This Minecraft 8 week course ran during Term 4 and was a collaboration between 30 Thorrington Primary students, a very enthusiastic teacher "Mr Scurr", and staff here at South Learning Centre. The idea was to have the students create an entire world together from scratch using Minecraft. Used in this way, Minecraft has proven to be a very valid and engaging educational tool.
The content was aligned to the school curriculum and supported the key competencies of "Relating to Others", "Thinking" and "Self-management" in the same way as a traditional unit of work with the the added benefit of the students being hugely enthusiastic right from the start. Below is a sample video of reflection which each of the 10 "build" groups produced.
As well as this video reflection, each of the students wrote weekly pre- and post- session "padlets" outlining what they wanted to achieve and how they actually managed at the end. These "padlets" were incorporated into the class blog and linked to their own individual blogs that captured their experiences. They can be viewed on the main blogopens a new window. You can link to the students individual blogs from here. Below are some photos of the students at work.
This course was the first of its kind for both Thorrington Primary and South Learning Centre and was a huge success. Courses such as this one are referred to as Horizonsopens a new window programmes and can be booked by schools by contacting the team at South Learning Centre.