Monday, May 22, 2017


Last week we experienced the normal inclement weather conditions Auckland so regularly dishes us. Unfortunately, that meant that on Thursday morning instead of heading out to the bikes we decided it would be too dangerous and something else needed to take it's place.

It's pretty difficult finding something to replace PE in A5 & 6. The students really value getting outside and playing competitive, skills based games or activities together.

Sam and I were in a predicament...
What could we replace the bikes with that would still add value to all our learning, yet still be described as FUN?

Sam to the rescue, "Let's play 'The Game of Awesome'!"
"Of course!" I replied.

The best way to explain 'The Game of Awesome' is from our very own national Ministry of Education Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website as that is where it has been produced, marketed and delivered to NZ schools in response to the growing concern over boys writing. The beautiful thing is that not only boys love the game, the girls had just as much fun!

Scroll down for photos of our students playing and the TKI sites description of the game. Best place to go if you want to know more? Ask your kids :)

Game of Awesome

Game of Awesome is a card game for 3-6 players designed to engage and inspire kids, specifically boys, to tell stories and learn to write. Playing the game helps students generate ideas quickly which they can explore, expand and write stories.
The basic game has been produced as four sets of cards containing topics, themes and ideas that students years 5-8 will find interesting, involving and often ridiculous! The cards can be used independently or mixed and matched to create new combinations and infinitely more ideas.
The game is easy to learn for both students and teachers, quick to play and easily employs a range of learning outcomes by using new rules, templates and other teacher support materials provided as free downloadable, printable files.
Watch the video to find out why Game of Awesome is worth checking out!

Source: Ministry of Education TKI teacher resource and information site:

A5 & 6 Engaged:


Game of Awesome is definitely here to stay! Looking forward to reading some of the writing that will be generated due to the 'AWESOME' conversations students engaged in during play :)

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