Run, Jump, Learn in Secondary School – Finland

A Morning in the Forest with the 8th Graders

On the last Monday of our school year we had a nice morning with our 58 8th graders in the forest near our school. We walked there and each class placed themselves in their own part of the forest.

First we observed the nature there and afterwards shared our thoughts to each other and talked about what we had seen or heard and how it felt to be completely silent and just enjoy the quietness and the beautiful nature. We also discussed how hard it was to concentrate on being still and quiet knowing your schoolmates were around you.

After that we divided the classes in groups of 3-4 pupils. Their task was to explore the forest and draw a map of it. While observing the surroundings and drawing the maps they also searched for a treasure that they hid in the forest. This was then marked in the map. Next the maps were switched between the groups and they tried to find the other groups treasures, and they all did!

We also worked in pairs. The pairs took each other to a place in the forest with the one partner’s eyes closed. Afterwards the one whose eyes were closed tried to find back to the place he had been taken to. I think that this was the most popular thing to do.

Of course, we also had a nice break with some packed lunch.

The last part of our time in the forest we played a post office-game in a big group with 58 pupils one class against others. The game was a success and the winners were rewarded with jam doughnuts. 😊

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Poems – from Sweden

I came to Sweden and what did I see?

came here to greet and meet Marion and colleagues

Beautiful walk we had today

green, white, blue and yellow laid

in the eyes of me and mates

Birds singing in my ears

wind blowing and I hear

happy laughs from this group cheer

 

The beautiful road

Greenery, flowery, chirping

Always good for the soul

Wandering

Wind in my hair.

Pollen in the air

Tired feet

the beautiful road meet

Around me lush nature and friends

but soon our time in Sweden ends

Head buzzing with new ideas

I offer you my thank you

 

V ery valuable

A wesome

C old

K isa

R iver

A nts

V iolets

A nemone flower

E xciting

G rass

E arth

N ature

 

The Beautiful Road

Peace comes when a gentle breeze

sends the aroma of Juniper berries from swishing trees.

Daw heddwch pan fydd yr awel ysgafn

Yn danfon arogl aeron y ferywen o goed symudol

There once was a group from Wales

who enjoyed hearing fun, mossy tales

They ran, jumped and learnt,

Then fika they earnt

And walked back all sluggish like snails

 

Kaunis tie

Se meidät kevääsur vie

heräävä vihreys ja

lintyen laulu

kaunis kuin Da Vinci taulu

Vehreyden laskillä punaisel huvat

Nautintoon ja naimisun an meillä luvat

Y gwynt yn ein gwenyban

Y mwsog meddal o dan y droed

Can melys yr adar nwchben

Hud natur

The wind in our faces

The spongy moss under foot

The sweet birdsong above

The magic of nature