This January the pupils in the preschool classes learn about bird’s life, their food and their body parts. We make paintings, sculptures and our own books about birds.
Every week we go to the forest with our 22 six-year old pupils.
This week we learned about birds. In the forest, we split in small groups who worked together. Each group got a rope and a picture with a bird. The challenge was to use the rope to make the bird’s body contours. The other parts of the bird was to be done with things from the nature.
We try to make lessons as active as possible at Plascrug. Here the Year 1 pupils are learning the story of ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by acting it out on a journey around the school grounds. At the end of the journey the pupils could tell the story on their own!
We took inspiration from the pancake races in Spain and Sweden today and held an Easter Games event! Pupils from Year 1 (ages 5 and 6) took part in egg and spoon races, egg rolling, an egg toss and a hunt the egg game using cones. They had to find and collect the eggs in their team’s colour and leave the rest. The winners were those who collected the most!
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.
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.
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!
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.