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Group Development

These age appropriate activities offer challenges of increasing difficulty, building from enjoyment, cooperation, and effective communication, to higher order initiative, leadership and team problem solving.

The learning intentions for each activity can be modified to suit the year levels indicated.

Examples of Australian
Curriculum Links
Cooperation Games Cooperation Games (R-3)
Students play a sequence of games that help them practice skills of cooperating, joining in, including others, speaking and listening carefully.

Health&PE                
Found.  (ACPMP012)
Found.  (ACPPS004)
Yr 1&2  (ACPMP030)

Problem Solving Team Challenge (3-5)
Students solve group challenges by working cooperatively in small teams. The challenges reinforce the skills of concentrating, persisting, encouraging others, sharing ideas and learning from mistakes.

Health&PE
Yr 1&2  (ACPMP030)
Yr 3&4 (ACPMP048)
Yr 5&6 (ACPMP067)


Mission Survival Mission Survival (5-9)
Following instructions on a secret recorded message, students carry a container of toxic waste through a series of challenges. To survive this dangerous mission they need to use all of their communication, thinking and teamwork skills.

Health&PE
Yr 5&6 (ACPMP067)
Yr 7&8 (ACPMP086)
Yr 7&8 (ACPMP105)

Bush Survival Bush Survival (5-9)
Students participate in a half-day simulation/role play team survival challenge in a secluded bush setting. They explore their skills in emergency shelter building, simple  cooking on an open fire, problem solving and working cooperatively with others.

Health&PE
Yr 5&6 (ACPMP067)
Yr 7&8 (ACPMP086)
Yr 7&8 (ACPMP105)

Drumming Drumming (4-9)
Students use djembe drums and other percussive instruments to explore rhythm patterns and their own creative energy. They build a sense of group success and achievement using music as a means of communication and expression.

The Arts
Yr 4   (ACAMUM085)
Health&PE
Yr 5&6 (ACPMP067)