The European Union points out that the habits among European children have changed during the last years. TV, the Internet, computer games and smartphones compete with more physical activities and it has lead to more sedentary activities and more limited social life. The spontaneous outdoor games are more and more replaced by the digital world. Our project focuses on our students’ health and to help them finding healthy habits. School today has an important and an increasing part of getting all children and young people to be physically active. In Sweden the government has proposed that all young people should be using their body by walks, biking, running or playing at least an hour a day. The students have created short ads to encourage each other to move and use your body and to have healthy habits. In our corridors at Lugnviksskolan the students have put short ads, so everybody gets reminded that this is so important.
This week, in Pou de la Muntanya school, in Dénia, the last of the transnational coordination meetings of the Erasmus + KA2 #TastingSchools project has been made. In it, teachers from Kaland Skole from Bergen (Norway), Lugnviksskolan from Östersund (Sweden) and Giacomo Ferrari Institute from Parma (Italy) participated.
After two years of shared work, it’s time to finish this interesting project that has been co-financed by the Erasmus + program of the European Union. During this time, we have developed four thematic blocks: Let’s visit, Let’s cook, Let’s move and Art & Cooking, each with several sections: research, visits to the environment and use of new technologies.
During the meeting, we evaluated the mobility of students and teachers, held last week in Dénia, and we have been working with the booklet that will collect examples of everything we have worked during these months. Also, we worked and discussed about the final report that must be drawn up to send to the Erasmus + National Agency.
The cultural program of the week has included the approach to our culinary culture and the singularities of Dénia as a Creative City of Gastronomy declared by UNESCO.
One of the activities carried out throughout the project, and to establish bond between the participating cities, has been the exchange of photos related to the different cities. In each city, a period for taking photographs about representative sites, made by students, was opened. A first exhibition was held in each centre. Among all the photographs taken, each city has chosen the 10 most representative ones. Later, we carried out an exchange of the same photos in order to exhibit them again, this time the 10 photographs chosen by each city. This exchange was carried out on the mobilities. In this way, students have been able to enjoy them, get to know the project partners better and get closer to other cultures.
The main focus with this activity was to combine architecture, culinary culture, geometry and medieval history in a project that accentuates active learning. We aimed to create a gingerbread village, consisting of buildings from the Erasmus+ cities. The buildings we wanted to build using gingerbread were:
The hanseatic wharf in Bergen. Originally built 1070 AD
The St. Mary’s Church in Bergen. Built between 1130 and 1170 AD
Frösö church in Östersund from ca. 1100 AD
Castillo de Dénia. Started in the 8th century AD
Palazzo Vescovile in Parma. Built in the 10th century AD
The clocktower and the front of the church Il Duomo at Piazza del Duomo in Parma
The pupils’ first task was to draw models of the buildings and get the measurements in the right scale. They then had to create models using cardboard to make sure their drawings of each part would fit together. Finally, they could build their house using gingerbread dough.
ne of the many common activities of the project is called Exchange of seed. The idea of this common activity is to exchange a selected number of seeds between the countries and plant them across borders to see if something will grow. We strongly believe that the seed from Sweden and Norway will grow in Italy and Spain, but we are curious if the opposite will happen. The exchange took place in Bergen when they arranged the mobility for students in September 2017. The Mayor of Bergen was attending the Exchange of seed. The new plants will symbolize both the growth of the project and all the new friendship across borders. The different schools brought different seed into the exchange.
Wednesday 11th January, there was a great activity at school when the project #Tastingschools kicked off.
Wednesday 11th January, Teachers prepared a large fruit and vegetable market in the main hall, where the students got a good presentation of all 50 kinds of vegetables. It was also an opportunity to smell, taste a bit and take away all the vegetables.
The students from 7th grade had “Taste Workshop” in the kitchen. They presented dishes based on vegetables. Pupils and adults got to taste ratatouille, lime marinated cucumber, beetroot, with blueberries and a green smoothie. Not all students thought everything was nice as well, but all the students tasted everything. The green smoothie was a clear favourite.
On the red room, the project was presented to the students. Participating cities were presented and objectives of the project were reviewed. Engaged pupils asked many good questions.
It was a great day for everyone at school.
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