Circle time in ZSG no 2

After the “Restorative Justice” conference, carried out in Cardiff, we performed an interesting activity with the students of fifth grade. The game is called “Spider’s web”. Students sit in a circle. One person holds a ball of wool in one hand and the end of it in the other hand. He/she throws the ball to the person they respect and lists features that values in him/her. The student who receives a ball does the same thing towards the other student, motivating which features he/she likes about him or her, and so on. A ball going from one student to another creates a tight net. As a result, the student who has the biggest tangle of wool is the most respected in the classroom. The aim is to motivate students’ desire to be valued and respected in the classroom. The activity is going to be repeated successively every two weeks.

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Circle time for emotions and dialogue about feelings (A27)

The students of our school’s sixth and third grade performed a very interesting activity that we watched in Cardiff Wales.

Children sat randomly in a circle and holding a musical instrument that makes sounds when shaken, shared with their classmates what they did during the Christmas holidays. They talked about their feelings, the activities they did, carols and games.

A very nice activity that caused much laughter and joking between them!

The 6th grade…

The 3rd grade…

” Foxes” chasing ”Rabbits” and ”Frogs” looking for ”Lillies”(A29)

As part of the exchange of good techniques in the Erasmus project HAPPENS+ the teachers of third and sixth grade  and the P.E. teacher  of the 11th Haidari, Athens Primary  school, tried out with  their students some of the games shown to the visiting teachers in the Wales LTTA.

The students had to team up into ” Foxes” chasing ”Rabbits” and ”Frogs” looking for ”Lillies” and perform the task given having a specific posture which made it a lot more difficult than the title sounds.

Students took exercise and had lots of fun playing these new games.

Traditional Games at Escola Martinet

At Martinet school we have been playing the Traditional Games from our partner schools. Students from primary 1 to Primary 6 had a great time playing at them!!!  “A Sdracchiula” and “Morra” (Italy); “The king”, “Seven stones” and “The Witch” (Greece); “Irish Rover” (Ireland), “Jacks” (Wales), “Doodgeball” (Poland) among others are the ones they played the most.

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Gymnastics Lessons and Plans Explored at Claddagh National School

Teachers were given an explanation of the Gymnastics Scheme used in our Welsh partner school where infant aged children are told a story where animals are used to illustrate various gymnastics poses and actions to help them to understand how to use their bodies in different ways. The resources given to our school were shared with the staff and in particular, with the infant class teachers, who will begin to incorporate these new ideas into the lessons.

Anna Parkinson Disseminates for the Staff — Brain Games and Transition Activities! Our Brains Are Switched ON at Claddagh National School!

Anna Parkinson shared the fun transition activities she learned at the Cardiff LTTA with the staff. As you can see, these brain games and lesson transition activities went over a bomb with the staff who love to learn something they can use the very next day with their students.

In the game seen in the photos, the staff must try to remove their finger from the person beside them while simultaneously trying to grab the finger of the person on the other side of them! We’re not sure the staff are up for this level of eye-hand coordination on a Monday morning after a long January but we did our best and we’re certain the children will love this and the other games we learned from Ms. Parkinson!


Claddagh School Staff Enjoys SIRT SUPER Foods! Mmmmm…Healthy! And Delicious, too!

On Monday, February 6th, the teachers and Special Needs Assistants at the Claddagh National School attended a training event after school given by the staff who attended the Learning Teaching Training Activities week in Cardiff, Wales in November.

The Staff thoroughly enjoyed the tasting session. We savoured a delicious snack of Medjool dates, stuffed with almond nut butter topped with a square of 85% pure dark chocolate. Even the most skeptical taste testers were impressed with this delicious special treat!! We also served high quality coffee, green tea. You can also see a special secret concoction prepared by our very own expert Ms. Brenda Kenny. It was a warming drink with many of the SIRT Ingredients that can help to prevent colds and flus. It including citrus fruits, cayenne pepper and other ingredients! Ms. Kenny also made energy balls which were gobbled up by the hungry staff! This was definitely a popular event and we will enjoy trying the SIRT foods with our families at home!

Thanks to the Welsh team for introducing the concept of SIRT (Super) foods to us and we’ll  enjoy this yummy dissemination!