Morpeth School uses flowerpot to build new pupils’ team spirit

Getting to grips with secondary education is in the balance for new Morpeth School pupils in Bethnal

Getting to grips with secondary education is in the balance for new Morpeth School pupils in Bethnal Green. Picture: Morpeth School - Credit: Morpeth

The new first-year pupils at Bethnal Green’s Morpeth School marked their first week at secondary education by playground team-building balancing a ball on a flower pot.

They spent an afternoon tackling a challenges to develop problem-solving and working together.

“Secondary school is a big step up from primary,” headteacher Jemima Reilly said. “They’re expected to think more independently which needs problem-solving skills and an ability to plan and communicate.”

The youngsters had to balance a basketball on the flowerpot with 12 tight ropes attached, shifting it from spot to spot without dropping it if just one pupil slackens their rope.

They also had to manoeuvre a ball around a tabletop maze, avoiding strategically placed holes, and crawl into a canvass tube without falling over, all organised by a company specialising in educational activities, Wise Up Team Building.

“These activities help equip them with classroom skills,” the head-teacher added. “They also get to know other pupils they’ve just met.”

The school helps develop skills outside the classroom with a programme of participation, leadership and community action.

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