NYNÄSHAMNS NATURSKOLAS NYNÄSHAMN NATURE SCHOOL VERKSAMHETSBERÄTTELSE ANNUAL REPORT - PDF

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NYNÄSHAMNS NATURSKOLAS NYNÄSHAMN NATURE SCHOOL VERKSAMHETSBERÄTTELSE ANNUAL REPORT INTRODUCTION Nynäshamn Nature School was founded in 1988 with its premises on Sjöudden at the lake Muskan in Ösmo.

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NYNÄSHAMNS NATURSKOLAS NYNÄSHAMN NATURE SCHOOL VERKSAMHETSBERÄTTELSE ANNUAL REPORT 2011 1 INTRODUCTION Nynäshamn Nature School was founded in 1988 with its premises on Sjöudden at the lake Muskan in Ösmo. The Nature School receives children/pupils from the age of 4 up to 16 from all over the Nynäshamn municipality. The Nature School is a not a place but a way of working based on outdoor education. The school classes have one nature school day a year that s when they work with research around a certain theme. Before each nature school day the teacher prepares the class, and afterwards they do follow-up work at their regular school. Each school grade has their own theme, such as small insects in the forest hill, the senses, ancient technology, winter ecology, inventory at the wetlands of Alhagen, etc. Spending a lot of time outdoors in the nature at an early stage will encourage the children s sense for the nature. Consequently they will care for the nature and understand our environmental problems. The house of Nynäshamn Nature School on Sjöudden in Ösmo in the Nynäshamn municipality. PERSONNEL During the year Mats Wejdmark was employed 100 % as manager of the Nature School. Robert Lättman-Masch was employed 100 % as nature school teacher. For a period of time the outdoor teacher Ammi Wohlin was employed on hourly basis working in the EU-project COBWEB. Internship Jonas Paulman has been helping out at Nynäshamn Nature School. He has contributed to further improvement of the basic maintenance of the Nature School and the development of the outdoor environment during this year. CLASSES The classes are coming to the Nature School once every academic year. The number of classes is presented in the table below. Period Number of classes/groups Number of pupils/children Spring term About 1350 Autumn term About 1200 Total 102 About 2550 The different school grades worked with the following themes during the academic year: Ages 4-5 Age 6 Grade 1 Grade 1-3 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 9 Special school Training school Backlura/Linnea Insects on land The squirrel Insects in the forest hill Autumn (Kyrkskolan) The senses Ancient technologies Winter ecology Fire Life in the wetlands of Alhagen The process of nitrogen through wetlands Insects in water Insects Insects Pupils from grade 9 in Alhagen wetlands. The pupils measure the amount of nitrogen in the different dams, from the inflow to the outflow into the Baltic Sea. The idea is to 2 COURSES The following courses/lectures/workshops have been arranged by the Nature School during the year. Spring term 2011 Autumn term 2011 Course Time Number of participants Course Time Number of participants Green Flag-info 1 hour 6 2 hours 20 Vaktberget pre-school Viaskolan 1-9 Green Flag-info 2 hours 10 Outdoor Mathematics 3 hours 22 Kullsta pre-school Skåskolan on Ekerö 2 hours 20 Outdoor English 2 hours 8 Sunnerbyskolan Sunnerbyskolan 2 hours 17 Outdoor Mathematics 1,5 hours 20 Tallbackaskolan workshop, Esbo, Finland Tallbackaskolan. Leisure-time centre 2 hours 15 Outdoor Mathematics Sunnerbyskolan+Humlan 2 hours 11 Svandammsskolan The Special school Gröndal/Humlan schools Vanstaskolan pre-school class-grade 5 +Linden Viaskolan leisure-time centre +pre-school class Outdoor Mathematics School in Huddinge Outdoor Mathematics Hallängen/Skogsnibble preschools Outdoor Mathematics Vaktberget pre-school Fire (+charcoal chalks) Sunnerbyskolan Fire (+charcoal chalks) Svartbäck school Teacher-students The forest as a classroom Insects, Rönninge 2 hours 17 The forest as a classroom Small animals/insects, Outdoor Swedish, Hökarängen 2 hours 12 The forest as a classroom Small animals/insects, Outdoor Swedish, Lidingö 2 hours 16 Outdoor Mathematics workshop, Malmö, Out is in (cool) 2 hours 15 Stimulating outdoor environment SPRING 2 hours 17 Outdoor Mathematics, insects, fire, School in Sollentuna 3 hours 11 2 hours 15 2 hours 12 2 hours 8 3 hours 11 3 hours 23 full day 25 full day 10 full day 16 1,5 tim 25 full day 16 full day 25 Total 6,5 days 250 people Total 6 days 173 people Comment: The relatively few course days this year partly depends on the schools efforts and focus on education about the new curriculum Lgr 11. 