All of the work and effort put in this week by English Class pupils paid off on Friday when we celebrated Finland’s national day of culture, Kalevala Day. The fifth and sixth grade classes, together with the third graders, created a magnificent Viking long boat. Characters in the boat were painted by fifth and sixth grade English Class pupils and are based on Mauri Kunnas’ splendid book, The Canine Kalevala.
The text which was placed on the shields was dictated by third grade pupils and scribed by fifth and sixth grade pupils. This is called storycrafting. (Click the pictures to better be able to read the text.)
In the photos below fifth and sixth graders are carrying their spectacular Sampo down the stairs to the school library to join the collection of Sampos made by other classes in the school.
Just before lunch on Friday all of the English Class pupils paired off to learn about Kalevala using their iPads and a site maintained by the Kalevala Society called Kalevalan Kankahilla.
Teachers were very impressed with how quietly attentive and focused all of the pupils were during this lesson. Finnish pupils translated information on the site for English Class pupils who don’t yet know enough Finnish.
After lunch all of the pupils at Cygnaeus School gathered in the gymnasium for a Finnish folk song sing-along.
Cygnaeus School music class teachers played the accompaniments to the songs while our own Ms. Anu lead us in singing. Below is one song that we sang where boys sang one part and girls sang another.
It was a fantastic day of celebrating Finnish culture!