SUMMER CAMP 2017

Starting the first week of June, a summer language camp for primary students was conducted in our school. The camp duration was 5 days, starting on the first of June and continuing till the 8th. The summer camp was attended by the students of the second grade.

This year the main theme of our camp was “Health and Sports”. All projects and activities were based around the theme, giving the kids a great opportunity to stretch their creative skills as well as learn the importance of healthy eating and doing sports exercises to stay healthy and strong.

The main idea of the summer language camp is to have fun with friends and communicate English as much as possible.

Objectives of the camp:

- to offer a unique camp atmosphere in which nature, health and sports are emphasized;

-  to motivate students to learn English and improve their speaking skills;

- to generate interest in various subjects other than the curriculum;

- to give kids an opportunity to learn and develop skills like crafts, painting, sports;

- to provide a wonderful opportunity to move, dance;

- to develop positive self - esteem and self -confidence, teamwork skills;

The direction of the camp was project – based learning.

The motto of our camp:  “Camp can be fun – playing can be learning.”

We did our best to provide an exciting, interesting programme to ensure that each child has the best week ever. During each day, the campers participated in many activities, including games, ice breakers, energizers, sports relays, role plays, projects and quizzes. Activities were conducted in English and students tried to speak English while participated in them.

As the main theme of our camp was Health and Sports, the kids learnt about healthy and unhealthy food, fruits and vegetables, traditional Ukrainian and British dishes, about games and sports in Britain. The classes were dynamic, full of integrated and project – based tasks. They were designed to be interesting and engaging and mostly focused on speaking and listening.

                            

The kids spent a lot of the time jumping, playing ball games, running, skipping outdoors in direct touch with the nature. They felt happy, healthy and free.

                        

On the first day at our camp we had a “Who we are “Day. During this day the campers learnt the shoutings and the motto of the camp, set the camp rules and played circle games, learnt the meanings of their names, created and presented a project” About myself”.

                        

Camp rules.

Laugh out loud! Look for adventure. Relax. Be free. Smile. Tell stories. Play games. Go explore. Learn something new. Take pictures. Sing camp songs. Make memories. Speak English at all times at the camp. Help others. Show respect for everyone around you. Have fun. No fighting and no bulling! Be safe. Enjoy the day!

To encourage teamwork and social interaction we played a lot of circle games. The children learnt that success is a result of positive attitude and immense enjoyment.


My student’s favourite games were:

All change

Learning Objectives: Problem solving, Cooperation, Communication, Working together, Leadership

Children stand in a circle and the teacher taps one on the shoulder. The child starts an action e.g. clapping, which the others have to follow. Teacher taps another on the shoulder and the children change to new action.


Whose voice is that?

Learning Objectives: Problem solving, Cooperation, Communication, Working together, Leadership, Self-confidence, Decision making, Trust

Children stand in a circle. One in the middle is blindfolded. A child from the circle makes an animal noise and the blindfolded child has to guess who made the noise.

Feely bag

Learning Objectives: Problem solving, Cooperation, Communication

Have the children guess themed objects in a feely bag.

                                                 

Cat and mouse

Learning Objectives: Self-confidence, Working together, Problem solving, Following instruction, Cooperation, Communication

Have the whole group stand in a circle. The ‘mouse’ walks around the outside of the circle. The mouse taps a cat on the shoulder and has to get back to his or her place before the cat can catch him or her.

Around the world

Learning Objectives: Working together, Problem solving, Cooperation, Communication, Following instructions, Decision making

Put North, South, East and West on the 4 walls. Children start in the middle and shout out commands as to where to sail the ship. If the teacher shouts ‘All round the world’ the children have to visit all four walls and get back to the middle.

Handwriting

Learning Objectives: Problem solving, Cooperation, Communication, Working together, leadership, Self-confidence, Decision making

In pairs: Each child takes it in turns to draw a shape on their partner’s hand using a finger. Children must close eyes and guess what the shape is.

In a circle: Children are to pass the shape around without talking and see if the shape is the same at the end.

Besides circle games we played board games, which are a fun way to learn vocabulary and develop important social skills, such as communication, sharing, waiting, taking turns and enjoying interactions with others.

         

On the second day of our camp the kids presented a project “My favourite fruits and vegetables”, made a paper rainbow, sang songs, played games and watched cartoons.

                                        
           My students liked creating something new and bright. At the art class we made a cute paper rainbow and a 3D paper ladybug. It was a quick craft project and a wonderful decoration.
               
             
                                                  

We watched cartoons in English. All cartoons were chosen by the kids in the questionnaire done by them in May. We watched “Ben and Holly’s little Kingdom”, “Peppa Pig”, “Mickey Mouse” and “Doki”. After watching the cartoon the children discussed and drew their favourite characters and episodes, role played their favourite scenes.

To motivate my students, build rapport, give them a confidence, break down social barriers and just for fun I used English kid’s songs during our classes at the camp. We sang different songs about animals, food, nature and sport. My students most liked “Do you like broccoli ice cream?” and “Baby shark” songs. The last one we role played, using self – made shark stick puppets.


  
                                                        



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