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

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Teacher Training in Germany

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.

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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.

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.

Outdoor week (Sweden)

Every year in April our school has a week with more outdoor lessons than usual.

This year we started the days with Tabata, a kind of motion with music. It was fun for all our pupils.

During the school day we had lessons in math, Swedish, science, art or PE outside or had short outdoor breaks between parts of lessons.

One afternoon our staff had an education in Brain breaks and activities to get up the heart rate.