3 DEVELOPMENT OF THEMES, TEACHING MATERIALS AND COURSES Outdoor Mathematics, the school The book To learn Mathematics outdoors with 135 pages was published in late autumn of The book presents a great number of outdoor exercises organized according to the fulfillment goals within Mathematics for grades 5 and 9. More than copies have been sold up to December The book has also been translated and published in Latvia with the title Matematika Mezä. Parts of the book are also in Russian, Estonian and Finnish. The work of revising the book started during autum 2010 because of the new curriculum Lgr11. The work has been done by the Nature Schools of Nynäshamn, Uppland Foundation and Falun. The book was revised completely during 2011, and turned into a new book with 100 new exercises but with the same name. It will be published during spring Mats and Robert had a telephone conference with Uppsala and Falun nature schools on Feb 10 and meetings on Apr14-15, Aug 25-26, Nov 10-11and Dec16 concerning revision of the book To learn Mathematics outdoors. Photos have been taken during all the seasons of the year for the sake of the new book. This has been done by showing exercises during regular class visits or when a group of pupils have helped to do the exercises during school hours. Almost all photos have been taken by Nynäshamn Nature School. Outdoor Mathematics, pre-school In the beginning of 2007 the book Play and learn Mathematics outdoors was published. Nynäshamn Natur School has written the book together with the Uppland Foundation and Falu Nature School and two outdoor teachers from Uppsala and Öland respectively. More than copies have been sold up to December The book has been translated into Japanese during 2011and the layout has been set. To finalize the work we have to find a person who can read and review the book as well as check the quality. The book has also been translated into English and the layout has been set. It will be printed in the beginning of A meeting was held on May 23 with publisher Outdoor Teaching, the Nature School s contact person in Japan and a Japanese man who is interested in translating the book to Japanese. Mats and Robert had a meeting with the Japanese translator on Sep 10 and Nov 8 about the translation of Play and learn Mathematics outdoors. Nynäshamn Nature School has together with outdoor teachers from Älvkarleby, Uddevalla, Skärholmen, Södertälje and Lund written the book To learn Swedish outdoors. The book was published October During the year all schools have had the opportunity of two hours training where the participants were given one book each. This was done in cooperation with the Nature School and the Department of Childcare and Education in the Nynäshamn municipality. To learn outdoors all year round Nynäshamn Nature School s own book To learn outdoors all year round, which was published in 2008, is now used as compulsory teaching material within different courses in several schools of education in Sweden, such as Stockholm University and the universities in Malmö, Halmstad, Umeå and Kalmar. During the year the book was revised to adjust to the new curriculum Lgr 11. Through earlier contacts with Russia the work of translating the book into Russian has started. 4 NETWORKS The Nature School runs networks within schools and pre-schools to stimulate the work of sustainable development within the municipality. The school has 14 environmental group representatives and the pre-school has 23 environmental representatives. The following meetings have taken place during the year. During these meetings the Nature School has the possibility to distribute information about outdoor education, school ground development, Green Flag, environmental plans, current environmental knowledge, new courses, etc. The participants have the opportunity to share experiences with each other about environmental work, school ground projects and to get support in different issues. Spring term 2011 Atumn term 2011 Network Number of occasions Network Number of occasions The school s 3 x 2,5 hours The school s 3 x 2,5 hours environmental group environmental group The pre-school s environmental representatives 3 x 2 hours The pre-school s environmental representatives 2 x 2 hours GREEN FLAG The Nature School informs and inspires schools and pre-schools to work with the Green Flag project. The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation organizes and rewards schools and pre-schools in the whole country. The Nature School holds the information during network meetings, planning days and personnel conferences. Furthermore the Nature School pays the registration fee of 500 kronor to the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation for the schools and pre-schools that apply. Green Flag is a mini environmental management system where an environmental group is formed and they decide upon five goals to work with during at least six months. The goals concern six different themes: local environment, climate and energy, water resources, lifestyle and health, consumption and lifecycle. When the work has been approved the school or pre-school receives a diploma and a flag and they must then decide upon five new goals to be able to keep the flag. Current information about those working with the Green Flag can be read at Click the Green Flag logotype and we have joined. In December 2011, four pre-schools and four schools were certified with the Green Flag. More schools and pre-schools have registered and are working with their goals. According to the local environmental goals in Nynäshamn municipality, at least 50% of the schools and pre-schools should be certified with Green Flag or similar before 2012. 