The children at Scoil Cholmáin love our new initiative - the Six Bricks Programme.
Six Bricks is a hands-on tool for learning. Through fun and short activities with sets of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks. in six bright colours, children can practice their memory, movement, creativity and more. Activities are adapted to match the child’s skills and interests.
When children are engaged and challenged in playful ways, children practice skills for learning:
- Language such as describing in rich detail, giving clear instructions, explaining your reasons, and telling stories, which helps you to communicate with others and express your ideas.
- Problem solving including to stay focused, and remember a task or a challenge, set goals and make plans, come up with creative ideas, and reflect on what you do and how you do it.
- Collaboration as in working together in pairs or teams, share turns and the materials you work with, learn from your peers and their ideas, and give each other roles and responsibilities.
In using a set of six LEGO® DUPLO® bricks to create activities that are short, simple exercises designed to wake up the brain and get a child moving, thinking and remembering. The activities are not intended to be a curriculum, but they do support all areas of development in the curriculum.
Every child has a set of six bricks, one of each colour (Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Light blue and Dark blue). The teacher can then quickly and easily facilitate an activity at any time. Repetition brings about better organisation of the brain and the secret of the success of these activities lies in their regular repetition which enables children to consolidate new knowledge.
Six Bricks activities are in development all the time and there are now more than 300 activities supporting different areas of development/skills.
Our pupils love using the bricks for story telling exercises, memory games, times tables revision, fractions, free play and more!
If you would like to try some of the activities at home check out https://www.legofoundation.com/media/1070/sixbricks_ok_print.pdf