Year Groups 8 to 10

Teaching per week:

Year Groups 8 to 10 have in total 26,5 hours per week. A normal school day is Monday to Thursday from 8.45 am to 3.30 pm and Friday from to 2.30pm.

Practical organisation:

The pupils in Year Groups 8 to 10 share a classroom and a class teacher.

Every autumn and spring a theme plan is prepared. The pupils and parents/guardians receive here information about what they are going to work with during the different periods.

Every week the pupils and parents/guardians have access to a work plan that gives information about the work in the current period. They are told which topics and exercises they are to do and they receive information about dates for excursions, tests, deadlines for handing in work and other things.

The teachers have regular talks with each pupil. Things which occupy the pupil are discussed here and the pupil receives guidance for further work in the period under consideration.

Twice a year we invite parents/guardians to development talks where teacher, pupil and parents/guardians are present. This is a talk about where the pupil is placed according to the agreed objectives, both in terms of academic work and socially.

How do we work?

From time to time the work is theme-based across the subjects. In this way we want to develop the pupils’ creativity, wonder and curiosity through culture, literature, engagement and practical work. Some of these themes are explored in the individual classes, whilst others are explored across the year groups – and include the whole or part of the School.

The teaching of English

The pupils have an extended English teaching in Year Groups 8 to 10. All pupils receive three hours teaching of English per week. In addition, pupils can choose English for more in-depth study, (see “Choice of languages” below). The School offers courses in PET or First Certificate once a week as a preparation for the external exams developed for foreign students by the University of Cambridge. The exams reflect the pupils’ ability to express themselves in daily life in their second language. In addition, the pupils are taught arts and crafts in English. From time to time English is also used in other subjects and topics.

Choice of languages

We currently offer beginner’s French and Spanish. In addition, we offer in-depth study of English. The languages’ offered will depend on teacher availability and group size.

Subject choices

All pupils in Year Groups 8 to 10 must choose one from the two optional subjects which the School currently offers: practical technology or physical activity and health.

Final year for study of specific subjects

At our School all subjects are “Avgangsfag”, taken as final year subjects in Year Group 10. The overall achievement marks are therefore set at the end of Year Group 10.

Pupils who come from other schools and have already completed a final year of study for a particular subject, keep their overall achievement mark for that subject from that school if they have completed that subject already after Year Group 8 or 9 (at their previous school). This applies also to those who have participated in teaching at our School.

There are separate rules for optional subjects because the pupils may choose to change a subject or continue with the same subject after any Year Group.

Excursions and activities

We attach importance to making use of the great variety that exists in London. Therefore we visit amongst other things historic buildings, museums, art galleries, theatres and different religious communities as part of the education.

We also hire instructors for different activities in physical education (PE), for instance climbing, swimming, street dance and fencing. Previously there have also been activities such as tennis, cricket, rugby and football. In addition, the School organises every year activity days such as for example a skating day, nature trail day, Christmas workshop and carnival.

In addition, every year the School organises activity days such as for example a skating day, nature day, Christmas workshop and carnival.

We also try to organise a class trip every year. We have previously visited cities such as Paris, Madrid and Berlin and have gained many marvellous experiences every academic year. The class trips will always be related to an interdisciplinary topic in addition to playing a part in the development of the classroom social milieu.