Our primary students created a garden-patch of their own! It is a short growing season in the northern part of Sweden. Therefore, you must sow seeds indoors in small pots until the weather gets warmer and you can plant your crops outdoors in a garden-patch. In groups of four they decided what vegetables, herbs and flowers they wanted to grow. Before sowing they learnt about the different species and the specific growing conditions. Time for sowing! The students filled pots and egg cartoons with soil to put their seeds in. And after that they waited and waited and waited… until one day when the first little green leaf appeared. An important part of the garden-patch project is to document the procedure in a diary. The work combined a lot of subjects; biology, maths and Swedish.
It was an important and happy day when the students took their crops and got outdoors to plant them. Returning after summer holidays they were welcomed by a green and lush garden!
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.
The 4th of April teacher organized a special afternoon for students and pupils, In the Anna Frank Primary School . They proposed to them Gregg Segal’s exhibition, an activity where they could recycling coffee pods, an activity where mums and dads discovered how they can use the food that usual is trashed and an activity about the organic compost. All these activities wanted to show how is possible to give a new life to the objects and the foods. We only need a bit of imagination. Are we a creative city or not?!?
As a first step the students had to do some individual research about this local speciality, they went to the local library, logged on the Internet and collected as much information as they could about the topic. In the second stage they wrote the draft in small groups and a high school student translated it into English.
Deconstructing Education: creative and inclusive schools in gastronomic cities