Flood – Storm – Fire (Finland)

This game is a nice moving break for any lesson. In the pictures you see our fourth graders playing.

Instructions: Music is played while pupils move around the room. When the music stops, teacher calls out one of the words and everyone tries to save oneself as fast as possible.

Actions:

  • Flood: get your feet off the floor to stay dry
  • Storm: grab someone so wind will not take you
  • Fire: dive on the floor and lie low on the ground under the smoky air

If you want, you can also make this a competition: After a few warm-up rounds the last one to save him/herself falls out and becomes a judge. One by one everyone falls out and the last one standing gets a good round of applause.

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Athletics competition (Finland)

We had our athletics competition on our school a few weeks ago. The sports you got to choose from were for example running for 60 or 600 meters, long jump, high jump and shot put. When the day started, all of us had our warm up together, and then it was time for the sports. 

Every sport we did on the day was outside except for high jump, and it was competed on the gymnasium. The day was also a tryout to the final competition between schools in Oulu, and everyone who got to first or second place in any sport has the chance to go and represent our school on the big competition between the schools in a bigger sports stadium, near the center of Oulu. 

Even though there was a chance of getting to the bigger competition, the day was not supposed to take that seriously witch was really nice, and it made the sports enjoyable. On the next week after the competition, there was a distribution of prizes on our gymnasium, and the winners got medals. 

Overall, I think that the day was successful, and it was fun! 

Veera Härkönen, 6B, Pöllönkankaan Koulu

Annual sports day (Sweden)

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.

Activity Packs (Germany)

Last year – while we were on our first Erasmus+ teacher training in Aberystwyth in Wales, we learned about Sport Wales and the „Activity Packs“ they use to help young children to increase their motion skills. We liked the idea of Activity Packs for the youngest so much that we decided to introduce them in year one here at Kleeblattschule in Germany.

Two pupils from each class will have the opportunity to take the bags home and test the possible activities for one week. Their ideas will be documented via drawings/photos which they are being asked to add to a little booklet that goes along with the bag. We are really excited to get to know all the activities and physical exercises that can be done with the contents of our Activity Packs. We will let you know about the reactions and ideas. An additional bag will be handed to the kindergarten next door.

 

Harry Potter inspired data handling! (Wales)

The children in Year 5 (ages 9 and 10) had to work in groups to try out different positions in a game of Quidditch. They created, collected and then interpreted the data. Children then worked as a team to decide which position best suited each member.

Combinations of ten, doubles and math stories (Finland)

Among the most important basic things in math are the combinations of ten and the doubles. Year 1 practised these skills this time with balls. They also learned to tell math stories. Each story included both addition and subtraction. One told the story and the other counted it by using twenty frames and red and yellow counters.

 

Movin‘ lesson breaks (Germany)

„Time to move“ – that’s what teachers at Kleeblattschule said more often than usuall. We try to activate our pupils by integrating an additional activity or TRP game in everyday lessons.That can be a welcome ritual in the morning, an active break in between two parts of a lesson or a TPR song in Science or English.