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March 2002 Snapshot Project


This project was organised by our contact school in Moscow and their student Viking Club and Sergey, our coordinator in Russia.

Participants were asked to answer these questions:

1. How long are the breaks at your school? 2. What times are the breaks?
3. Do you have a break for lunch? 4. Where do you spend the breaks? 5. How can you describe everything that's going on during a break? (a calm, a disaster, a sleeping kingdom, football, etc.).
6. What is so special about the activity during breaks in your own school?

We want to thank everybody for their participation. We have prepared an analysis of your answers and offer it so you can get acquainted with it.

The pupils from Butlersbridge Primary School which is situated in Ireland prefer different kinds of active games and entertainment, for example, they play football in the yard on a hard pitch or have a good time playing running games like "Chase", "Cops and Robbers" or walk around the school. On wet days they prefer to be inside and play some indoor games (computer games for example).

Students from the other Irish school Tankerstown National School told us that they have two small breaks and a big one which lasts 30 minutes. Many boys from this school are soccer fanatics and play this game during the whole big break while some girls join in or play games like "House", "Hopskotch" or "Rounders". If the day is wet then kids spend the time of breaks in their classroom: they read, chat or play boardgames.

Pupils from Yonatan Netanyahu School have 2 breaks (the bigger is at 9:50 and the smaller break is between 11:50 and 12:00). They do not have time for lunch because they learn only till 12:45. During the breaks they often play cards in the classroom or some active games in the playground near the school, for example football and basketball. Sometimes it is noisy in the playground and the conditions are not very friendly there because pupils sometimes argue about whose turn it is to play in the yard. Twice a week especially on rainy days they have a special activity break where they play box games.

Pupils of this school enjoy such breaks a lot because from their point of view these games bring in variety in their daily school life. Sometimes they ask for the permission of their secretary to stay in his office during the break and listen to the news on radio. If the news is good then all kids are happy and if there is no news they say: NO NEWS - GOOD NEWS!!!

On the whole pupils from Jerusalem like breaks because of the ability to talk and play with each other.

Students from the Norwegian school Riddersand school answered that they do many things during the breaks, for example slide on a sledge, play football in gymnasium, listen to music, talk and have fun in the classroom.

We received an answer from Denmark where the students wrote us what they always do during the breaks. In general they spend their free time in a school yard, where everything that is going on there can be described like disaster. We think that comments are unnecessary.

Students from the other Danish school told us that in the breaks they buy candy in a shop which is situated near the school, check their e-mail, some people just sit in the classroom and some people spend this time active, for example play soccer in the schoolyard or walk around the school and talk to each other. In winter many boys and girls like to throw snowballs or as they call this entertainment - "a snowball war". After that some pupils eat their lunch which they bring from home.

The same idea about being active during the breaks is shared by the pupils of Junior Highschool in Finland. They surprised us very much because they spend their breaks playing football in the corridor of their school that is why windows do not last long there.

Children from Busses School in Copenhagen have fun in different ways, for example play cards, listen to music, talk, play football, basketball and stickball in their gymnastic hall. In the wintertime, if there is snow, then they have a big snowball fight and in summer kids are practically living in the playground, especially the girls, because they want to get a nice color. Everybody likes to play ball or to talk there. Sometimes teenagers go to the supermarket to buy something to eat.

Pupils of Vik School, which is situated in Oslo, were enthusiastic about answering our questions. They spend the breaks in the school library or in the street where they play on the ice of a lake located close to the school, play games like throwing snowballs or just chat. In summer they always play football, walk around the school and entertain themselves in different ways.

Norwegian teens from the other school characterize their breaks as alternating between a Sleeping Kingdom and a football match.

Thank you all!

Updated 23 March 2002 by The Viking Network.
Irish Co-ordinator Michael Farry. Navan Education Centre.

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