TASC (Thinking Actively in a Social Context)

During TASC projects, children work collaboratively in groups to research an aspect of a learning theme, to complete an investigation or to solve a problem. Everybody plays their part in the team effort and the children choose how they will present their findings, results and new knowledge to the rest of the class. Learners use their imagination, to represent, design and create, to problem solve and investigate. They learn to work independently and with confidence, to work collaboratively and above all, to have fun as they learn. The TASC wheel gives a structure to the group work.

What are the principles of using TASC?

The principles of TASC are the principles of good learning:

  • We think best when we are relaxed, reflective and working with our hands. Many of us like to share our thinking but we may sometimes want to develop an idea on our own.
  • Thinking is not a linear process. Expert thinkers are flexible and resilient, so you can jump from segment to segment of the TASC Wheel, miss stages out, revisit previous segments or work in a different order.
  • You are allowed to think whatever you want, so you can’t be wrong. You may wish to rethink as you go, refining and adapting ideas. You may use other people’s ideas and piggy-back your own thinking onto them.

The images below show some of the TASC activities that have taken place at Dore recently.

Y6 World War Two D-Day TASC

Working in groups of 3-6, Y6 researched the facts and stories of interest about D-Day.  As groups, they chose and agreed way of presenting their information to the rest of the year group.  The top two photos show a ‘lost’ briefcase, with letters, diary entries and other artifacts chosen by the group to tell the story of one soldiers life around D-Day.

Y2 Hurricane -Proof Houses

TASC News:

  • Y3 Science – Forces
    The children have been exploring forces this term and thinking about ways we can see the effects of forces. We linked this learning to our Ancient Egypt topic to think about ways to move pyramid blocks efficiently. They used saws to prepare ‘rollers’ for this purpose too!
  • Y4 Oakes Residential Day Two and Day Three
    Another very happy and successful residential has taken place at the fantastic Oakes Centre.  On Day Two lots more active experiences were had, culminating in a campfire sing-a-long to end the evening. As always, the care shown for our children by the team at the Oakes has been exemplary, enabling every child to have a… Read more: Y4 Oakes Residential Day Two and Day Three
  • Y4 Legendary Legionary Day & Roman Technology Learning
    To support our learning about the Romans in Britain, Y4 found out about Roman Road making by creating a mini version of the layers used by the Romans to create their famour roads.  In June we will be putting this learning to the test to decide whether a local road could have been made by… Read more: Y4 Legendary Legionary Day & Roman Technology Learning
  • Y6 – DT – Shelter Design and Construction
    In our Design and Technology lessons, Year 6 have completed a T.A.S.C project to build strong structures. Children were tasked with building a structure, with a pitched roof, which could bear he maximum load under compression when loaded from above. Children began by using paper to explore which shapes were strong and how they could… Read more: Y6 – DT – Shelter Design and Construction
  • Y1 Porridge making!
    Year 1 have finished their TASC project by making a breakfast suitable for astronauts.
  • Y3 DT
    In Y3 we completed a TASC project. We designed, made and evaluated our own Christmas decoration. We designed 3 different idea’s then we chose our best design. After that we evaluated our decoration and thought about what we would improve or do differently next time. The children had so much fun making them and can’t… Read more: Y3 DT
  • Year 5 – Outdoor Learning – Anglo-Saxon and Viking Day!
    Year 5 spent a brillinat day using the skills that Anglo-Saxon and Viking settlers would have needed. Today these techniques would be seen as camp-craft or survival skills but then they would be basic everyday activities. Fire-lighting Cooking on an open fire Shelter building Sewing Eating!
  • Y4 Science – Digestion
    As part of our ‘Food for Thought’ learning journey, Y4 investigated the digestive systems of humans, cows and chickens, to understand how bodies and organs adapt to different diets. For humans, we re-enacted the journey of food from its entry into the body to its exit. We used various household objects to show this, including… Read more: Y4 Science – Digestion
  • Year 5 recreate the events of 1066
  • Year 5 History – The ‘Battle’ of Dore!
    You might have seen this memorial on the green in Dore. Year 5 wanted on investigate futher. In fact, there is very little evidence of what took place in Dore in the 9th century. It is clear that King Ecgbert met with King Eanred but was there a battle or did something else take place?… Read more: Year 5 History – The ‘Battle’ of Dore!
  • Y4 SpiDOREwick Chronicles
    Y4 started the year by immersing ourselves into the magical world of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Through our reading, we discovered that it is possible to gain ‘The Sight’, allowing humans to see into the ‘faerie’ world. This world contains all sorts of creatures, from fairies and pixies to trolls and boggarts. Once we had gained… Read more: Y4 SpiDOREwick Chronicles
  • Start of our the Y5 Fantastic Voyage
    Y5H Denmark and Y5P Germany have had a brilliant start to the 2023-24 academic year. Our first learning journey I called Fantastic Voyage and this is an accurate description of the children’s adventure in year 5 so far. As part of their Learning journey we have:
  • Year 3 Plant Life Cycle Animations
    Using all the knowledge from their ‘How does your garden grow?’ Learning Journey, Year 3 worked in teams to make animations showing the life cycles of flowering plants.
  • Y3H Violin performance
    On Thursday 13th July 2023 the Year 2s and other Year 3 class were treated to an amzing violin performance y the children of Y3H Norway. The put into practice all they had learnt with Mrs Bell, not just violin but singing and working as an ensemble. We can’t share the videos on the public… Read more: Y3H Violin performance
  • Outdoor Art – Mandalas
    This wonderful outdoor art was created as part of the Year 3 ‘How does your garden grow?’ learning journey. We were partly inspired by the buddist monks who grind up rocks to make their mandalas over 60 hours. We just worked in TASC groups to construct art works using the natural resources from our lovely… Read more: Outdoor Art – Mandalas
  • Y2 Old Hay Brook
    In our outdoor learning, the children used junior-hacksaws and square lashing knots to create rafts. We then used our science learning of floating and sinking to test if they would float on the brook. The children all had a wonderful time (although some rafts were damaged in the process!). Thanks to the parents who were… Read more: Y2 Old Hay Brook
  • Y4 Roman Road Making
    To support our understanding of Roman technologies, Y4 spent an afternoon learning about how the Romans built layers up to create their famous road system. We found out about the different materials used, then went outside and had a go a creating mini ones of our own.
  • How to mummify a body!
    There were lots of children that the teachers wanted to mummify so we acted this out!• Taking out the organs• Covering in salt• Adding jewelry• Replacing eyes• Covering in bandages and a shroud• Reading spells• Adding amulets• Taking to the tomb for the funeral After drafting the instructions in our English books, we wrote these… Read more: How to mummify a body!
  • Ancient Egypt Scale model
    To kick off our Leaning Journey, Year 3 worked together to make a scale model of Ancient Egypt. It included: The River Nile Delta Fertile land Red Sea Mediterranean Sea Eastern and Western Deserts So many monuments! It was super lesson using history, geography, art and design skills as well as working together using the… Read more: Ancient Egypt Scale model
  • Y4 Flying Cars
    As part of our “Y4 Go Wild!” learning journey, Y4 were inspired by the idea of creating ‘flying cars’, like in this picture. In science, we found out how to create electrical circuits, and how to represent these circuits on paper using the correct symbols. We did this using battery packs, crocodile clips and lightbulbs,… Read more: Y4 Flying Cars