Lego: Building blocks to learning at Freshwaters
Communities / Fri 19th Jun 2015 am30 11:08am
FRESHWATERS Primary Academy, in School Lane, has adopted the technique of Lego Therapy to help children to interact.
In groups of three, children take on roles of architect, builder and supplier. Once the architect has designed a building, they must use their communication skills to describe their plans to the builder.
The builder must then use their listening skills before establishing what materials – Lego bricks – they will need and put in their order with the supplier.
Once they have completed this process, they switch roles and learn to understand the challenges other people face.
Marios Solomonides, head of school, said: “These sessions teach the children to listen and understand, to tolerate each other when the situation gets frustrating, to take their time to explain themselves clearly and to realise what it’s like to be in someone else’s position.”
Mr Solomonides said: “We were invited to complete the training and our special educational needs learning assistant Humera Hamid was keen to go along. Before the course, she had already researched the idea and put it into action the very next day after her training was completed.
“Through Humera’s work, we have found Lego therapy challenges all children and helps them with their speech and language skills as well as helping them socially. Some traditional interventions based on English and maths can make the children feel like they have failed. This feels like a reward which is fun, but they are learning so much at the same time. They don’t realise it, but they are learning and using methods which will help with their maths and English. It will enable them to more easily access other areas of the curriculum.
“I am very excited about this; it is a terrific programme.”
The school is looking for donations of Lego to help them with their Lego therapy. Contact them on [email protected]