For the sake of your own well-being its good to learn how to relax. Relaxation encourages healthy mind and body. Relaxation through mental images at the beginning or end of class only takes a few minutes. Guided relaxation stories and scripts and widely available in the internet in various languages. In addition to taking time to relax in class, some classes also do child yoga in Pöllönkangas school.
In the last week of November our Run-Jump-Learn-project had a teacher training at Kleeblattschule in Germany. The overarching question of the training was „Why go outside?“
Our focus lay on outdoor teaching and integrating outdoor activities into everyday teaching. With the help of an outdoor specialist, we explored perception exercises and tested various new games that can be played on playgrounds, in gardens or in forests. Rangers from our local nature and wildlife park provided insight into how schools can integrate excursions to discover flora and fauna in the woods into the school’s curriculum.
Another part of the teacher training were lesson observations at Kleeblattschule, in order to get a concrete insight into the German school system. In addition, the guests taught German pupils dances, games or how to count in another language. The pupils really enjoyed that part and were highly motivated to learn more.
In the afternoon we tested ways of combining ICT and outdoor learning when doing interactive tasks using iPads in the school area.
One day was spared to visit the Studienseminar Kassel, where teachers are trained after their first state examination. This part of the German teacher training was new to our guests from Finland, Sweden, Wales, and Spain. In the evening we enjoyed visits to traditional Christmas markets and spend the evening together talking about the past days full of impressions.
This game is a nice moving break for any lesson. In the pictures you see our fourth graders playing.
Instructions: Music is played while pupils move around the room. When the music stops, teacher calls out one of the words and everyone tries to save oneself as fast as possible.
- Flood: get your feet off the floor to stay dry
- Storm: grab someone so wind will not take you
- Fire: dive on the floor and lie low on the ground under the smoky air
If you want, you can also make this a competition: After a few warm-up rounds the last one to save him/herself falls out and becomes a judge. One by one everyone falls out and the last one standing gets a good round of applause.
We had our athletics competition on our school a few weeks ago. The sports you got to choose from were for example running for 60 or 600 meters, long jump, high jump and shot put. When the day started, all of us had our warm up together, and then it was time for the sports.
Every sport we did on the day was outside except for high jump, and it was competed on the gymnasium. The day was also a tryout to the final competition between schools in Oulu, and everyone who got to first or second place in any sport has the chance to go and represent our school on the big competition between the schools in a bigger sports stadium, near the center of Oulu.
Even though there was a chance of getting to the bigger competition, the day was not supposed to take that seriously witch was really nice, and it made the sports enjoyable. On the next week after the competition, there was a distribution of prizes on our gymnasium, and the winners got medals.
Overall, I think that the day was successful, and it was fun!
Veera Härkönen, 6B, Pöllönkankaan Koulu
Every year in June we have a day with many sports at Bäckskolan. This year our students were divided in 20 country-teams, after all the nations we have in our school and in the project.
During the day the teams played football, tried out athletics and hade various games. After so much motion all students and teachers were really hungry and the food was very appreciated.
Last year – while we were on our first Erasmus+ teacher training in Aberystwyth in Wales, we learned about Sport Wales and the „Activity Packs“ they use to help young children to increase their motion skills. We liked the idea of Activity Packs for the youngest so much that we decided to introduce them in year one here at Kleeblattschule in Germany.
Two pupils from each class will have the opportunity to take the bags home and test the possible activities for one week. Their ideas will be documented via drawings/photos which they are being asked to add to a little booklet that goes along with the bag. We are really excited to get to know all the activities and physical exercises that can be done with the contents of our Activity Packs. We will let you know about the reactions and ideas. An additional bag will be handed to the kindergarten next door.