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Home Ec: Continental Breakfast

Home Ec: Continental Breakfast

After some theory about European Cuisine, students from Year 8 ran their first Practical making a Continental Breakfast: müssli with yoghurt and fruits (strawberries and blueberries), natural orange juice and also homemade banana muffins. 

It was a pleasure to see them all having fun!

-Mr. Ulloa

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Cultural Fair at IES Länna

IES Länna cultural fair

International Cultural Fair

The main aim of this project was to create a cultural exhibition of different countries and show it to the entire school community; a proposal that promotes a positive and enriching vision towards the cultural diversity within the institution, and one that can be replicated at a macro level (country).

 

 

In this initiative, students from Spanish, German, English and Arts contributed with a cultural grain to this international fair. Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Perú, Spain, Mexico, Germany, Austria, U.S.A. and England were leading this project from their corresponding Modern Language subjects, thanks to 7th and 6th graders that showed various cultural aspects of each country such as traditional dishes, dances, games, sports, and also their geography.

 

Why culture is important at IES Länna

To Mr. Ulloa, who ran this project, culture has to do with a set of identity manifestations of a certain sector or social context. It has a lot to do with identity. To express oneself is a need that makes us and helps us to identify ourselves, to differentiate ourselves and is a responsibility towards others, which was one of the aims of this initiative.

 

 

He also explains that the way we perceive things is largely affected by prejudice, attitude and emotions, factors closely related to culture. By labeling something as good or bad, our preconceived ideas play a basic role. When we judge something as easy or difficult, the attitude and level of motivation we have are key. The culture to which we belong determines the structure of our thinking, which influences our perceptions; it gives us an identity and helps us to shape character. The shared values through the community or social group in which we are, give us a sense of belonging. Culture unites us and gives us a sense of personal safety.

 

 

The language we speak, art, literature and heritage that we are proud of, gastronomy, festivals, customs and traditions, together form our culture, become a part of daily life and influence us in many ways . The importance of culture can not be emphasized enough, since it is something that is within us, surrounds us, and is an integral part of our being. It defines the way we treat others and ourselves.

 

 

As a matter of fact, in almost all aspects of life it is important to recognize cultural differences. As a result of the migration of families here in Sweden, we live today in a multicultural society. Those who live around us, those who we live and work with every day, have different roots because they come from other parts of the world, therefore their formation, beliefs and values ​​are different from ours. Knowledge of our own culture and the one that comes from others helps us to accept our differences; studying them broadens our vision of the world, learning to appreciate and respect others. Isn’t that the first value of our school?

Culture is a phenomenon common to all human beings since each of us, by living in society, we learn what is transmitted to us by previous generations and with that knowledge we can eventually contribute to the culture to continue growing and surviving.

“I truly appreciate the team work among all the subjects involved in this project and I really hope that, after this initiative, each of our students at IES Länna, understood the importance of the concept of culture and feels represented by their traditions, ways of thinking and ways of acting that are part of their society or the social group in which they develop their daily life and that give them an idea of ​​belonging”, Mr. Ulloa concluded.

 

Student Work

Year 4 Robots

Year 4 Robots

Year 4 students have created their very own Robots straight from their imagination! From learning basic language skills to writing stories, the students have come a long way. They have each produced an amazing creative writing piece in English class. 

Each robot has a number of parts and each part has a specific purpose; from completing homework to saving the earth! Some Robots have 8-10 parts that serve various purposes, and others perform a single task.

The work is displayed for a few more weeks in each year 4 classroom, with a drawing of each robot for you to enjoy.

I am proud of the students who continue to excel at IES Länna! 

 

Year 4 English and SO teacher

Ms. Powers

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Student vs. Staff Trivia Competition

Student vs. Staff Trivia Competition

What is the name of the Swede who invented the naming and grouping system of animals and plants? 

Which celebrity's real name is Stephani Joanne Angelina Germanotta? 

What is the national dish of Scotland? 

If you answered Carl von Linné, Lady Gaga, and haggis, you would have done well in our school's recent trivia competition! This week, our student council hosted a student vs. staff trivia competition where teams competed against each other in the categories of Sweden, games and pop culture, Europe, general knowledge, and flags. Both teams did a great job with staff earning 23 points, and students not far behind with 20 points. Nice work to everyone who participated in, and hosted the event!

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"Trick Shot" by 5th Graders!

"Trick Shot" by 5th Graders!

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! 

 

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Kindness Embroidery Installation

Kindness Embroidery Installation

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.

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Clay Tiles

Clay Tiles

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.

 

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Spanish Cooking Project

Spanish Cooking Project

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.

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Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day

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.”

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Thank you for donating!

Thank you for donating!

The Year 7 Choice class, Give Back, would like to thank everyone who donated items to the Charity Clothing Collection Project!

If you stopped by Reception at any time the past few weeks, you probably noticed the big pile of bags under the stairs. We received so many donations - a much larger amount than expected - that it's taken over three carloads to bring everything to the Red Cross! The entire staff is so impressed with the IES Länna community - THANK YOU!

 

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