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Environment Survey

A majority of residents find the environment around Älvsjöstaden noisy Classes in year 5 have conducted a survey around Älvsjöstaden and Älvsjö Torg on noise level and traffic.

Data from over 500 responses, during four different times, were collected and the results showed that in most locations more than half of the respondents found the environment to be noisy and the traffic to be heavy. The results showed that people found the noise most disturbing in the areas around Älvsjövägen and the construction sites in Älvsjöstaden.

The project have given students insight into how data can be collected and analyzed as well as how you can display data to make it easy to understand. The image below shows how the results were compiled and displayed with red colors representing the areas where more than 3 out 4 respondents found the environment to be noisy or traffic to be heavy, and the orange areas showing areas where more than 1 out 2 respondents found the environment noisy and traffic to be heavy.



World Book Day

World Book Day

On Wednesday, 19 April, staff and students at IES Älvsö participated in events to celebrate World Book Day. On this day several events and activities took place to celebrate our love of reading.

Pictured you can see staff members dressed up as their favourite book characters and Guess Who posters where students guessed which staff members were hiding behind their favourite books to earn house points. The day also included Stop, Drop and Read, a Book Drive, and decorations featuring beloved quotes and memories associated with reading provided by members of staff.

It was a fun day had by all and we look forward to celebrating together again next year!


Three IES Teams head to national mathematics competition final.

When the national final of the challenging Pythagoras Quest maths contest is held in Malmö in June, students from three IES schools will be taking part.

Internationella Engelska Skolan in Nacka, Sundsvall and Uppsala will each be sending a team of three students after they won their regional finals, and the chance to represent their county (län) at the national event.

The students had to go through several rounds in order to reach the national final.  First they needed to pass an hour-long qualification test without the use of a calculator or any other electronic equipment.  The three students from each school who performed best in their qualification test were then chosen to attend the district final, to see which schools would have the right to go forward to the national final.

The regional champions from IES Sundsvall
(L-R) Filip Borgström, Klara Marntell and Isavelle Sahlin

Isabelle Sahlin, represented IES Sundsvall alongside Klara Marntell and Filip Borgström. She said: “The regional final was really exciting. After two rounds the result was still not decided and we had no idea how we stood. It felt good though, we had found the answer to every question and we were pretty confident in our calculations.

“When we solved the tie breaker in just a minute, it was so quick that we felt like we had done something wrong, but we took a chance and submitted our answer. Because we were so fast we won. We hadn’t dared to hope to win, so we felt a huge amount of joy when they called out our team name.”

IES Nacka will progress after students Wilhelm Sigurd, Viktor Lundqvist, and Alex Thelander won the Stockholm regional final.

Viktor said: “It was very exciting to win the Stockholm final. We had practiced before the regional final, but we knew the competition was hard so we did not expect to win. In the end it was very close. It’s going to be great to travel down to Malmö and compete against schools from all over the country. The competition was tough in the Stockholm regional final, and we hope that it will be the same in Malmö. It will also be nice to meet and compete against our fellow IES students."

Winners from Stockholm:
(L-R) Wilhelm Sigurd, Viktor Lundqvist, and Alex Thelander of IEs Nacka. 

Alex added: "We think that we will perform well in the national final. The questions will be substantially more difficult, but we think that with enough practice and hard work we will be able to solve most. The competition was very tough in Stockholm because of its high population, so we are already prepared for facing off against other good teams. We will do our best, but in the end we will be happy regardless of how it goes since we never expected to get nearly this far."

Now, the three teams from IES will face off against one another and 11 other teams from around the country in the national final.

Ted Buzzelli, the organisation’s subject facilitator for maths, said: “At Internationella Engelska Skolan we believe in helping every student to meet their full academic potential.  While for some students this means giving them extra support to help them to understand difficult concepts, for others that means providing additional challenges, and helping them to go further than the syllabus suggests.

"Competitions like Pythagoras Quest are a fantastic way for students to challenge themselves further.  It is always beneficial for students to see just how much they are capable of, especially when working as a team.  I am once again delighted to see IES represented by no fewer than three teams in the national finals of Pythagoras Quest.  I am sure that colleagues and students from schools across IES will join me in wishing the best to these talented students."

The final will be held on Friday, June 2nd, in Malmö. 

Invention Convention Project

Invention Convention Project


The science of matter and energy, and their properties and interactions in fields including mechanics, acoustics, optics, heat, electricity, magnetism, radiation, and atomic and nuclear science. Physics is the science of how things work.

Building Days

During week 6 and week 7 the students build projects that show what they have learned in the physics unit.

The entire journey of building days begun by collecting household useful waste materials like milk, pasta, juice cartons, boxes, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and many more, generously donated by grade 4 and grade 5 students. (Of Course Empty :) ).

First the students were divided into groups. Next was time to put the thinking caps on and do some innovation. The students spend one full lesson to conceptualize an idea and plan possible course of action. They displayed their idea in a written plan, clear circuit diagram and step wise building process.

In the following lessons, students applied that knowledge to successfully incorporate each part into the physical project.Students included concepts they learned, such as how electricity, magnets, sound and light work.

The students were assessed on the basis of the following points in the project:

- electricity, magnets, light, sound

- followed a plan that they have written and drawn

- did not waste materials

- all team members participated


The Invention Convention project helped kids learn science the easy, creative and hands-on way by using stuffs you can easily find in house. It was a fun filled and exciting learning process.  Some of the projects are displayed in the school library and due to overwhelming response , the students even voted for the best three projects. The winners of the Science Project Competition is A Magnetic Ball Game made by students from grade 4.

The winning team members:

First Place: 4D  Enes Ugan, Signe Yhuel , Saga Stenqvist and Carl Sjöbacka   : THE MAGNETIC BALL GAME

Second Place:  4D Jennifer Popis, Elin Lundh, Nova Palm : THE DONUT CAR   

Third Place: 5A Ivar Oscarson, Fares Mohammad : HELP THE HEDGEHOG GAME

Thank you.  

Ms.Ghosh, Science Department.

Caribou Math contest

Caribou Math contest

On Thursday, January 19, 2017 a group of keen Grade 4 learners volunteered to take part in an international Mathematics competition titled Caribou Math Contest. The language of the contest is English and most of the children who participate are native English speakers. Our students scored very well in the contest, and one of our students scored in the top 3% out of the 5154 participants. Congratulations mathematicians, we are very proud of you!

For more information about this competition you can visit their website:

Math contest