Using an 8m by 8m grid outside students will be paired up and be required to collect items on the 8×8 grid. Four pairs will start at a corner of the grid and one students will be blindfolded or be asked to close their eyes. The other half of the pair will be required to give the blindfolded student detailed instructions so that they will be able to go to all the coordinates where there are items. Using directional language students will be able to guide their partners across the grid and collect items. The student giving instructions will have a list of coordinates to guide their partner to, so that the blindfolded person knows they’ve reached the coordinate they will have to pick up a bean bag.
This activity links to the year five mathematics curriculum as they are dealing with coordinates and directional language. It links to the location and transformation sub strand: Use a grid reference system to describe locations. Describe routes using landmarks and directional language (ACMMG113)
The Year 5 digital and design technologies curriculum links to this activity through the collaborate and communication aspects: Design, follow and represent diagrammatically, a simple sequence of steps (algorithm), involving branching (decisions) and iteration (repetition) (ACTDIP019). Work independently, or collaboratively when required, to plan, safely develop and communicate ideas and information for solutions (WATPPS32)
Before students are taken outside to complete the activity there should be a talk about outside lesson etiquette. Students who are more responsible will be paired with students who could use the guidance. Another concern is that students may hurt themselves while blindfolded, this can be addressed by making sure the grid is clear and on a flat surface.