metres, as we went along. (When you remember that the Board Walk is 1km long this1 means 1,000 focused recordings!) I am delighted to say that every child managed themselves and the work with interest, commitment and fortitude. I led the older group and we focused on measuring with tape measures and identifying the fractions of each metre and finally the fractions of the entire length of the boardwalk.
We wound up our excursion with a barbeque on the public land in Urunga, which borders the lagoon. Here the children were able to canoe and swim in the very safe and shallow waters of the lagoon.