5 During the year we have written a tutorial, as inspiration, about the water resources theme for the schools and pre-schools in Nynäshamn municipality. The folder is 75 pages and divided into pre-school, from pre-school class-grade 3, grades 4-6 and grades 7-9. Mats participated in a principal s conference on Feb 25 about Green Flag, Etiquette at the toilet, Keep Nynäshamn Tidy and Earth Hour. Robert held information meeting at Vaktberget pre-school about Green Flag on Feb 17. Mats held information meeting at Kullsta pre-school about Green Flag on March 22. Mats participated in a principal s conference on Oct 7 about Green Flag and SPRING. Mats and Robert had a meeting at the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation s office on Nov 25 about Green Flag and the tutorial to the theme water resources. According to Nynäshamn local environmental goals, at least 50 % of the schools and pre-schools should be Green Flag-certified or similar before During the year the Nature School wrote an inspiration folder - a tutorial - to the schools and preschools in Nynäshamn municipality. The purpose of the folder of 75 pages is to be a guide in the Green Flag-work about the water resources theme. PROJECT AND CAMPAIGN The outdoor environment of schools and pre-schools a background The playground project started in the beginning of The purpose of the project is to develop the pre-schools playgrounds within the Nynäshamn municipality to let the children get close nature experiences and increased knowledge about ecology, eco cycle, plants and animals. It will also fill the children s need of motor skills training, play, good health, joy of discovery, creativity, quietness, etc. Initiative to the project came from the pre-schools environmental representatives. Over time also the school grounds have become included in the project. In the investment budget of the Department of Childcare and Education during the playground project was accounted for. The money improved the work with the school grounds. Things started to develop at the schools and pre-schools. Documentation from 2004 describes how the project proceeded. The new school/pre-schools school ground project continued where the last project ended. The project period was The project goal was to let all the pre-schools and schools within the Nynäshamn municipality to actively work with development of their school grounds both in short term and long term. There was money left during 2007 so the schools and pre-schools could continue their work of developing the school grounds. SPRING During 2007 the new and unique public health project SPRING (Shadow, Pedagogy, Activity In Nature and School Ground environments) was born and it started in During 2009 the project was running at full speed and up-to-date information can be found at 6 The purpose of SPRING is to create outdoor environments at pre-schools and schools in order to stimulate physical activity, to protect against harmful UV-radiation and to increase children s concentration ability, as well as to use the outdoor environments in the pedagogical work. The long-term goal of the project is to integrate it into regular work in the municipality, that the aspects that SPRING are built upon are taken into consideration when new pre-schools are built and during maintenance of school grounds. This is to be achieved by implementing the project within the regular work in cooperation with the different departments of the municipality. The project continued during 2011 with work on the school grounds involved in the project, focusing on documentation, evaluation and implementation of SPRING into regular work. Mats and Robert had meetings with SPRING s steering group on Mar16, Apr 27, Sep 21 and Nov 28. Mats had a meeting with Cecilia Boldemann from Karolinska Institutet on Jan 27 about SPRING and the inquiries that will be sent out during spring. Mats attended a meeting with the principals at Vanstaskolan, the head of the schools Marie Lööf as well as Inger Höjer from the National Public Art Council Sweden on Jan 17 for the purpose of the illustration of the school ground at Vanstaskolan as part of the SPRINGproject. Mats attended a meeting with Vanstaskolan s management group on Feb 10 concerning the illustration of the school ground at Vanstaskolan. Mats attended a public health meeting on May 19 and Aug 18 concerning the public health conference during the autumn. SPRING is one of the public health projects. Robert attended a meeting with two researchers from Karolinska Institutet at Vanstaskolan school ground on May 20 concerning a project named Kidscape 2. Mats and Robert had a meeting with Vanstaskolan s school ground group and the two industrial designers Folkform on May 31 concerning the illustration project at Vanstaskolan school ground. Mats and Robert had a meeting with the National Public Art Council Sweden on June 8 concerning the illustration project at Vanstaskolan school ground. Mats had a meeting with the arts teachers at