Day of Non-stop Activities

PORG International School Ostrava Day of Nonstop Activities

On January 12, we held our first DNA Saturday event - a Day of Non-stop Activities. We invited children in the primary school age group to come and see how lessons at our school are taught differently compared to many regular schools. You can see some of the photos here:

Rather than teaching each subject as something separate, we believe in reconnecting the subjects we teach to the world around us, with practical examples of how the knowledge is useful and how different subjects are linked.

The activities showed the children some real-life applications of the topics. For example in art, how they can use a basic understanding of how substances and materials interact to produce new effects. Or maths, learning to visually appreciate the relationship between numbers and what they represent by looking at how to categorise various amounts of different toys and arranging them as if they were in a table.

Over in the music room, other children were getting a fun introduction to all manner of maths and physics, not to mention self-expression, as they used rhythm instruments to create beats, learn what sounds good or bad together and dance to their own music.

Outside in the snow, pairs of kids made small snow piles around plastic bottles partly filled with vinegar. As they added baking soda, atoms changed position and molecular bonds were broken and reformed in ways that they will learn about in years to come. Right there and then though, it was just fun to have their own ‘snow volcano’ as carbon dioxide frothed up the liquid and sent it flowing out of the bottles and down the sides. Soon they were all asking why it happened.

There was a Rubik’s Cube group, unconsciously applying logic and maths to what, in future years, they will come to know as an algorithm. Next door, the smallest kid in the group lifted the biggest teacher right off the floor using simple mechanics while others found out just how it is that the gears on their bikes make riding up hills easier.

Many of the children we teach now will eventually have careers in fields which do not exist yet. Some may even work in fields we cannot even imagine today. Since there is no way for us to teach them how to do these jobs, our goal is to help them learn to stay curious as they grow up - using knowledge in combination rather than isolation and finding solutions through original thinking.