During Ms. Spences-Lee's year 5 choice class, titled "What's Trending?", students have the chance to show, discuss, and participate in what is actually trending. This Friday, students had the opportunity to choose a challenge to record and share. There were several different challenges ranging from environmental to straight up silly - like this one!
At IES Länna, the practice of being kind is made a priority. While studying art of embroidery, Year 6 students researched and chose a quote revolving around the theme of kindness and helping spread its ideology throughout the school. Each student chose a quote that resonated with them and depict a positive message for our school. Students were exposed to new materials including an embroidery hoop, embroidery thread, and a loose knit canvas. Students learned and mastered many embroidery stitches including the backstitch, running stitch and satin stitch to complete their designs.
In this project, Year 5 students explored and studied examples of ceramic tiles that cover facades of buildings in the streets of Lisbon, Portugal. We spoke about the histories of the city, including the destructive earthquake that occured in 1755. We discussed how the the designs, patterns and colors of the tiles helped rebuild the city’s confidence after the disastrous event. Each student designed a tile that, if given the chance, they would cover a building with. We used air dry clay to form the tile squares and acrylic paint to achieve their designs.
IES Länna Spanish teachers, Mr. Diego Ulloa and Ms. Ema Zejnilovic, created a cooking project for their seventh grade students. It was hugely successful! Read more about the experience below:
The kitchen can offer us the opportunity as teachers to carry out different teaching-learning methodologies. Today's students demand from us, as teachers, new challenges that inspire learning in a more playful way. This is how cooking offers us the opportunity to connect curricular contents with novel and fun situations for students.
In this context, the seventh year students from IES Länna worked on a culinary project based on how to keep a healthy life. In the final stage of this project, they had to work in the kitchen, following the recipe and recording a tutorial video showing the whole process in Spanish. A lot of skills were worked on and developed in this context:
- Teamwork: Everyone has a specific role according to their abilities and everyone is of vital importance. Within this, there are always rules of respect and decision making, which will encourage teamwork in students.
- Healthy Habits: It is not only about acquiring good eating habits, health and hygiene, but also about maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships, where respect plays a predominant role.
- Scientific thinking: the kitchen, as an experimental laboratory, allows students to put into practice the scientific method from a recipe, looking for explanations to phenomena, confirming hypotheses or following steps to obtain results.
- Logical-mathematical thinking: conversions of units, problems that involve adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing are an important part of this process as well.
This project also provides an opportunity to develop the students' imagination, in a safe environment that can work to alleviate the stress of learning a second language.
“I liked it (the activity) so much, because it allowed us to have fun while learning Spanish. Before getting to the kitchen, we had gone through a long process in which we practice our writing, reading, listening and speaking skills, so I can say we improved our Spanish abilities a lot”, said Max 7B.
Another student, Olivia 7B, explained that “despite the fact of having one of our team members sick for one week, we were able to have everything done on time and it was a complete success to us; we had a lot of fun from the very beginning to the very end!” She added that it was great for them to have a folder with self and co-evaluation sheets, so they were able to assess their own performances, as well as their peers in each lesson.
Den 21:e februari kommer vi på skolan ha en dag kallad “Pink Shirt Day” där vi uppmanar elever att ha på sig en rosa tröja. Detta för att uppmärksamma hur enkelt det kan vara att stå upp för varandra genom små gester, små gester som kan betyda allt för någon. Här nedan kan ni läsa ett utdrag ur en artikel som förklarar varför vi väljer att ha pink shirt day.
On the 21st of February we are having a “Pink Shirt Day” where we encourage students to wear a pink shirt. We do this to highlight how easy it is to stand up for others by making small actions—small actions that can mean everything to someone. Below you can read a draft from an article that explains why we do pink shirt day.
/School Safety Group
“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”
— GLOBE & MAIL