This January the pupils in the preschool classes learn about bird’s life, their food and their body parts. We make paintings, sculptures and our own books about birds.
Every week we go to the forest with our 22 six-year old pupils.
This week we learned about birds. In the forest, we split in small groups who worked together. Each group got a rope and a picture with a bird. The challenge was to use the rope to make the bird’s body contours. The other parts of the bird was to be done with things from the nature.
Pupils in Year 2 (ages 6 and 7) have been really active so far this term. They have been Mexican dancing as part of their learning on celebrations and also took part in a Bollywood Dancing session lead by a parent! Every Tuesday lunchtime there is a scooter and cycling club too.
Every classroom in the Foundation Phase (ages 3 to 7 years) has a SKIP area. Here, pupils can practise their physical skills. Pupils can scan the QR codes to watch a video to help them improve these skills. Every partner in our project now has these QR codes, which were made by the Plascrug Bronze Ambassadors.
The first graders in Oulu have studied animals in science. Recently they practiced classifying animals into vertebrates and invertebrates by playing tree tag. Each student had a picture of an animal which were first studied and classified in class. They had to stand by their own tree. If the teacher shouted „vertebrates“ or “invertebrates”, everyone with a that kind of an animal changed from one tree to another. At the same time, the teacher tried to catch the them before they reached a new tree. The ones caught became new captors.
A tradition at Kleeblattschule is the bicycle training in year 4. In science our pupils learn the all about traffic rules, to read traffic signs and what to do in all kinds of situations a biker can experience. In addition we have a practical training with the police. Pupils improve their bike performance skills for example cycling single handed. In the end they all pass a theoretical and practical test and receive their bicycle riding license.
A teacher brought the challenge cards to the school yard one day, and it didn’t take long until she had a smaller group of interested 9 year olds with her. They tried a few of the challenges from Germany, among others they tried the human centipede. (One hand on the left shoulder of the person in front of you, and the other hand on the same person’s right foot.) It went very well actually, at least until they started to jump forward… 🙂 It was not easy at all! They giggled and laughed and the teacher had to promise to bring challenges from another country next time!
Our 2nd graders got to experience a marvellous day learning in the forest when we visited Timosenkoski Nature School. We had a full day of adventure with problem solving and teamwork tasks. During the day, we got to use our imagination, throw ourselves into playing and experience the surrounding nature with all senses.
TIMOSENKOSKI NATURE SCHOOL
The northernmost nature school in Finland The main target of the nature school education is to familiarise the educated and the educators with natural phenomena and to increase school activities in nature. Furthermore, an important goal is to awake environmental sensitivity and interest in nature and to promote responsible lifestyle.
Timosenkoski Nature School has been a learning centre for teaching environmental education and biology for more than twenty years. The school offers days full of experiences in nature for pupils in the lower level of comprehensive school. The programs in the nature school are planned to support the communal curriculum.
The youngest pupils act in nature led by fairy tale and play. They observe nature with their senses and adventure in the neighbouring forest in all seasons. When doing this, they get to know plants and animals in the area. The older pupils make small scientific experiments in the forest, on the swamp and by the ditches.