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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!

Winter Sports Day

Winter Sports Day

Both staff and students had a great time at this year’s Winter Sports Day! As we have done in the past, students got to choose between three activities: skiing and snowboarding at Källviksbackan, skating at Lugnet, or sledding at Åsbobacken.

On Winter Sports Day, students met their leaders at school and then headed off to have a fun day in the snow! Lucky for us, the weather was on our side and everyone had great conditions to do their winter sports in. At lunch time, students and staff created a big fire to roast their hotdogs on for a cozy winter’s day meal together.

Next year, our school looks forward to some exciting changes in our Winter Sports Day set-up. As we strive to build stronger relationships between students in parallel classes, we will be doing winter sports activities as a Year Group moving forward. This way, students still get to do fun winter sports for a day, but they also get to meet students from the other classes in their Year Group.

Alla På Snö (Year 4)

Alla På Snö (Year 4)

Falun, Sweden is both a local and international hub for skiing. We host the annual Swedish Ski Games, have hosted the Nordic World Ski Championships a number of times, and have even bid to host the Winter Olympics! With so much skiing happening around town, it’s such a surprise that IES Falun participated in Alla På Snö for the first time this Winter!

Alla På Snö is a wonderful event organized by the Swedish Ski Association (Svenska Skidförbundet). Each year, they invite students from Year 4 to participate in a fun day in the snow. It is an incredible opportunity for both the students and the leaders to connect through such a fun sport!

This year, students from Kristinegymnasiet acted as the station leaders for our Year 4 students. They lead five different stations, where students got to warm up in their skis, play tag, complete in obstacle courses, and learn how to do some slalom in their cross country skis. Of course going downhill was the most exciting part!

‘The leaders were really nice! They were really good at explaining what we would do at each station’ said a student in 4B. When we asked the students what their wishes were for next time, most were quick to request a longer day of skiing.

Our school is really looking forward to future years with Alla På Snö!

Welcome Back for Spring Term!

Welcome Back for Spring Term!

We hope all our IES Falun families have had a happy, healthy, and relaxing break for the holidays! It's almost time to start our Spring 2018 Term!

Spring Term Start Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 (students follow their regular Wednesday schedule)

This Spring, we have lots to look forward to at IES Falun! Students and families can follow along in our SchoolSoft Calendar for specific dates, times, and locations, but here is a little sneak peak:

  • January: Welcome Back Disco hosted by the Year 7s
  • February: Social Media Week, Friendship Week, Here4U Disco, Winter Sports Day, and the Library VIP Event
  • April: World Book Day and Book Binding Days in the Library
  • June: Creative Subject Day, Choice Days, and Mentor Days

Looking forward to a fun and exciting Spring Term together!

Skoljoggen 2017

Skoljoggen 2017

Hello IES Falun!

Yesterday, our school ran Skoljoggen for the first time, and it was such a great morning!

Students arrived at school between 08:00 - 09:00 for some warm oatmeal and sandwiches at Breakfast Club, and then they headed out to Kålgården for their 60 minute run, jog, walk, or skip around the lake. We also lucked out with some gorgeous autumn weather - perfect for some outdoor exercise!

The loop around Kålgården is approximately 1500m long - which is a pretty long route! But our staff and students were able to do an average of 3 laps around the lake (4.5 km!). So on that note, we wanted to share some statistics from our very first Skoljoggen!

**Our students ran around Kålgården a total of 1146 times!**

**Our students ran a total of 1716 km!**

JUNIOR SCHOOL RESULTS

  • 3rd place prize goes to… 6C with 85 laps around Kålgården (127.5 km!)
  • 2nd place prize goes to… 6A with 89 laps around Kålgården (133.5 km!)
  • 1st place prize goes to… 5C with 90 laps around Kålgården (135 km!)

SENIOR SCHOOL RESULTS

  • 3rd place prize goes to… 7A with 73 laps around Kålgården (109.5 km!)
  • 2nd place prize goes to… 7C with 74 laps around Kålgården (111 km!)
  • 1st place prize goes to… 9A with 78 laps around Kålgården (117 km!)

Congratulations to our Winning Class: 5C!! These students ran 135 kms together, averaging 5.6 km a person. Way to go, 5C!

A big thank you to everyone who has already contributed on behalf of our school to Clowner utan Gränser. If you would like to make a donation still, you can visit our *IES Falun Skoljoggen Page*, and it will be open until Saturday, September 30th.

Good job, IES Falun!