Our students need to be able to think critically, problem-solve and collaborate in order to succeed in the future. Through Food for Thought, we have tried to provide creative time and space for our students to explore questions, design prototypes, fail, retry, and bounce ideas off one another.
- To foster self directed-learning.
- To integrate making into the curriculum and bring maker concepts into content areas.
- To solve real life design problems to develop autonomous learning habits.
- To foster creativity and critical thinking within the design process which, in turn will help to incorporate lifelong learning skills.
- To work on elements of an innovative culture (collaboration, openness, critical feedback, learning from mistakes and the review process)
This project can be easily mirrored and applied to any other topic. It is our belief that our students can translate the learned concepts and skills into new found academic or real life challenges.
Through this “Food for Thought” unit we aimed at promoting optimal nutritional insight through quality challenges and real life experiences. We can proudly share that student involvement in the unit was incredibly high and although a balanced daily diet takes more than a school project to translate into everyday eating, nutrition awareness increased noticeably as the children in Y5 delved deeper into the unit. It became such an important topic to them that most of them chose this unit as their learning journey topic to share with their parents last year. We are extremely proud of their work and achievements.