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Year 4 Goes to Naturskolan

Year 4 Goes to Naturskolan

Here in Falu Kommun, we’re really lucky to have access to Naturskolan. They have unique programming for the different year levels, and our students take a day off from their regular classroom lessons to have an amazing lesson in the world’s biggest classroom - nature!

Back in September, you could see pictures and stories from the Year 6’s trip to Naturskolan. This month, our Year 4s visit was full of fun team building and meeting the farm animals (their favourite part!).

The day started off with a class meeting in the Naturskolan Teepee, where we met our leaders, ate snack, and learned about what we would be doing for the day. Then we were all randomly divided into groups - the pinecone group, the grains group, the stick group, and the wool group! These were our groups for the day to do all the activities in.

Two groups started at the wood stations. Here we learned how to chop a tree from start to finish. Our Naturskolan guide, Evis, taught us how to seperate the large logs of wood into smaller pieces, how to saw, and how to chop the wood into smaller pieces that are great for a fire. Students got to be part of the process from start to finish, and then places the smaller pieces in a pile that will dry out for the next year before it can be firewood.

The other half of the group got to visit the farm animals. Naturskolan is home to many cows, pigs, goats, and sheep! Students got to visit all the animals and then prepare a snack for them. Scroll down to see pictures of all the animals.

After a wonderful morning, we ate lunch together in the teepee by a fire before we set off on our afternoon adventures. It was really fun to hear students reflect on their morning activities and discuss how to take better care of nature and animals. After everyone finished eating, we headed off to the river to do a really fun team building activity. Students created watermills together in their groups and then got to test them in the water once they were done.

To finish off the day, students got to have a quiet moment where they could carve and design their own bark boats (barkbåtar) and test them out in the water before we headed back to school.

A wonderful day was had by all students and teachers at Naturskolan! See below for even more pictures from our adventures. :)

World Book Day Celebrations

World Book Day Celebrations

Hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Book Day is celebrated around the world on April 23rd each year. The day is to celebrate books and to promote reading. This year, Ms de Linares wanted to host a week-long celebration for World Book Day, so IES Falun had lots of fun activities happening!

To begin World Book Day celebrations, we opened up a competitions where classes were to design their classroom door to look like a book cover. They could chose to decorate their door like a book they had been reading together in class, or a book that their age group really loves, or a childrens book they all grew up on. It was up to the students in the class to pick the book and work together to recreate the cover across their classroom door. Our students did an absolutely amazing job, and you can see some of our classroom doors below!

In the library, Ms de Linares had worked her magic to create five miniature scenes from five different famous books. Throughout the week, students could come to the library to try to guess which book the scene was from, and who the author of the book was, to win some prizes! If they had a hard time figuring it out, they just needed to look for clues around the library!

Ms de Linares also hosted cozy origami lessons before school and on breaks for students who wanted to learn how do origami. She taught them how to fold a paper swans, foxes, and more!

On Thursday, Usborne Books came to sell books in the library. Usborne Books comes a few times a year to our school to sell English books, which is such a wonderful opportunity for our community since childrens books in English are hard to come by!

Finally, to finish off the week of World Book Day celebrations, we hosted a Favourite Book Character dress-up day! It was so fun to see which characters staff and students around the school chose to be.

We had a really wonderful time celebrating books this year for World Book Day. Looking forward to next year’s celebrations!

From the Principal

Spring is here

It has been a long battle for "Gumman Tö" to arrive with Spring this year. Last week, she managed to the clear the bandy-plan from snow and ice, and this week she got help from several students, who worked devotedly to clear the soccer field. In fact, the entire schoolyard is finally clean, and now provides many summer-time, wished, and longed for, activities.

Since the 15th April, we have also enjoyed our new kitchen manager's, Mr. Björklund, new lunch menu. Our lunches have had a huge boost, especially with the nice salad buffet, that offers so many varieties and choices.

This week started with World Book Day, which we, at IES Falun, of course, celebrate throughout the week. Ms de Linares is hosting a series of events in the library, and students and mentors are decorating their classroom doors as a book cover. The week will end with a Spirit Day, when we all dress up as our favourite book characters. Please, find some examples to the right in the School blog, and below are some examples of the “guess which book”-competition.

Enjoy!

Magdalena Iljans

From the Principal

Workshop Day for our new students that will join us in August 2018

Dear all

This Saturday, we had the pleasure to welcome our new students that will join us at IES Falun in August 2018.

I had the privilege to welcome 94 excited students and their guardians outside on our Playground in the most beautiful winter weather. 14 teachers then collected the students in groups, and guided them in through our school and in to class rooms, where they had their first experience on how life as a student at IES Falun is. The students had three mini-lessons, in Math, Swedish and English, as well as a social activity.

This Work Shop Day is an opportunity for both our new students to get to know our school and each other, and our new IESF guardians, to meet each other, and the management team.

While their children were in “lessons”, the guardians met in the lunch hall, where I explained about IES Falun, what we believe in as a school organisation, our expectations and how we need to work together to balance and ensure our students well-being in school and outside of school. The school's Academic Assistant Principal, Ms Doty spoke about the academics at the school, how we work to support that all students fulfill their potential. Our Junior Club leader, Ms Campbell, also explained about Junior Club.

Thank you so much to everyone who came!

We ask guardians of students who could not attend the Workshop Day on Saturday to contact Ms Ailsa Panton as soon as possible to secure placement for your child in August. Her email address is ailsa.panton.falun@engelska.se

Best Regards,

Ms Iljans

Friendship Week Olympics!

Friendship Week Olympics!

Friendship Week has been a tradition here at IES Falun since we opened our doors in 2014. It’s a week where we can focus on building stronger friendships and think more about treating others with respect and kindness. However, this year we got a little inspiration from the Olympics taking place, so we decided to host the Friendship Week Olympics for the first time!

The response was absolutely amazing! Students really rose to the occasion and truly embodied what it means to care for others.

The competition comprised of a number of small challenges. IES Falun’s regular reward system, called Well Dones, were counted as points when students went above and beyond to show kindness towards someone else. We also hosted Theme Days, Year Group Lunches, and Instagram Challenges all week long where students could earn different amounts of points for participation. The final game changer was a challenge all classes received: to perform a (not so) Random Act of Kindness towards another class! Each class in the school received an envelope with a piece of paper outlining their challenge. Before the week was out, they needed to surprise their designated class. Students used their imaginations and surprised their fellow schoolmates in such amazing ways - singing them songs, baking them fika, and decorating their classrooms or lockers. It was a real treat to see each class work as a team to make another class happy!

In the end, we celebrated the two winning classes with fika - the Junior class and Senior class with the most Friendship Week Olympic Points. Our senior student competition was so tight - the first place and second place classes were only a half point apart! So, in the true spirit of Friendship Week, our Senior winners shared their fika with the 2nd place class and have a lovely fika together before Sportlov.

We are all so proud of our students for their engagement in the Friendship Week Olympics! We have lots of energy from both staff and students to continue these activities more often in our school, which we are so looking forward to!

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