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

50 Challenge Cards from five counties

Here you can download 50 challenge cards to get your pupils into motion:

Challenge Cards Sweden

Challenge Cards Finland

Challenge Cards Wales

Challenge Cards Spain

Challenge Cards Germany

There are 10 challenges from each country – ready to use as pdf-documents.

Friendship classes – Finland

Our 1st graders in Pöllönkangas school have 4th graders as their friendship class. We have been doing many nice things together. The 4th graders have also helped the 1th grade students in learning different things like signing into our computers and other ICT issues.

A couple of weeks ago we had a lesson together again. We played a nice game together which had been created by 1st grade students and their teachers. There was a gameboard for every group and the 1st grade students had invented different functional and sporty task cards for the game.

The year 1 and year 4 students made pairs to play together in groups. In one group there were three or four pairs. Pair threw the dice and then they moved on a gameboard as many times as the dice showed. If you stopped in a place where there was a star in the square you had to turn a card with a task to do with your pair. The tasks included: Tickle your teachers toes, do jumping jacks 10 times, do the floss dance with your pair, jump with one leg, make an yoga position and so on. The winner was the pair who got to the end of the game board first.

If the students had time, after the first round they played another round so that the whole group made the tasks which the cards showed.

Looking forward to next time to do something nice with our lovely friendship classes!

Learned in Sweden – Finland

Teachers from the Run, Jump, Learn! project received a ton of ideas from their training in Bäckskolan, Kisa. We were quick to start using these ideas in our own schools. Here’s an adaptation of one of the outdoor lesson games we learned. Year 1 students in Pöllönkangas School really enjoyed this activity! Here’s how we played.
Pupils work in pairs or threes. Each pair collects 10-15 pine cones from the school yard and place them between the players. Pupils take turns to take away one or two cones at a time. The pupil who has to take the last one loses.

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.

 

Games from Germany in Finland (Finland)

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.

Sweden – A game in the snow

„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.

The annual ski slope day on Tolvmannabacken

Sweden

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.

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!

P.E. and Snow Building (Finland)

Pöllönkangas school had a “a cross country skiing month” in February. On the 25th of February we had our skiing day. Students could choose if they wanted to join in a skiing competition of make a small skiing trip, around 5km. Next pictures are from our competition arena.

On Thursdays we have 2h optional subjects. One group of 5th and 6th graders have P.E. as their voluntary subject. A couple of weeks ago we had “snow building” in P.E.. It is very important to know how to prepare a snow cave as a shelter, if the weather conditions change rapidly to very bad. There are some important rules on how to do it, and we learned these. First students made a basic cave. After that the ventilation holes were added. If you must spend a night in that snow shelter, it is good to have a “bed” also. So, that is a good structure in a snow cave. If you build the snow cave too airtight, the consequences are the same as in an avalanche, you don’t get any oxygen.

snow fun

snow art