This is a war gaming group that meets on a Friday.
Students play using their own miniatures or those provided by Mr. Kent. The game systems used are The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, Warhammer 40 000 (a futuristic strategy game) and Warhammer Fantasy. All of these game systems have been developed by Games Workshop.
The games are played on tables using terrain that has been either bought and painted or made from scratch by both students and Mr. Kent. A set of extremely prescribed rules are followed for each game system. Dice, tape measures, charts, character profiles, army rules and in some cases templates are used to play the games along with the miniatures themselves. A game may last 40 minutes or may even take several hours, depending on the size/points limit.
Most of the students involved have their own collection of miniatures that they are building up their armies with and have painted or are painting.
There are numerous benefits from running this war gaming group.
Students are required to use mathematics in these games: - Interpreting data and using probability to make strategic decisions. - Measuring accurately and making estimates as to distances to move or shoot. - Making their army lists requires them to add up all the points and keep it under a certain points limit.
Students are required to read: The main rule books and their army rulebook which outlines how their army works. They also develop memory for this information and begin to recall it during games without having to refer to source material.
Students are involved in gaming: - Using strategy to achieve objectives in the game and adapt as the situation requires. - Socially interacting with peers and communicating clearly with them. - Dealing with winning and losing.
Students are involved with a hobby: - The collection of an army requires patience to collect and to paint. Perseverance is developed over a period of time.
Students of different ages attend the after school sessions and a community atmosphere has developed with the older students now at secondary school giving advice and helping the younger ones.