Here is a lovely back to school activity …. get the children to play the BBC Bitesize game Questionaut.
It is a revision game which will get pupils thinking about all they have learned in the past and is ideal for getting your new class to work in groups. The activity could take a whole day if it was played all the way through and extended to include extra literacy skills. It is probably best for Y6 but could be an extension activity for gifted and talented Y5 pupils.
The Questionaut is a little man who goes off in search of his friend’s hat after the wind blows it away. As the player solves the quest on each level, questions are asked. When the players answer correctly, the little questionauts’ balloon fills with gas. When the balloon is full, he goes off to the next level and the next quest. Challenge your pupils to play the game, test their knowledge and have fun collaboratively!
Pupils could work together in small groups or pairs to play the game. It may be good to make a class book with each group of children working to solve and write up one of the 8 levels – a good recap on instruction writing!
The game asks some very searching questions in maths, literacy and science. Teachers could ask groups to write down any questions they could not answer and then check what revision needs to be done at the end of the game. Alternatively, teachers could circulate whilst pupils are playing, giving hints and tips during the session.
From any of the levels the little man could write to his friend to tell him how the rescue operation is going. He could make and send postcards from the journey or send letters describing the place he has arrived at. The name itself would be great for an acrostic poem and pupils could make posters encouraging other to play the game.
For teachers who are not confident gamers there is a walk through available which tells you what to do to complete the game … you will have to answer the questions though! Here is the walkthrough. It is probably best to play the game through two or three times to get a really good feel for it before you introduce it into the classroom.