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Booklet about our Comenius Project: games.


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    Hornindal Skule, Hornindal, Norway

    Lcole de la Bajatire, Grenoble, France

    Escola Mowgli, Reus, Catalonia

    Agrupamento de Escolas de Cinfes, Portugal

    IV Circolo Didattico Tommaso Fiore, Gravina di Puglia, Italy

    Ligoniel Primary School, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Amberley Primary School, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

    Martikkalan Koulu, Lapinlahti, Finland

    Vierem Kirkonkyl Koulu, Finland

    Happy Troubadours card game

    Troubadours flag game

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    This booklet has been created by the pupils and staff of the 9 schools who form the Troubadours United project. This Comenius partnership of schools was formed in 2009 with the aim of sharing indoor and outdoor games that are popular in each others countries. For the last two years our pupils have been trying out the games and for this booklet two games from each country have been selected. We have also shared some information about our countries and schools which you might find interesting. We hope that you will enjoy playing our indoor and outdoor games as much as we have.

    As the coordinator of the project I would like to thank all my Troubadour United colleagues for their help in compiling this booklet. It has been a marvellous journey together and a rewarding outcome.

    To the Troubadours United coordinators I would like to say

    Kiitos ystvtObrigado amigos

    Grcies amicsMerci les amisGrazie Amici

    Tusen takk venerDky, kamardi

    Thank you friends

    Idar Holen from NorwayMaryse Eyraud from France

    Pere Moyano and Iban Porta from CataloniaDulcie Costa from PortugalRosalia Petrocelli from Italy

    Neal Sheppard from EnglandRaija Pasanen, Marita Kiiski and Anni Juntunen from Finland

    Claire Hilman

    Northern Ireland Project Coordinator


    A special thank you goes to our colleagues, Petra Pavlikova and Jitka Pechova, from the Czech Republic, and their work in preparing the application for the partnership, Unfortunately the school in the Czech Rebublic had to withdraw from the project before completion.

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    Area: 385 000 km

    Population: 4.8 million

    Capital City: Oslo

    Official Language: Norwegian and Sami

    Nationality: Norwegian

    National Day: 17th of May, Constitution Day

    Anthem: Ja, vi elsker

    Main religions: Christian: Lutheran.

    Currency: Kroner

    Highest Point: Galdhpiggen 2469 m

    Longest river: River Gloma 600 km

    Largest lake: Lake Mjsa 368 km


    Norway is in the north and west of Europe. Its neighbours are Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Together they make up the Nordic countries.In summertime the midnightsun shines all day in the north.

    Norway is famous for its long coast with lots of islands and beautilful Fjords.Norway has lots of big glaciers and lovely waterfalls.


    Our flag has a Christian cross. The cross is blue outlined in white and on a red background. We got our flag in 1821.


    We have oil in the North Sea.

    We have many beautiful Fjords.

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    Hornindal School has 175 children. They age from 6 to 16 years old, from 1st to 10th grade. There are about 25 teachers and assistants working in our school. The school was built in 1974.

    This year, 2011, we are going to build a new big sports hall on the school site.

    Hornindal School has taken part in three Comenius projects since 2004, and we enjoy working with our Comenius family very much!!

    Our school is situated in the municipality of Hornindal and beside the beautiful Hornindalsvatn or Hornindal Water, the deepest lake in Europe, 514 m deep. The population of Hornindal is approximately 1,200 people. Our school is in Grods, it is the main village in Hornindal and it is at the east end of Hornindal Water.

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    1. The children stand in a circle. Place spoons on the floor in front of each child but make sure you have one spoon less than the number of children.

    2. When you start playing music the children walk around the spoons with their hands up behind their head.

    3. When the music stops they must each try to get a spoon. The child that doesnt get a spoon is out of the game. Then you remove another spoon and play more music. When it stops, the children must try to get a spoon again. Continue this until there is only one spoon and two participants left.

    4. Play the music again and when it stops the winner is the one that gets the last spoon.

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    In this relay everybody can participate. Nobody knows what they are going to do before they meet at the stadium. 168 pupils and teachers took part when Comenius visited the school.

