English Camp for Years 1 – 3 Students: Pirate Day at ACEP!
Monday, April 1, 2019
On Friday the 29th of March, Year 1 to 3 students and teachers participated in our Year 1 to 3 Summer School Pirate Day Camp. It was a wonderful day full of creative, child centred and social team building activities in and around the Ave Maria building. Students were divided into four colours or pirate ships of mixed ages and competed as teams for the most points to win the ‘pirate treasure’ at the end of the day.
Events started after the national anthem and prayer with an opening ceremony, organising the teams and a pirate song and dance lead by Ms Hannah. After that the students moved to their four activity stations for the morning. The first was the fun Pirate Games station with Ms Steffi. Then, it was the interesting Pirate Story and Game station with Ms Hannah and Mr Johnny Goss. Next, it was learning English in a fun way with the Pirate Flashcards Game with Mr Justin and Mr Johnny Byrne. Lastly, it was the Pirate flag painting station with Mr Jay, Ms Sone and Mr Paul, where students had to paint a unique pirate flag for their ‘boat’ or colour to use for cheering on their friends later in the day.
After lunch we had the STEM style ‘Build a Boat’ activity with Mr Alex where teams had to design a boat using only tinfoil, straws and scotch tape. The boat that could still float carrying the most plastic dinosaurs was declared the winner. This was difficult to choose as many boats were well designed and could carry a lot of weight. The teachers were very impressed with the students’ STEM skills!
The last activity of the day was the ‘Pirate Scavenger Hunt’ where teams had to follow clues and riddles from letter to letter until they found the pirate treasure of more team points. This was very exciting and it was great to see the students use their problem solving skills in English too!
Finally everyone went to the main stage and we totalled up all of the points to see which color was the winning pirate boat of the day. The Red Pirate Boat won and they shared out their winning prize, a ‘treasure chest’ of many chocolate gold coins.
A great day was had by all, and it was especially pleasing to see students learning cooperatively using their STEM and problem solving skills in English.
Text written by Mr. Jay Maxwell.