DLS board game competition

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Year 7 DLS pupils designed board games this week to help with their revision for end of year exams which will also be used by the new Year 7s in September. The games were peer-assessed and the feedback on playability, learning and presentation were considered in the final deliberations. The teacher choice winner for Year 7 was Noah Stanford who showed independence to create a History themed Monopoly game in which players encountered different eras as they travelled around the board. Milo Gross’ well-presented game ‘Industry’ put pupils’ maths skills to the test with the added risk of getting a gambling card to keep you on your toes.

The pupil choice for Year 7 was Will Butters whose clever twist on Monopoly set the players the challenge of collecting material to build Tudor houses by answering questions about all topics in the Year 7 History curriculum. Matthew Jones’ ‘Geography Wars’ tested players knowledge and skill of a wide range of Geographical concepts by posing questions to be answered in order to compete for territory on the map.

For the Year 8 pupils, the challenge this term was to plan and produce a game to help next year’s Year 8 with revising for their exams including visual, auditory and kinesthetic elements to reinforce learning. Pupils then played and evaluated each other’s games. Head of DLS, Kate Harper, said: “There were many well thought out and colourful games so choosing winners was very tricky.”

The overwhelming pupil choice was Fenton Sinclair whose game included mental maths and British Bulldog which was great fun to play. In joint second place was Louis Binfield whose colourful History game taught the Year Group lots of facts about Henry VIII and Max Cunliffe whose game included a puzzle that had to be put together when you got the answers right. The teacher’s choice goes to Will Harby with his well-presented Maths angles game and Amaya Candappa for her amusing forfeits game where you had to complete actions whilst answering questions.

The Year 9 DLS pupils were tasked with designing a card game that would help with revision for next year’s Year 9. The card games were judged on their appropriateness as a revision tool, peer evaluation and entertainment value. The teacher choice for Year 9 was Charlotte Davenport’s game ‘What’s the Answer?’. The game was very well thought out with all eventualities accounted for in the rules – a beautifully presented and detailed game. Felix Laurence was also the teachers choice with his game called ‘Magic Maths’. Felix won based on the clever design and simple yet effective aim and rules which were clear and easy to follow.

The pupils choice for Year 9 was Alex Brown. His game ‘Code Fish’ scored very highly in the playability category. Comments indicated that he had pitched the game at just the right level and made a complex subject accessible and fun. Edmund Leung’s game ‘Question Wars’ ticked all the boxes for presentation, the learning aspect and entertainment. Well done to all our DLS pupils for their hard work and creative thinking.