    These pictures are from some of the legs.

    1st grade started. They used a scooter to move to the exchange.

    The next participants had to blow the ping-pong ball to the exchange.

    This participant has to run with a balloon between his legs to the exchange.

    When the pupils with the balloon are coming to the exchange the pupils in this leg pricked the balloon with a needle and run off into the woods to pick flowers. They brought the bouquet to the exchange.


    Next time nobody knows what the are going to do in the Alternative Relay.

    We always keep it a secret and we are changing the legs everytime.

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    FranceWHERE IS FRANCE?France is in western Europe. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It shares a border with Belguim, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Adorra and so it is like a crossroads at the heart of Europe.

    The European Parliament is located in Strasbourg. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity is our Motto.


    Area: 674,843 km

    Population: 64 million

    Capital City: Paris

    Official Language: French

    Nationality: French

    National Day: 14 July, Bastille Day

    Anthem: La Marseillaise

    Main religions: Christian, Islam

    Currency: Euro ()

    Highest Point: Mont Blanc 4,810m

    Longest river: La Loire 1,013 km

    Largest lake: Lac du Bourgey 44.5 km

    The blue and red are the colours of Paris and white was the colour of the nation in the time of kings. At the time of the revolution of 1789, the white was inserted between the colours of Paris as it was the city where the revolution began.


    The TGV (high-speed train) has reduced distances not only within France but also to its neighbours: Great-Britain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and soon Italy.

    France is a nation of research and innovation but also art, fashion, culture, history and architecture. In November 2010 the French Gastronomy was added by UNESCO to its lists of the worlds Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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    Our school is in the city of Grenoble in the southeast of France, it is one of the main cities of the Rhone-Alps region and is famous for its beautiful setting at the heart of 3 alpine mountain chains: Belledonne, Chartreuse and Vercors.

    Grenoble is the flattest city in France and it sits at an altitude of 213 meters. It has a remarkable university and a large scientific community which give Grenoble a cosmopolitan feel. It is a city that is constantly on the move.

    Les Bulles de Grenoble are the cable cars that take people from the valley floor up into the mountains

    Les bulles Grenoble

    The Comenius project is an opportunity to share experiences, competencies and friendship. It is a way to explore different approaches and interpretations in our different schools. It allows us to share wishes and to move forward.

    Our Comenius moto is the AIM is the ROAD.

    Our little school Lcole de la Bajatire is in a suburban area.

    We have 125 pupils from 6 to 11 years old and 5 teachers in primary school and 91 pupils from 3 to 5 years old and 3 teachers in preprimary school

    Each teacher is in charge of one level and teaches every subject.

    The Headmasters are also in charge of a class.School time is from 8:30 to 11:30 am 1:30 to 4:30 pm

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    We collected the chestnuts and we do some art and craft activities.

    We invented the rainbow game.

    First you draw rings of colour like an archers target. Each colour can correspond to a number (or a geometric shape) so that it becomes a mathematics game.

    In our game you put your chestnut on the outside of the rings and flick it to the centre. You score points depending on where the chestnut lands e.g. if it lands on the yellow ring you score 5 points, if your chestnut lands in the centre you score 30 points.

    You can decide the points and colours for your own game and you can make different rules e.g. if you land in the yellow ring you have to sing a song, or if you land in the centre you run on the spot for 1 minute.

    This game can be played indoors or outdoors and combines many areas of the curriculum.

    In autumn we look for and collect natural treasures like our traditional chestnuts.

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    You also have to make cards to match each ofthe pictures squares on your board game.

    One side of each card will show the same picture as on the board, as well as the name in English. The back of each card will show a related vocabulary word, for example, cow and milk and a short English sentence, for example, I like milk.

    You need to make a list of the cards with their vocabulary words and sentences. Before you start the game you have to hide the picture cards in the playground.

    The teacher can be the leader and can check the answer on the list of vocabulary words and sentences. You play the game in teams, you can have 2 to 3 players in a team.


