English Class third graders spent last Friday morning learning the basics of downhill skiing at Ruosniemi Ski Centre. This is one activity offered as part of the Finnish Schools on the Move programme in Pori.
Third grade teacher, Ms. Anu, and the pupils boarded a bus that took them to nearby Ruosniemi. There the children quickly put on borrowed ski equipment and then set off for the slopes where they all had a lesson in how to ski. Their ski instructor, Katariina Kivioja, showed the pupils how to place the weight of their bodies on the balls of their feet when skiing straight ahead, how to control their speed and stop by “snowplowing” or creating a wedge with their skis and also how to get up or recover from a fall.
The children were very attentive and as a result they had a wonderful time trying out their new-found skills on the slopes.