During the week in Wehretal in Germany we teachers learned many nice things to do with pupils, both outdoors and in the classroom. We are looking forward of trying the outdoor games this spring! Here are two examples of some nice classroom games, which already have become part of our lessons.
The first one is a good game for learning for example vocabulary in foreign languages. We had just talked about names of animals in Swedish with the sixth-graders and wanted to practice the vocabulary a bit more. The teacher had made small cards only with pictures of the animals, so the pupils had to know the names of the animals in Swedish. First we tried to remember the vocabulary together and after that every pupil got a card of his/her own. The pupils started to move in the classroom, and every time they met each other they had to ask “Which animal do you have?” The other pupil answered for example “I have a dog. What do you have?” After getting the right answer both of them said “ Lets swap!” and they had to swap the cards.
The second game we learned in Germany was like a small tournament in the class. In this game four pupils at a time each get their own corners of the classroom. The teacher starts to ask questions about things they have learned during the autumn and the pupil who gives the right answer first, will get the permission to go forward to the next corner. So the one who is the fastest can move on and the pupil who is the first one back in his or her own corner wins the round.
Each pupil takes part in at least one round and depending how many pupils there are you will go on from the first round to the finals. Our pupils loved this game, and they would have wanted to play it again and again. Here are some pictures of our seventh-graders.
We want to encourage our pupils to learn independently inside and out of the classroom so we have created these fun challenge cards! Each card explains how to play a game or activity and every card is different. Some challenges require a group of people to play, others can be completed independently. Photographs and a ‘star rating’ help pupils to choose suitable challenges for their ability and environment. Each school created 10 challenge cards so we now have a pack of 50 fun outdoor activities to try in our schools!
We wanted to try some things, which I learned at our LTT teacher training in Germany. Outdoor teaching was a big part of our visit and that’s why we decided to go to the forest with my pupils.
It’s winter and it has been a very cold week in Finland. The temperature has been about -25 degrees and we have lots of snow here. That’s why the outdoor activities were a little bit different to do here than in Germany.
Today the weather was really beautiful. The sun was shining and temperature was about -21 degrees. First we were playing “Pöllöhippa” “Catch the Owl” at our school yard. Kids liked to play it and they were running a lot. That was a good start, because they became warm. After that we walked together to the nearest forest.
In the forest we learned how to do “fox-walk” and “owl-eye”. Then we did the same exercise, that we also did in Germany. We walked alone like foxes around the forest and did “owl-eye” when we wanted to. It was important to be quiet. Pupils thought that the exercise was nice and relaxing. After that we were playing “hide and seek”-game together. It was really fun to run in the snow and also a little bit hard. But we loved it! And everyone was asking the same: “Can we do this again someday?”
We definitely must do lot more outdoor activities! It is nice to be out of the classroom and the forest is definitely the place where your mind can relax.
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.
On Shrove Monday we disguise and have lots of crazy activities going on in our school. First we meet in the classrooms to present our costumes to our classmates and have some food together. Later we have a parade to the gym where the whole school meets to celebrate carnival. Each year our Dance Club performs some dances and the best costumes of the school do a catwalk parade. Before we finally return to our classrooms we do some funny singing and dancing together.
In year 3 we work much with time. We should be able to read the clock and to count with time. So we started with a repetition and worked with the clock as a timeline. We walked minutes and hours on the line and were minute-hand and hour-hand. Then we practiced with the timeline in a circle.