Friday, 23 December 2011


Wow! Times flies! Today is Christmas Day and in 7 more days a new year will begin. How are you going to celebrate it? A good way is watching a funny film, like this one by Mr. Bean.

Happy Christmas to all!!!

Monday, 19 December 2011


Wow! Becca´s talk was absolutely amazing! We learned many things about her country thanks to her explanations. We´ll never forget the kisses under the mistletoe and the delicious jelly beans! Just in case you miss something, you can read again her speech in this Powerpoint Presentation. And don´t miss the photos!
Thank you very much for being so nice, Becca!

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Sunday, 18 December 2011


Next Monday, 19th December, we´ll receive the visit of a Northamerican girl called Becca Crosswaith. She is the conversation helper of Salvador de Madariaga Secondary School. She will talk to us about her country, the USA, and its customs and more popular traditions. Please listen carefully to what she is going to explain and then try to answer this quiz. It´s quite easy!

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Sunday, 11 December 2011


How are you going with the Christmas calendar? Just 13 days until Christmas and we still have lots to do! First of all we have to practice our song for the School Concert. This year we are going to sing "Santa Claus is coming town". I love this song! With this sing-along video, you can repeat it as many times as you want. Enjoy it!

Thursday, 1 December 2011


The first of December. Wow! Time flies! It´s nearly Christmas. Just three more weeks and we´ll be on holiday. I am quite nervous waiting for Santa´s presents. To make my wait less long, I have got an Advent Calendar and I open one window every day to see surprise behind. Do you want to try? Click on the image and play a different Xmas online game everyday. Enjoy yourselves but remember not to open the windows before the date.

Thursday, 24 November 2011


The fourth Thursday of November is the day when Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin pie and vegetables. It is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have.
There are also parades in some cities and towns and it is a time for demonstrate how much we love our relatives and friends. But where does this tradition come from? Have a look at this video and you will learn more about this celebration...

Sunday, 20 November 2011


Today, November the 20th, the whole world celebrates the Universal Children´s Day under the theme "Primary Education for All". We are really lucky to live in a country like ours because we have a home, we can eat every day, play, go to school, have toys, ... However there are many kids in the world with lots of difficulties to cover their basic needs. But these children also dream about their future. Have a look at this video made in Bangladesh and then think about your wishes...

Friday, 18 November 2011


We all love Mr. Bean. He is so funny! This time we are going to practice the present continuous watching this hilarious sketch. Pay attention to all the questions and sentences that appear on the screen. A funny way to revise what we are learning. Enjoy it!

Monday, 14 November 2011


The present continuous, also known as present progressive, is very easy to understand. We use it to talk about something that is happening right now. We need the verb TO BE followed by another verb ended in ING. Do you catch it? Have a look at this video about The Simpsons and you can practice a bit more.

Friday, 11 November 2011


Today, 11th of November, is a special day for remembrance. Today is Rememebrance Day, also known as Poppy Day or Veterans Day. Many countries around the world honour the ones who died in wars today because on the 11th hour of the 11th day on the 1tth month of the year 1911, the First World War finished. So many people wears a poppy on the lapel of their jackets and it is observed a 2 minutes´silence. Many wars have taken place during our history and unfortunately many wars are still taking place nowadays. It is important not to forget that wars don´t lead anywhere and many innocents die during the conflicts. Don´t forget it!

We remember... And now, two minutes of silence, please...

Saturday, 5 November 2011


Today is the 5th of November, a very popular date in England known as Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes´ Day.
In 1605 a group of traitors, ruled by a man called guy Fawkes, tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the purpose of killing the king James I. They introduced 36 barrels of gunpowder under the cellars of the building, but they were catched and sent into prison. Since then people celebrate that day with bonfires and fireworks displays. Children make a guy with straw and old clothes and go to ask for "money for the Guy". It is also very common to eat jacket potatoes and toffee apples.
If you have a look at this video, you will get a better idea of this celebration.

Monday, 31 October 2011


Today is the great day! It´s time to prepare our costumes and have fun. Are you going to trick-or-treat? Take a big big Halloween bag and fill in with all the sweets you will get. Happy Halloween!
This is my Halloween treat: two slideshow presentations with the pumpkins display and with the photos of our mini-party in the classroom. Thanks a lot for your cooperation!

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011


This cartoon by the BBC "Funny Bones" was very popular in The UK. It is the story of 3 skeletons: a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton. They live in a dark dark cellar, down the dark dark stairs of a dark dark house. This episode is titled "Bumps in the night". Very funny!


