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

Read, run, write! (Finland)

Year 1 is learning writing skills. This week we were learning to master the sounds g, nk and ng. One of the activities we carried out was a treasure hunt. The teacher placed cards with g/nk/ng-words around the gym hall. Pupils had a treasure hunt sheet where to write the words. They we able to select a place for themselves and their sheet of paper. When the activity started, the kids ran to a word, read it, memorized the spelling and ran back to their answer sheets to write the words.
A very simple but a very motivating activity! We had great fun!

 

Pancake Race – Wales

We took inspiration from the pancake races in Spain and Sweden today and held an Easter Games event!  Pupils from Year 1 (ages 5 and 6) took part in egg and spoon races, egg rolling, an egg toss and a hunt the egg game using cones.  They had to find and collect the eggs in their team’s colour and leave the rest.  The winners were those who collected the most!

Plate relay math game (Finland)

Two teams are given two different numbers. There are six different math problems for each of the numbers. These calculations are written on plates which are located face down on the floor.

First member of both teams start at the same time, they run to the play area and turn a plate of their choice, and calculate the sum/difference/multiplication/division. If that matches with their target number, they can keep the plate and return to their team and send next team member to continue. If number does not match, they leave the plate on floor face down and return to their team and next member continues. The team which has found all 6 plates matching their result, is the winner.

 

Challenge Cards

We want to encourage our pupils to learn independently inside and out of the classroom so we have created these fun challenge cards! Each card explains how to play a game or activity and every card is different. Some challenges require a group of people to play, others can be completed independently. Photographs and a ‘star rating’ help pupils to choose suitable challenges for their ability and environment. Each school created 10 challenge cards so we now have a pack of 50 fun outdoor activities to try in our schools!