Here in Falu Kommun, we’re really lucky to have access to Naturskolan. They have unique programming for the different year levels, and our students take a day off from their regular classroom lessons to have an amazing lesson in the world’s biggest classroom - nature!
Back in September, you could see pictures and stories from the Year 6’s trip to Naturskolan. This month, our Year 4s visit was full of fun team building and meeting the farm animals (their favourite part!).
The day started off with a class meeting in the Naturskolan Teepee, where we met our leaders, ate snack, and learned about what we would be doing for the day. Then we were all randomly divided into groups - the pinecone group, the grains group, the stick group, and the wool group! These were our groups for the day to do all the activities in.
Two groups started at the wood stations. Here we learned how to chop a tree from start to finish. Our Naturskolan guide, Evis, taught us how to seperate the large logs of wood into smaller pieces, how to saw, and how to chop the wood into smaller pieces that are great for a fire. Students got to be part of the process from start to finish, and then places the smaller pieces in a pile that will dry out for the next year before it can be firewood.
The other half of the group got to visit the farm animals. Naturskolan is home to many cows, pigs, goats, and sheep! Students got to visit all the animals and then prepare a snack for them. Scroll down to see pictures of all the animals.
After a wonderful morning, we ate lunch together in the teepee by a fire before we set off on our afternoon adventures. It was really fun to hear students reflect on their morning activities and discuss how to take better care of nature and animals. After everyone finished eating, we headed off to the river to do a really fun team building activity. Students created watermills together in their groups and then got to test them in the water once they were done.
To finish off the day, students got to have a quiet moment where they could carve and design their own bark boats (barkbåtar) and test them out in the water before we headed back to school.
A wonderful day was had by all students and teachers at Naturskolan! See below for even more pictures from our adventures. :)