During the week in Wehretal in Germany we teachers learned many nice things to do with pupils, both outdoors and in the classroom. We are looking forward of trying the outdoor games this spring! Here are two examples of some nice classroom games, which already have become part of our lessons.
The first one is a good game for learning for example vocabulary in foreign languages. We had just talked about names of animals in Swedish with the sixth-graders and wanted to practice the vocabulary a bit more. The teacher had made small cards only with pictures of the animals, so the pupils had to know the names of the animals in Swedish. First we tried to remember the vocabulary together and after that every pupil got a card of his/her own. The pupils started to move in the classroom, and every time they met each other they had to ask “Which animal do you have?” The other pupil answered for example “I have a dog. What do you have?” After getting the right answer both of them said “ Lets swap!” and they had to swap the cards.
The second game we learned in Germany was like a small tournament in the class. In this game four pupils at a time each get their own corners of the classroom. The teacher starts to ask questions about things they have learned during the autumn and the pupil who gives the right answer first, will get the permission to go forward to the next corner. So the one who is the fastest can move on and the pupil who is the first one back in his or her own corner wins the round.
Each pupil takes part in at least one round and depending how many pupils there are you will go on from the first round to the finals. Our pupils loved this game, and they would have wanted to play it again and again. Here are some pictures of our seventh-graders.
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!
“Run-Jump-Learn“- has been awarded „Project of the Month February“ by our National Agency PAD. In December our Agency sent us a film team that accompanied us for one day. They filmed our school, some lessons, some actions of our Run-Jump-Learn-Club and did some interviews with teachers and pupils.
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.