A Class Trip in the Treetops

English Class third graders visited Huikea Adventure Park on Monday of this week. “Huikea” translates to English as incomparable and that was certainly what the experience was for our third graders! Many of the pupils were a bit anxious about the challenges of being up so high, but without exception the children overcame their fears. By the end of the day they were as at comfortable in the treetops as monkeys are!

The adventure park is designed to compliment the beautiful woodland setting near the sandy beach of Yyteri.  Several high rope courses, varying in degrees of difficulty, provide challenges for crossing swaying bridges, tightrope walking, crawling, balancing and more. Safety is of paramount importance at the park.

Twin ladders, Indiana Jones bridges and zip lines are part of the rope courses. The park also offers additional experiences such as the giant Fortuna game shown on the right in the photo collage below and a Pumptrack for scooters of BMX-bikes.

All in all, weather-wise and otherwise, it was a perfect day. The third graders were challenged both mentally and physically at the park. At the end of the day they returned home feeling like they were on top of the world. Now if that isn’t a successful class trip, what is?!

 

 

Sandcastles

Walk in the rain,
smell flowers,
stop along the way,
build sandcastles,
go on field trips,
find out how things work,
tell stories,
say the magic words,
trust the universe.
~Bruce Williamson

Wednesday of this week was neither warm nor sunny, even though May is almost at its end, but that did not matter to the English Class first and second graders and their teachers when they went to Yyteri Beach for their class trip.  Dressed in weather-appropriate clothing, the children brought along their imaginations, as well as pails and shovels, to create sandcastles along the shoreline.

The sandcastles had proper moats and turrets and were decorated with small shells and reeds found along the beach. The children worked in small groups with intensity and interest. There is something almost intoxicating about the joyous experience of making sandcastles!

 

Nature Day at Yyteri Beach

yyteri1All 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.

yyteri_2The 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.

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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.

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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.