Vanstaskolan and an arts teacher from the National Public Art Council Sweden on Aug16 concerning the workshops that were to be held later during the autumn. Mats and Robert had a meeting on Sep 9 with Konstform, arts teacher from National Public Art Council Sweden and teachers from Vanstaskolan concerning workshops. Robert had a meeting with a representative from the Section of Planning and Sustainable Development on Sep 12 concerning the detailed plan for Ösmo, to make sure that the illustration project at Vanstaskolan would not conflict with other plans. Mats had a meeting with Vanstaskolan on Sep 12 concerning workshops. Folkform and the arts teacher from the National Public Art Council Sweden arranged a workshop with pupils at Vanstaskolan on Sep 27. The purpose was for the pupils to write down their ideas about the outdoor environment so that Folkform could draw a proposal and present it to Vanstaskolan s school ground group and SPRINGs steering group. Robert had a meeting with the head of the Department of Childcare and Education on Oct 3 concerning implementation of the SPRING-project. Mats attended a principal s conference on Oct 7 concerning SPRING and Green Flag. A one-day course was held at the Nature School on Oct 17 with the name A stimulating outdoor environment for children and pupils by Sara Chronvall and Anna-Karin Hughes. The target groups were estate technicians, school keepers, park personnel and environmental representatives from schools and pre-schools. Mats and Robert had a telephone conference with the previous SPRING working group, i.e. the Nature School and representatives from Karolinska institutet. Mats and Robert had a meeting with Folkform on Oct 26 concerning the results of the two workshops previously carried out at Vanstaskolan grades 6-9 and pre-school class-grade 5. 7 Mats and Robert had a meeting with the municipality s health advisers on Nov 17 and Dec 12 concerning implementation of the SPRING-project and how it can be illustrated in the record of the safety check, the so called Toolbox. Robert attended a meeting with one of the administrative managers on Nov 23 concerning the outdoor environment at a newly opened pre-school unit. Mats had a meeting with Folkform on Nov 24 concerning the design proposal before the meeting with SPRING s steering group and Vanstaskolan s school ground group. Mats and Robert had a meeting with Vanstaskolan s school ground group, arts teachers and Folkform concerning Folkform s design which they had done based on the two workshops with pupils at Vanstaskolan. Mats attended a meeting with Utenavet as representative of the Nature School Association in Umeå on Nov concerning follow-up of the Malmö conference Out is cool. Mats attended a meeting with the financial controller of the Department of Childcare and Education on Dec 1 concerning the Nature School s 2012-year budget. Mats had a meeting with the Head of the Housing Administration on Dec 5 concerning the implementation of the SPRING-project and asphalt-painting for summer workers during Mats and Robert had a telephone meeting with Folkform on Dec 19 concerning priorities in the illustration project at Vanstaskolan based on the comments on Folkform s design from the school ground group and the SPRING steering group. Vaktberget pre-school. A stairway to increase the activity and trees for shadows, nicely integrated in a narrow and highly sun-exposed playground. Vaktberget pre-school. A girl is walking through the shrubbery on the part of the yard where the fence has been moved further out and new land has been incorporated. The new area stimulates to both activity and discoveries and it provides shadow when needed most, during May to August 11a.m.-15 p.m. 8 The EU-project COBWEB This EU-project has been a border-crossing cooperation where key actors, universities, museums as well as nature and environmental schools together create environment-educational materials and programs, which affect people s feelings and senses. At the same time the most up-to-date knowledge about status of the environment and sustainability is combined with efficient environmental communication. The project planning started in August 2007 and has evolved into great cooperative work. The leading thought of the planning process was to create a work and learn together -project with common and concrete results and transnational values. Partners from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden have participated in the project. Nynäshamn Nature School was the only Swedish partner and the project lasted during the years More about the project can be found on the Nature School s English part of the website. Within the project and during the year Nynäshamn Nature School has produced a couple of teaching materials; Ecological Outdoor Games and Keep the Municipality Tidy. Both have been translated into English. Teaching materials produced by other partners are for example Movement of Animals, which has been translated and printed by Nynäshamn Nature School with means from the project. The
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