Unloc recently facilitated the first ever Primary Council of Portsmouth Students summit day. The day, which brought together over 50 young people from primary schools across the city, was all about how the young people could improve their learning and the learning of their peers.
The day began by looking at what it means to be a learner and what it means to be a member of a school council. The young people did this by creating a ‘role on the wall’; working in teams, they expressed their thoughts through words and drawings on life-size humans (made of paper).
The second part of the day was all about identifying what their barriers to learning were. The young people created ‘red bricks’ depicting the things that they felt were bad for their education. These bricks were then used to build up a wall of barriers to learning.
After a well deserved lunch, the students moved on to creating yellow paving slabs on ways to improve learning. These yellow slabs created a ‘yellow brick road’ of learning. The young people used their yellow slabs as part of a team building exercise to demonstrate how they were going to use their ways of improving learning (the yellow slabs) to take down the barriers to their learning (the red bricks).
Overall the day proved be both a success for the students involved and the individual schools.