THE ENGLISH CLASSES OF HYVINKÄÄ SCHOOL YEAR OUR CLASSES The English Classes of Hyvinkää are part of Asema School and follow the main parts of the Curriculum of Hyvinkää basic education. The

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THE ENGLISH CLASSES OF HYVINKÄÄ SCHOOL YEAR 1. OUR CLASSES The English Classes of Hyvinkää are part of Asema School and follow the main parts of the Curriculum of Hyvinkää basic education. The curriculum can be found on Hyvinkää web pages. The main working language of the English Classes is English. Pupils study Finnish either as the mother tongue (äidinkieli) or as a second language (S2). Finnish as a second language is taught to students whose Finnish language skills are not at native speaker level in one or more areas. The school evaluates the pupil s Finnish skills and the need for Finnish as a second language. For pupils whose mother tongue is other than Finnish or English it is recommended to study it for two hours per week if the instruction is available in Hyvinkää schools. The lessons are organised centrally. As the pupils study most of the school subjects through English, it means that the pupils are learning content and language at the same time. In many cases, English is not the pupil s mother tongue. Learning through a language other than the mother tongue is very challenging. The teaching groups can also be very heterogeneous in their linguistic backgrounds. Patience is required from all parties the pupil, teachers and home. Support can be given for the child by both the parents and the teachers. Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child s homework activities and the use of English. However, the importance of the mother tongue is absolute. Although the primary language used is English, teachers exercise contextual sensitivity. It means that in case of problematic situations (challenging exercises, learning difficulties etc.) the pupil s strongest language is used for communication (if possible). 2 2. CONTACT INFORMATION Postal Address The English Classes of Hyvinkää Asema School Kauppalankatu Hyvinkää Finland Phone numbers and s Class Teacher 1D Class Teacher 2D Class Teacher 3D Tiina Piiroinen Maria Alikoski Anu Uussaari Class Teacher 4D Eriika Nummenranta Class Teacher Mark D Velthausz Teacher and Carita Lehto Coordinator Principle Jari Laukkanen School Satu Raunio Secretary School Nurse Noora Kauppinen School Kitchen Caretaker Juha Olkkonen i 3 School calendar Terms Autumn Term Wednesday Wednesday Spring Term Monday 9.1. Saturday Holidays Autumn holiday Monday Sunday (week 42) Independence Day Tuesday Christmas holiday Thursday Sunday Winter holiday Easter holiday First of May Ascension Day Monday 20. Sunday (week 8) Friday Monday Monday Thursday NB! School Day Saturday School Day Timetable Lesson Grades 1-2 Grades 3-4 Grade lunch lunch lunch There is an assembly by the Hyvinkää Lutheran Congregation in the gym hall for the whole school twice a term. Pupils who study ethics do not attend the assemblies (unless the parents ask for it). They have their own assembly at the same time with a teacher elsewhere at the school. A class timetable is issued by the teachers at the beginning of the term. There will be occasional exceptions to the regular school hours every now and then in the form of teachers in-service training etc. Parents will be notified of these through Wilma (administration program) in good time in advance. Please note that pupils can t enter the school building before 8.15 in the mornings (except for the morning club). After school, pupils are expected to go either to afternoon care, an organised club activity, or home. They are not allowed to stay unsupervised in the school premises. The new curriculum a new national curriculum in basic education has come into effect. The City of Hyvinkää has formed a curriculum according to the National Core Curriculum (2014). The English Classes follow a curriculum deriving from the Hyvinkää City Curriculum. In the new curriculum there are changes for example in the lesson distribution, assessment and subjects (Swedish starting in the 6 th grade). According to the new curriculum a good school day consists of team work, flexibility, working in peace and quiet, safety, kindness and equality. You will receive more information about the new curriculum during the school year. 5 Lesson distribution SUBJECT Mother tongue and literature English (A1) Swedish (B1) Mathematics Environmental and natural studies Religion and ethics History and social studies 1 2 Music Visual arts Crafts Physical education German (A2) 2 2 The amount of pupil s lessons /26 25/27 From the 4 th grade onward the pupils can study German as an A2-language in case there are 12 pupils in the English 3 rd grade who choose that option when asked in the spring term. 6 PE lessons Teachers inform homes in advance about the week s PE lessons and what equipment is needed. Sometimes pupils will have a wash after the PE lessons. A little towel is needed on those days. School Clubs Information will be given later through Wilma. 3. TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL The guardian takes responsibility for the pupil s expenses to and from school. The guardians are asked to be extra careful for the safety in the school yard when dropping their child off by car. From grade 3 onwards pupils can come to school by bike on their own. Naturally, pupils are to follow the traffic rules when walking to and from school. It is possible to apply for a grant for the transportation expenses from the Hyvinkää Association for International Education. Inquiries: 7 4. SCHOOL LUNCH A warm lunch is provided by school every day for free of charge. The school lunch is a balanced meal including a warm main course, a drink (milk and water), bread and spread. The lunch time is part of school s educational and up-bringing operation. The pupils develop good and healthy eating habits and become acquainted with traditional and new tastes. The menu is published weekly in the local newspaper, Aamuposti. For special nutritional or dietary needs, please inform the school kitchen. (You can ask the teacher for the form.) Families whose child receives special diet are requested to inform the school kitchen if the child is going to be absent for a long period. (Phone number ) 5. in Asema School 1. I obey the rules that the school staff gives me. 2. I am friendly, honest and polite. 3. I keep up a good atmosphere. 4. I let others work in peace and quiet. 5. I do well the tasks that are given to me. 6. I take good care of my school environment, my own things and other people s things. 7. I only use my mobile phone when given the permission. 8. I never leave the school yard without permission during the school day. 9. I remember good manners when having lunch. 10.I obey the given rules and behave nicely on school trips. 8 6. PUPILS SECURITY AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS AT SCHOOL The school strives to ensure that the pupils, their clothes, materials and personal belongings are safe during the school day. However, pupils should not bring valuable property to school. When things get lost they can be found in the lost property box in the wooden or the main school building. Shoes Outdoor shoes are not worn in the classroom. Pupils can bring their own indoor shoes to school. 7. WILMA In our classes we use the Wilma administration program to ease the communication between home and school. In Wilma both parties can send messages, inform about absences and other things related to daily school life. Guardians are advised to visit Wilma regularly to keep up with the school work. If your child is absent, please notify the teacher as soon as possible either through Wilma or with a text message ( ). Please notice also that teachers cannot necessarily reply to the messages during the school hours. It is a good idea to contact the teachers well in advance through Wilma. 9 8. HOMEWORK Pupils are usually given a little homework every day (except the 1st graders on Fridays). The homework can be an exercise or a reading task. In the beginning many pupils need help with the homework. It is especially important that parents are present when the child practises reading. If the parents notice that the homework is too excessive for the child they need to discuss this with the teacher. 9. BOOKS AND OTHER SCHOOL MATERIAL All books and other school material are free. Pupils are advised to handle them with care. It is important that the pupils learn to respect the free material given. 10. COOPERATION BETWEEN HOME AND SCHOOL Fluent cooperation between home and school is important. The aim of the cooperation is to achieve the best possible results in the pupil s healthy growth and learning. Although guardians carry the primary responsibility for bringing up the child, the school also plays an important role in it. The methods of the cooperation can vary according to the wishes of the guardians and teachers. 10 The spring report, written and oral evaluations from school provide regular information on the pupil s progress in various areas. Parents and guardians can communicate through Wilma, or phone. They also meet regularly in parents evenings both meetings for the whole class and personal ones. Personal parent teacher meetings are held usually once a term or when particular needs arise. Parents may request a meeting at any time to discuss their child s progress. Meetings are a good way to communicate and set goals for the future. When cooperating with families of pupils from immigrant backgrounds, the family s cultural habits are taken into account as much as possible. The parents are asked to inform the school immediately if any contact information changes. This is very important for reaching the parents when needed! The parents are also asked to let the school know about anything that may affect the pupil s work or behaviour. The school staff has professional confidentiality in the matters concerning the pupils. During the school year, questions and concerns about the child s schooling are bound to arise. It is encouraged to contact the school and the relevant teacher directly. The best hours to phone the teachers are in