I often use it at the end of a period to give the class a break from whatever else I’ve been
forcing encouraging them to do like reading, or researching, or learning!
Classes were forever asking how much other pupils had raised, so last year we ran a tournament between all of the 2nd year English classes at the end of term. We put each class into teams of 3 or 4 and let them loose, keeping a close eye on their scores. We raised a huge amount of rice and the pupils loved the competitive edge.
This year I was asked if I could think of an activity for our tutor classes to do towards the end of term, and of course I thought of FreeRice again. While the usual end of term frenzy continued around them, classes took part in the FreeRice Challenge on whatever days they could. Some of our P7s got involved too as a part of their two day induction! Classes also watched videos showing FreeRice being delivered by the United Nations World Food Programme and investigated the size of the hunger problem they were helping to fight.
I ran around classes making sure everyone involved knew what they were doing before running back each day to the LRC to collect all of the figures for the day. To stir things up a bit, I calculated which classes were performing the best and got them listed in the daily bulletin along with year group and house group tables. Pupils were reported rushing to their tutor groups to make sure not a single second was lost, the best scores were hotly disputed and books on chemistry, art and countries became mysteriously popular.
Their determination shows in our eventual total of over 200,000 grains of rice – a total we have already set our sights on smashing next year :-)