Christmas Card Workshops

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All of the English Class pupils are as busy as proverbial elves these two days before Autumn Break begins. They are participating in two days of workshops making Christmas cards. These cards will be bundled into sets of 6 unique handmade Christmas cards to be sold for 5 euros per set. The card bundles will be on sale at the Christmas Carol Services on Tuesday, November 26th and Wednesday, November 27th. Funds earned will be used directly to benefit the pupils themselves.

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Many different art techniques and skills are being used to make these lovely cards, including origami and wax resist paper batik. The resulting cards are full of character and imagination, as are the creators of the cards.

 

Researching Prehistoric Times

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English Class fifth graders are quietly focused while working on their history project. They are gathering information about the various stages of the prehistorical period here in Finland. Their sources for the project are books and information they gleaned from the field trip to the Satakunta County Museum. The task is to write and/or draw details from the developing stages of prehistory in their notebooks.Then, as a group, together they will compare and contrast the changes as they occurred in prehistorical times.

An Evening of Drama

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All of their practice and rehearsing paid off this evening when English Class third and fourth graders put on their plays for their parents. The third graders shared the antics of Astrid Lindgren’s character, Emil,  in two short plays, Mouse Bait and Emil Stuck in the Soup Toureen, that had been written by English Class fifth graders,  A dress rehearsal was held earlier in the day when the plays were performed for the entire school.

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Four talented Pippi Longstocking characters performed in four different short plays that told about funny occasions involving this wonderful story character. The fourth graders wrote the plays themselves and included Pippi Moves to Villa Villekulla, Pippi Plays Tag with the Police, Burglars Pay Pippi a Visit and Pippi Goes for Afternoon Tea. It was astonishing how well the fourth graders played their roles! The acting was superb and they projected their voices very well.

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A good turnout by parents this evening made all of the efforts by the pupils well worth the while. This included making baked goods to sell to parents at the refreshment stand. Funds earned will be put toward a class trip in the spring. A lovely evening was shared by all.

Recreating the Creation Story

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In their religion class on Friday English Class first and second graders heard the story of creation. As the story was being told, groups of pupils could go to the chalkboard and draw what they heard.  The final outcome was an enormous drawing of the story, where every pupil had made a contribution.

Action in Math Lessons

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In keeping with the principle that there are many ways of learning and all kinds of learners, English Class fourth graders have been very active this week. They have played  Concentration, a memory game.using cards showing thousands, worked with puzzles, and practiced mathematics with the 10monkeys Math World programme on their tablets. Fourth graders were also given the option of doing their math schoolwork somewhere other than at their own desks. Several pupils chose to stand up and write using the counter at the back of the classroom. A couple of boys even made use of Cygnaeus School’s wide window sills upon which to write. (See the boys at the top right of the collages.) All of these and other math activities add up to more effective learning for one and all.

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Exercises in Creative Expression

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English Class fourth graders have been busy preparing themselves for the presentation of their Pippi Longstocking plays for their families next Tuesday by participating in all kinds of creative dramatic exercises. One of the goals was for children to learn to let go and participate in the activities wholeheartedly, without inhibitions. In the first exercise the classroom was darkened and pupils were encouraged to move with the music they heard.  As the children gained confidence, Ms. Kati lightened the classroom until all the lights were turned back on.

Another creative expression activity was walking in various ways to express different emotions.

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The final activity was Add-on Stories. Everyone sat in a circle. The idea was to take turns adding a word or sentence to continue telling a story.

Orienteering in the Woods

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English Class first and second graders put their newly acquired orienteering skills to the test yesterday when they made a field trip to the Pori forest. Their goal was to find each of the places marked on their maps. Every marked place contained not only a number, but  a riddle that pupils were to solve  before going on to the next point.  It was the first time for most of the children to try orienteering in the woods. That is why they each worked with a partner. Every pair did great job.  Pupils seemed to enjoy not only the satisfaction of finding the right place, but the great weather as well.

After 40 minutes of orienteering they all enjoyed a hearty warm lunch outdoors, which somehow always tastes a lot better than when eaten in the school cafeteria. Happy, red cheeked children walked back to school tanked out on fresh air.
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