the afternoon. Please, leave a message in case you do not reach anyone. You will be contacted later. If the parents have a special talent or interest they would like to share with the pupils, it is possible to arrange time for that. The parents are also asked to contact the teachers if they have some resources, knowledge or experience related to the school work they would like 11 to share in the class or ideas for school trips. The school staff would welcome that kind of activity with gratitude for example on theme days and celebrations. Parents Association There has not been an official Parents Association of the English Classes so far. Some classes have arranged some activities of their own. There are cases when an association is needed, for example when discussing the school trip fund raising. In case the parents are interested in founding a Parents Association they are more than welcome to do it. The teachers can be of help with some of the arrangements. A facebook group for parents exists: Aseman koulun englanninkieliset luokat / Asema school English classes 11. MORNING AND AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES In Asema school there are both morning and afternoon activities. Further information: Heidi Torkkeli, Coordinator of the afternoon activities, or , 12. SCHOOL NURSE Phone number The school nurse is present at school from Monday through Thursday Her office is located in Asema School (the main building), 2 nd floor. Pupil health checks are provided at regular intervals as part of the Finnish health care system. Parents or guardians are welcome to accompany their child to the health examinations. School health care is primarily preventative. It does not include regular medical care, apart from first aid. In case of a more serious accident or injury, the school contacts the parents as soon as possible after the pupil has been given the necessary first aid. The school must always have up-to-date information concerning pupils. It is important that guardians notify the school of any changes in their contact information in case of the need for emergency contact. 12 13. BULLYING Bullying or any other kind of violence is not approved and the school staff does its best to prevent it. 14. FESTIVALS During the school year there will occur several traditional Finnish festivals such as Independence Day, Christmas Festival and the Spring Festival at the end of each term. These festivals may include some Evangelical Lutheran elements which are part of the Finnish culture. They are not considered to be aspects of religious observance. If you, however, wish your child not to attend the festivals, please, inform the school about it in advance. 15. ASSESSMENT Assessment is cooperation between the teacher, pupil and guardian. The tasks of assessment during the course of studies are to guide and encourage studying and to depict how well the pupil has met the objectives established for growth and learning. The 13 task of assessment is to help the pupil form a realistic image of his or her learning and development, and thus to support the pupil s personality growth, too. Assessment during the course of studies must be truthful and based on a diversity of evidence. Pupil assessment forms a whole, in which ongoing feedback from the teacher plays an important part. The learning difficulties must be taken into account in assessment. In making assessment, methods are to be used by which the pupil is capable of demonstrating his or her performance as well as possible. With the help of assessment, the pupil becomes aware of his or her development and learns to identify his or her needs to develop. One task of basic education is to develop the pupil s capability for self-assessment. With the development of self-assessment skills, the pupil also learns to be aware of his or her own progress and learning objectives, establish objectives for his or her performance as well as possible. Detailed information about the written assessment will be given in the parents evening. 14 16. ABSENCES/ EXTRA HOLIDAYS If a pupil gets ill the guardian must inform the school about it on the first morning of the absence! The best way to do it is through Wilma -program. A text message is also possible. There is no need to phone the teachers unless there are some special reasons for that. For private holidays and other personal reasons for absences guardians must always apply for permission in advance with a written document. For one to five day absences the parents can contact the teachers through Wilma. For longer than five day absences there is a form available on Hyvinkää school web pages. It is preferable to try to take the holidays during school holidays. If a holiday is required during school time, the guardians will monitor the completing of the missed work during these days. Remedial teaching cannot be arranged for the loss of lessons during extra holidays. 17. INSURANCE The pupils of the City of Hyvinkää are insured during the school day. Detailed information can be found on Hyvinkää City web pages. 15
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