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

Europe – as a Human Picture (Finland)

We are learning nouns, adjectives and verbs with the 4th graders. In this improvisation rehearsal of nouns each student made up a role in a human picture called “Europe”. When they took their place in the picture they named the noun they were presenting, e.g. “I am Iceland” (the boy on the table), “I am Finland” (the boy with a grey sweatshirt), “I am the sea” (all the girls in the front).

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.

 

Run, jump and learn languages! (Finland)

Besides the increased moving and learning skills, Run, jump, learn! project also offers a chance to get to know new languages. The Run, jump, learn! project club in Pöllönkangas school researched the project countries‘ languages: Finnish, Swedish, German, Spanish and Welsh. We used ICT-tools to help us find out same words in different languages. We also listened to what the words sound like and learned how to pronounce them. We compared the similarities and differences in the languages and words too. Learning languages is fun!

Sharing the joy of movement!

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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!