The Floor is Lava!

During one of our rainy day P.E. lessons, Haffydown Class recently took part in a thrilling and educational activity that had everyone on the edge of their seats – or rather, the edge of the floor! Our students honed their orienteering skills in the most fun way possible by playing a game of “The Floor is Lava.”

The challenge was simple yet exhilarating: the entire team had to get from one side of the hall to the other without touching the floor, which was, of course, “lava.” This meant using various pieces of equipment to navigate their way across safely. The activity wasn’t just about physical agility but also about fostering essential life skills.

One of the most important aspects of this activity was the emphasis on teamwork. The children had to work together to plan and execute their strategy. They learned to listen to each other’s ideas, read each other’s body language, and find their own unique roles within the team. This collaborative effort was crucial for their success.

To add an extra layer of challenge and fun, we also tried completing the task in silence. This twist required the students to rely even more on non-verbal communication. It was amazing to see how quickly they adapted, using gestures and eye contact to convey their ideas and strategies.

We mixed up the teams frequently, giving everyone the chance to work with different classmates. This not only helped them make new friends but also exposed them to various leadership styles and problem-solving approaches. Some students discovered leadership qualities they didn’t know they had, while others excelled in supportive roles.

By the end of the session, Haffydown had not only successfully navigated the “lava” but also strengthened their teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. They learned the importance of cooperation, trust, and the value of every team member’s input.