    1 The team rolls the dice.

    2 The team moves its marker the number of squares indicated on the dice.

    3 If the square has instructions, the team follows the instructions. If the square has a picture, the team goes into the playground and searches for the corresponding picture card.

    4 Once someone on the team finds the card, they call the others. The team memorizes the English word or sentence on the back and then leaves the card back in its place.

    5 The team returns together to the board game and presents the English word or sentence. If the team has forgotten it, they must go back to the card and look again.

    6 The team who reaches the last square first wins.

    You need to make a board game like this one with picture squares and instruction squares for example, move back 3 spaces. You can use your own symbols.

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    Catalonia~SpainWHERE IS CATALONIA?

    The flag of Catalonia is called La Senyera. It has four red bars on a golden background and was adopted as the official symbol of Catalonia in 1932. It is said that the four red bars were made by the French king Charles the Bald after a battle when he spread his fingers in the blood of the nobles and drew four red stripes on his golden shield.

    Area: 32.107 km

    Population: 7.5 million

    Capital City: Barcelona

    Official Language: Catalan and Spanish

    Nationality: Spanish

    National Day: 11th September

    Anthem (song): Els Segadors

    Main religions: Christian, Catholic

    Currency: Euro

    Highest Point: Pica dEstats (3142 m)

    Longest river: Rio Ebre, 910 km

    Largest lake: Estany de Banyoles 12 km



    Sagrada Familia: The Sagrada Familia is the symbol of Barcelona and one of the most famous buildings in the world. The building of the church began in 1882 by Antoni Gaudi, the architect, and it is still to be completed. The work conducted by Gaudi was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2005.

    Castells: Castells are towers made from people or human towers. They have traditionally been built at festivals in Catalonia for over 200 years. Teams of people called castellers compete to see who can built the tallest tower. Hundreds of peope can be in a team and some towers have been 10 stages high. In 2006 the building of Castells was declared by UNESCO to be part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    Catalonia or Catalunya (in Catalan) is a European and Western Mediterranean country, it is constituted as an autonomous community of Spain. It is located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, bordered to the north with France and Andorra, to the west and south by Spain and to the east by the Mediterranean Sea.

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    Our school is in the north of the city of Reus, Catalonia. We are located in a quiet place surrounded by beautiful trees and fresh air.

    Our school is 46 years old and we currently have 238 children attending, the youngest is 3 and the oldest is 12.

    Our school opens at 08.30 in the morning and finishes at 16.30. We stop for lunch from 12.00 to 15.00 for the youngest children and from 13.00 to 15.00 for the oldest children.

    Last year we opened new facilities that improve the quality of teaching; new classrooms, a computer suite, a library and administration offices.

    In the same way that we believe the Library is an important part of the development of children, the realization of this European project has given an added dimension to the work of our school. Grcies amics.

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    This game can be played indoors or outdoors.

    The game ends when only one person from team A remains in the centre. Team B has seven throws to get the team A player out. If they dont, the

    team A wins but if they do team B wins.

    In this game, team B must try to eliminate team A with a ball. They throw the ball from one side to the other and try to hit members of team A.

    Team A should try to dodge the ball, but when they are hit they are out.

    There is an exception: if the ball bounces on the ground before touching the player they are not out. Also if someone in team A catches the ball they earn a life and can save a team member who has been put out.

    You need a large space to play this game, a hall or gym is best. Divide the gym into 3 sections with cones. The central section must be the widest. Divide your players into 2 teams, A and B. Team A is placed in the center section, between the cones, and team B goes either side of team A.

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    This game uses the coloured lines that mark games in the playground.

    All players are placed on the different lines of colours, this determines the track they have to follow e.g. white or blue or yellow. No one can leave the coloured lines, all have to run on them.

    Some participants with special T-shirts are "COMECOCOS (pursuers). They try to catch and eat the other children, they are called the "COCO" (persecuted).

    If the Comecocos catch someone, they change the T-shirt and swap the roles, from Com...