Finland finished the distance learning period halfway through May and we returned back to school to learn. As we all know, returning did not mean going back to school as it was before the Covid19, but getting back to new normal with keeping distance and washing hands. We have been encouraged to teach and learn outside and this we did. Luckily we had a ton of activities ready to be utilized from our Run, jump, learn! project! We have done outdoor math and science as we learned in Kisa, Sweden, kept our distance in „our gardens“ as we learned in Aberystwyth, Wales, did forest activities learned in Wehretal, Germany and outdoor sports activities as we learned in Gijon, Spain. Thank you partners! In the following photos you will get a glimpse of some year 2 learning activities outside studying Finnish, art, math and science.
Our pupils in year 1 have had the opportunity to travel to Astrid Lindgren’s World in Vimmerby. There we could visit all the places from Astrid’s books and play all day. We were Ronja and Pippi and Karlsson on the roof, Emil and all the other figures. At Emils place we saw a play how Emil teached Ida not to say expletives. As allways with him, it ended in the woodshed. At the end of the day we had a singelong with Pippi and others. It was a great day.
Hi friends in Europe! Our little green dragon Konstantin will tell and show you what school is like in Germany during times of the coronavirus. We send you huge distance hugs! Stay healthy!
Today we tried two challenges that we got from Germany. The „Sailing trip“ was fun, especially the fight with sharks. The „Wall sitting“ was hard on our legs but we fought!
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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.
Thank you to the pupils of Kleeblattschule Wehretal in Germany for the lovely Christmas cards and advent calendar. We have been enjoying opening the windows. The pupils in Year 1 have been learning about letters so it was really special to receive a letter from another country! We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Nadolig Llawen!
It is a matter of common knowledge that Santa is from Finland and so are the wonderfull Me-Me-Me letters that we received this week! What great fun to read about the likes and dislikes or interessting facts about our partner school’s pupils. Thank you Finland – also for the DIY Christmas tree and the card!
In September our latest Teacher Training was held at the C.P. ATALÌA in Gijon. Teachers from four countries visited the Spanish partner school and experienced a varied and exciting programme. We got to know the school and its everyday school life. During the week we got to know and tried activities for pupils and classes. We were very happy to join in different exercises which can easily be integrated into our daily school life. We really enjoyed the sports day at the local sports center. We also learned about the yoga concept of C.P. ATALÌA. Another highlight for us teachers was a kayak trip on the river Sella. Many thanks to the Spanish team for the wonderful days!
The last 6 weeks before the summer break all pupils and staff at Bäcksskolan decided to run and go even more than usual. We had different challenges and activities to make it fun. In the breaks we run through the forest, the staff had a competition which team goes most kilometer and all classes walked a lot trough our town. One day we have had a race in our park with music and real number patches. Every kilometer was noted on a board and we tried to run the whole way from Kisa to Gijon. It was very exciting. Could we realy run 2800km together? The last week many pupils run an extra lap in the breaks and so we did it at last!
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. 😊