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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
„The Gear“ – A game in the snow
First, we make a big circle in the snow. After that we make walkways from the circle to the centre. In the middle we made a smaller circle.
When the game starts we choose one catcher. The other children are trying to escape and run in the gear. If they want a break they can rest in the little circle in the middle were the catcher can’t take them. There they count to 10 and then they must leave again.
In February we had our annual day on the ski slope we have in town. This day all pupils from the first to the third grade can choose ice skating, go sledding or downhill skiing.
For children who never stand on ski we have ski lessons. These pupils usual are very proud in the afternoon, because they have learned so much.
Lunch is served outside and everyone loves hamburger, apple and juice. Our pupils love this day and look forward to it. There is a lot of motion and fun.
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!
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.
The 27th. and 28th. of September Run, jump, learn! had a Transnational Project Meeting in Gijón, Spain. During the meeting, we did the „Atalia School Tour“, we were received by the local authorities in the Town Hall and we did a Spanish inmersion activity.
Our project was in the printed version of our local newspaper, El Comercio.
The last months every school year our school has a reading project together with the library in town. The librarians choose 12 books and our pupils read and judge them. In June we count the points every book has got and celebrate the 5 best books. The pupils who have left a vote can win a book. It’s a very popular project.
This year we wanted to integrate some motion in this project, so we decided to walk through the books. Every class transformed the classroom to a book and last Friday we had our book walk. All the pupils were very engaged in the reading and transforming.
Every year in April our school has a week with more outdoor lessons than usual.
This year we started the days with Tabata, a kind of motion with music. It was fun for all our pupils.
During the school day we had lessons in math, Swedish, science, art or PE outside or had short outdoor breaks between parts of lessons.
One afternoon our staff had an education in Brain breaks and activities to get up the heart rate.
Run, jump, learn! partner schools had a photo competition recently. The children took photos of each other moving. Each photo had to have at least three children moving. Each school then chose and rewarded the school winners. Here are the winning photos for you to enjoy!
Today we had math outside in the snow. Our goal was to practice measurement in meter and centimeter. We worked in groups of 4. First the group prepared the course. Then one pupil went down on a bum slider, two pupils measured and one wrote down the results. Every pupil went 3 rounds, then we worked inside with the results.
Now we have a lot of snow and it is cold. Therefore we have much fun every day in our breaks between lessons. The little football ground is now an ice rink and we can go skating. One the bigger football ground we still play football, even in the snow. Fortunately we have some slopes on our school yard and there we have much fun with the bum sliders.