Futuraskolan Rådan’s grade 3s have been learning about the Stone Age through to the Iron Age as part of the International Primary Years Curriculum unit on Scavengers and Settlers. Scavengers and Settlers explores the idea that humans are special. Unlike other animals, we can adapt and learn new skills in order to survive, which is exactly what our ancestors did in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.
The International Primary Curriculum is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for international mindedness and for personal learning based on the IPC personal goals of cooperation, communication, thoughtfulness, respect, resilience and morality.
The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The IPC is used by schools in more than 65 countries around the world.
Futuraskolan Rådan’s library works with teachers, students and support staff to ensure that books are available for all units of study.
”I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges, poet and writer
Tucked away on an upper floor of Futuraskolan Rådan is the library. It is a small, cozy space filled with books.
The majority of books are in Swedish and English, but there is a small collection of books in other languages as well. The books are organized by language and then by age group: Swedish books on the right and English books on the left. There is a separate section for both Swedish and English non-fiction.
The books for the younger students are arranged in boxes by subject. There is a picture on the box identifying the subject. There are also boxes for the middle year students’ books and these are colour-coded alphabetically to help the students find their favourite author.
Several grade 5 students have become library helpers and are learning how to sign out and check in books, how to mend broken books and how to reshelve returned books.
Futuraskolan works with LGR11 and the International Primary and Middle Years Curricula. Teachers and classes rely on both fiction and non-fiction books from the library that complement the topics they are working with.
The library is a used by students and classes, as a meeting area, and for two different book clubs.
Here are some very early morning pictures of Futuraskolan Rådan’s library.
Futuraskolan Rådan has a lot of staff and students whose first language isn’t Swedish. In fact, there are over 21 different mother tongue languages at Rådan!
One way that the library supports learning for students whose native language isn’t Swedish is to provide resources in various languages.
Click here for a wonderful webpage from Internationella Biblioteket that offers free e-resources in 20 languages.
Futuraskolan Rådan’s staff and students have 21 different mother tongue languages!
One way that Futuraskolan Rådan’s library supports these students is to offer books in a wide range of languages. The selection is quite small at the moment compared to the other sections of the library.
However, one way that the school community helps out is by donating books in various languages.
The most recent donation was a series of six stories in Spanish.
Thanks to the grade 3 and the grade 5 students, Futuraskolan Rådan’s library was able to purchase over 4,000:- SEK worth of new books.
This year, the focus was on English books, particularly early readers, science series, thrillers, books for dyslexic readers and non-fiction.
In total, over 100 books were bought for the library thanks to the hard work and dedication of the students!
What’s a book sale without a warm cup of coffee and a bite to eat?
Futuraskolan Rådan’s grade 3 students set up and ran a very successful bake sale during the school’s first used book sale.
The book sale and bake sale raised over 4,000:- SEK for Futuraskolan’s library!
Throughout the autumn, a handful of book-loving grade 5 students organized Futuraskolan Rådan’s first children’s used book sale. The students distributed flyers, and sorted donations.
On November 30, 2018, their hard work and dedication paid off as parents, friends and neighbours came to school to buy books. Lots and lots of books!
The book sale was a huge success and raised over 4,000:- SEK for Futuraskolan Rådan’s library!
How can a dry topic like statistics become more interesting?
Students are often asked to calculate averages from a table or to find the median of some arbitrary set of numbers. Of course, this is important. But what if students can work with topics which they select themselves? Find a topic that interests them? And learn how to make graphs that show patterns in this data in an explicit way?
Our students learn how to make graphs by hand, in google sheets and in python.
Below we see one of our students presenting her data. By making use of websites like for instance scb.se, students learn how to find patterns in real data and how to connect these patterns to events that take place in our world.
some results can be seen below.
This week we were doing our Exit Point debates to finish our Drug Education unit. Students did a wonderful job of researching and preparing then presented very well. Here are a few pictures from this week’s debates showing students presenting and one of our wonderful panels of judges.
The purpose was for students to think critically and understand how to build a well-constructed argument. Students have spent the last 6 weeks researching the effects of various types of drugs, as well as the social concept of why people take drugs, the penalties for taking and dealing drugs and how drugs are transported. This allowed students to take this information and present it and learn important lessons like how to argue and opinion and justify their reasons.
Here is a glimpse of the learning in action that takes place throughout Futuraskolan Rådan.