At Bletchley Juniors Codebreaking Club this week I took advantage of tomorrow being Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you) to use Star Wars as the theme.
The code I used was called Cross Code, a little bit similar to pigpen, but with numbers. The first activity was to decode famous quotes from the films, then say which character the quote was from. I made it a little easier by giving a choice of three answers. My favourite example: “Will somebody get this big walking carpet out of my way?”. The answer of course is Princess Leia Organa.
I don’t think the children enjoyed this activity quite as much as I enjoyed putting it together for them. Even though they had all told me they had watched Star Wars most of them were not as familiar the famous quotes as I had hoped.
The other activities included: mazes, wordsearches, dot to dots, a matching pairs memory game, and Star Wars algebra. With our spirit of aiming high, we introduced some of our Year 4 and Year 5 children to algebra. With a bit of explanation they were able to find the correct answer.