All of the English Classes and their teachers participated in Nature Day at Yyteri Beach today. Each and every activity was carried out in small mixed-age groups where older pupils from grades 5 & 6 worked as team leaders.
The first task was an ABC-nature walk where pupils were supposed to find natural things that related to all of the letters of the alphabet. Some groups were really patient and put all of their their efforts into this task and they discovered something for all the letters. Whereas, for some of the groups this hunt seemed to be quite challenging, even though they were encouraged to use all of their senses.
Happy famished children enjoyed their warm school lunch outdoors picnic style and then they continued with new tasks. The following challenge was for all of the groups to write the name of our school, Cygnaeus, using natural materials gathered during their ABC-walk or brought along from their own yards and gardens at home. Results were creative and inspiring.
The last task for those who had time was to make their own portraits using material left over from former task. Smiling and focused faces, mirroring the artists themselves, appeared in the sand.
Learning outside of the school building, once again, afforded us wonderful opportunities to learn and practice essential life skills such as co-operation, working in a group, leadership, creativity, problem solving, etc. These are things that cannot be learnt from books. A memorable day was had by one and all.