For many years now students from the English bachelor degree programme in physiotherapy at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) have worked together, as part of their studies, with a class of pupils from Cygnaeus School English Classes for a few lessons. Last week our fourth graders visited the new SAMK campus to participate in activities that the physiotherapist students had planned and organized.
The warm-up session started with an all-group activity where an inner circle and outer circle of participants was formed. Together they practiced various rhythms, ways of moving and squatting that related to Africa. One example of their efforts follows.
Then three groups were formed and the remaining time was divided so that each group could participate in three different activities. In a nod to Brazil and beach volley ball, fourth grade pupils and SAMK students played a variation of beach volley ball using several balls.
A variation of indoor rugby was another activity groups participated in.
The fourth graders also participated in paralympic activities, including going over hurdles and walking hoops while being blindfolded, signifying being sight-impaired.
Distance throwing from a seated position was a new experience for the pupils, and one that offered lots of food for thought.
The session with SAMK students and our fourth graders ended with a unifying team challenge of building a tri-layered “pyramid”. You can tell just looking at their faces that they are all pretty pleased with the activities, as well as with themselves. Fun was had by all!