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!

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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.

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.

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!