The pupils of the sixth grade of 11th Primary School Haidari created their own posters for our Erasmus H.A.P.P.E.N.S program . The three posters are related to the three topics the children have been working on for the past two years: sports, mental health and balanced nutrition. Once the posters were ready, they hung them on the school walls and in other areas of the city of Haidari. In this way, they wanted to share the things they learned with the rest of the students and with their neighbours as well.
Well done guys! Excellent work!
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…
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.
After the LTTA in Wales in which we were informed about so many aspects of dealing with our students feelings we thought of inviting an expert to teach us some more on the subject.
So, Arrixis , the centre of Mental Health and Prevention of Addictions which supports us significantly with any mental aspect of our Erasmus project, answered our call and organised an open discussion with parents and teachers on the complexity of children’s emotions and the necessity to behave with respect to their needs but also set up healthy boundaries which will provide a safe and balanced environment for the child to grow up in.
After the LTTA in Cardiff, we came back with a lot of ideas to share with our students in the 11th Primary school of Haidari.
One of them was to use simple everyday things such as a TV commercial to get them to recognise the feelings shown and imagine what they would feel themselves if they were in that situation.
So, we showed our sixth grade students the very funny and also bursting with emotions video of John Lewis, Buster the Boxer, and got them to analyse the feelings of each of the characters in the video and discuss the importance of giving and sharing not only at Christmas but anytime in their life.
On Friday 23rd December 2016 the Erasmus+ Happens team invited the teachers and the parents of our school students who very willingly gathered to hear the latest news from the LTTA in Wales in November 2016 but also a short review of the activities organised so far in the Erasmus project.
We shared with them what we learnt about the Restorative Approach, an innovative way to involve students more in the school life, which is implemented in the Welsh school and aims in making happier, more active students.
We pointed out the importance of sleep and rest for students and the benefits from eating healthily including as many superfoods as possible as we were taught by Welsh specialists.
We also showed them the John Lewis Christmas video which was used by our Welsh collegue to introduce us to the activity of emotions she uses in her classes and which we have already shown in our sixth grade students to trigger discussion about feelings and the ideals of giving and sharing.
Parents were greatly interested in all the information they received and encouraged us, as they always do, to carry on introducing new ideas which will improve school life.
Last year our fifth grade students prepared Greek traditional dishes for the vsiting teachers in Athens LTTA. This year they went back to the kitchen bringing along the whole family this time.
Greek students are preparing the famous Greek salad which accompanies most Greek dishes and sometimes replaces them on a hot day. It is extremely easy to make.
Greek students are preparing meatballs with savoury herbs.Why don’t you try it?
A Greek student is helping her grandmother to make a 20! fyllo traditional cheese pie. It may seem difficult to make if you haven’t got a grandmother at home but give it a try with one or two leaves.
A Greek student is preparing a traditional walnut pie. Yummy!!
One of the student activities for our Erasmus project was to write their own affirmations. So 6th grade students wrote down their thoughts, ideas, news and used their imagination to make their newspaper.
Students split in groups, wrote their articles and then processed them on the computer.
Our school newspaper is done! It was put up in each classroom for all students to read in Greek.
A better form of our newspaper in Greek:
Then students adapted the same articles in English so that their affirmations can be shared with all partner schools in the Erasmus project .
Our 3rd grade students working in teams wrote their nutritional affirmations on big posters .
“Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamines”
“I eat fruits and vegetables to stay healthy and happy”
“Fruits make me stronger”
“Fruits and vegetables give me energy”
“One fruit every day keeps the doctor away”
They placed them at central points of our school patio the day we organised our Fruit Art exibition.
Our 4th grade students expressed their nutritional affirmations by making collage posters.
What do you do to unwind ? The Polish list of activities covered most preferences. D’ and E’ class students participated in a spelling competition and after filling in the blanks they talked about their favourite pastimes and what eases their stress. Most refreshing!
The Greek mental games made by our 6th grade students will be our priority next week.
Greek and Polish mental games for the 3rd grade of our school:
Trying to persuade more children to consume fruit instead of unhealthy snacks a Fruit Art exhibition was organised on Monday 23rd October in our school patio.
Students and parents searched the Internet for new ideas or conceived their own special ways to present edible fruit for the school buffet which was more than tempting: dolphin and octopus fruit salads, butterfly jelly, pear hedgehogs, fruit gardens, apple owls, fruit peacocks, helloween lanterns and other fruit ”craft”.
After this event the way we look at fruit has definitely changed. And you? In what shape have you eaten your fruit today?
The students of 4th grade prepared a fruit salad during the Day of Fruits. After that, they ate it and they raelized the benefit of eating fruits.