Welcome to the month of October and the coming of autumn. It has been a fantastic 2 first months with a lot of exciting events already happening at school. The year 4 students have had an adventure to Vikingabyn. There has been a whole day filled with sporting activities to encourage movement. We have celebrated language week to recognize the different cultures and encourage bilingualism and this included special cultural dishes in the dining hall. We have had the first of 2 exchange trips with our partner school from Spain, and our Spanish students will be leaving in two week as well as our French students who are leaving this week. We have had a year 7 disco to welcome the new year 7 classes which have been mixed up from year 6 to start their senior school years. The younger students are anxiously awaiting the Halloween disco and everyone is looking forward to dressing up in costumes for Halloween. We have had assemblies for all the year groups and it has been fabulous to see the order in the school. The year has only just begun and so much has already happened. It is hard to believe it is only 3 weeks to the fall break.
During lunch today, I had a lovely talk with a couple of year 6 students today about their Swedish and NO work. Currently in Swedish they are writing adventure stories and one of the students is writing about a consipiracy theory around aliens and the other more of a thriller containing aliens. Both of them seem to have quite an imagination and their stories seem quite fantastic. In NO they are learning about chemical and physical changes and they explained to me their different hypotheses about what would happen when a vitamin C tablet is put into 3 different temperatures of water. They had very good reasoning about why they predicted on how the experiment would result. All of this was done in English and I was very proud to be sitting there and listening to what they had been learning. Fabulous!
Over the past week we have had students from Girona in Spain spending time with our students here at IES Karlstad. This is apart of the Spanish language class exchange program which gives our students who are taking Spanish an opportunity to spend time with the students from Spain and at the same time allows the students from Spain to learn a little bit about Sweden and Karlstad. There have been events at school along with activities outside of school.
In year 4 we started up the work about the Viking Age with a visit to the Viking Center in Värmlands Nysäter.
We had team building activities with the students who worked in different groups to learn more about the vikings. We had two days that were very successful with Year 4!!
This cross curriculum work will continue at School in several subjects.
We had about 25 members of staff who participated in the annual Blodomloppet this year. It is our 3rd year participating with staff members walking and running to encourge blood donors in Sweden. Great job everyone who participated! Proud to be IES Karlstad!