In the last week of November our Run-Jump-Learn-project had a teacher training at Kleeblattschule in Germany. The overarching question of the training was „Why go outside?“
Our focus lay on outdoor teaching and integrating outdoor activities into everyday teaching. With the help of an outdoor specialist, we explored perception exercises and tested various new games that can be played on playgrounds, in gardens or in forests. Rangers from our local nature and wildlife park provided insight into how schools can integrate excursions to discover flora and fauna in the woods into the school’s curriculum.
Another part of the teacher training were lesson observations at Kleeblattschule, in order to get a concrete insight into the German school system. In addition, the guests taught German pupils dances, games or how to count in another language. The pupils really enjoyed that part and were highly motivated to learn more.
In the afternoon we tested ways of combining ICT and outdoor learning when doing interactive tasks using iPads in the school area.
One day was spared to visit the Studienseminar Kassel, where teachers are trained after their first state examination. This part of the German teacher training was new to our guests from Finland, Sweden, Wales, and Spain. In the evening we enjoyed visits to traditional Christmas markets and spend the evening together talking about the past days full of impressions.
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.
„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.
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!
Straight after returning home from Finland, three of our colleagues inspired the rest of our team by showing them some ways of increasing physical literacy and basic skills. We all got into action, learned and laughed a lot. What a fantastic teacher training!