As we dedicate our Halloween activities to the skeletons, I think it is a good idea to learn the names of our bones in English. In fact, many names are similar in both languages. Have a look at this video. Despite the presenter´s voice, you can learn many things about our human body and the skeletal system, not only their parts but also how to protect it. Quite interesting!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011


As you know, this year we are going to dedicate our Halloween activities to the skeletons. First of all, let´s learn this nice song and their movements: "The skeleton dance". Enjoy it!

Monday, 24 October 2011


Halloween is approaching! The hall of our school is ready to receive your fantastic pumpkins and the decorations are all around the corridors. But what are the origins of this traditon? Have a look at this American TV programme and you will learn it.

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Sunday, 23 October 2011


Yes! It´s true! Autumn is here at last! These last days we could feel it in the air: the temperature was chillier, it was very windy and the leaves were swirling all around. And today we have the first storm of the season with strong wind. So why don´t we go over the autumn vocabulary? That can help you write your autumn acrostic poem.

A utumn is here!

U mbrellas and raincoats.

T he weather is rainy.

U nder the trees

M any kids eat apples,

N uts, grapes and figs.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Autumn is NOT here!

What is happening with the weather? It´s 15th October and the temperature is really high. The sun shines even more than in the summer and it doesn´t rain at all! We are in the autumn but the autumn is not with us. Anyway it´s a good idea to go over the words related to this time of the year: umbrella - chilly - rain - leaves falling - boots and jackets - brown and yellow...
Besides this is a fantastic season to go to the forest and observe the changes in the nature. What can we do in the autumn? Lots and lots of funny activities. Have a look at this video and you will see... By the way, the music is "Autumn leaves" sung by Nat King Cole.

Sunday, 9 October 2011


Do you have a healthy breakfast every day? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because we spend about 9-10 hours sleeping without eating anything at all. That´s why our body loses energy and if we don´t get our strenth back we can´t do all our daily activities. Recent research has shown that kids with a proper breakfast can concentrate better at school and get better results.
But what is a healthy breakfast? A healthy breakfast is composed by fruit, a dairy product (milk, yoghurt) and cereal or bread. So don´t forget it!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


And now, to make these first days funnier, a fantastic song by The Beatles: "ALL TOGETHER NOW". Sing along once and again, please. Who knows? Maybe we all have to sing it together in the playground...

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


Ufff! I´m completely exhausted! It´s really hard to get into the routine again: get up early, spend 5 hours at school, do homework, go to the after school activities... and rush everywhere! This happens because we are still in the adaptation period. Fortunately it will change in a few days. Sure!
Meanwhile here are some tips: if you want to get your teacher´s atention this is what to do...

Wednesday, 7 September 2011


Yes! It´s that time of the year again! Can you believe it? I remember myself in June thinking: "Oh! A long long summer to enjoy and relax!". And now... back to normal again! But it´s good to see you and talk about our summer adventures. A new school year, new teachers, new classmates, new books, ... So let´s start with enthusiasm and strength!
By the way, have you got all your school stuff ready? Go quickly and buy just what you need, always choosing the cheapest option. Remember the recession and the economic effort your parents have to do this month! And talking about parents, have you stopped thinking about how happy they are? Have a look at this commercial and you will see...
I want to send a big big kiss to all my ex-pupils. I´m going to miss you a lot! Good luck in the secondary school and please keep in touch.

Sunday, 26 June 2011


School is over at last! After a long long school year, we are already in June and it´s time to say goodbye. A special kiss to all my students of years 6A, 6B and 6C because you won´t be in the school next September, you will start a new adventure in the secondary school. Good luck to everyone! I will miss you!
And thank you for being so nice!

Please keep in touch...

Sunday, 19 June 2011


Just three days to finish school! And then... a long, long summer! What are you going to do this summer? Where do you want to go? Have a look at this video and go over all the summer vocabulary.

Sunday, 12 June 2011


Summer is round the corner although we still have a few days at school. But I think we all deserve a rest after a whole year of hard work. So we can start thinking about what we can do during the summer holidays. There are plenty of things to enjoy. Here is a list of 30 ideas... Which ones do you prefer?

Sunday, 5 June 2011


Today, June the 5th, is World Environment Day. We must stop thinking about the main threats of our planet:
- pollution
- global warming
- ice melting
As you can read in the following video, our planet needs individual efforts and sacrifices. Do you have it in YOU? Follow these simple precepts and you will connect, collaborate, contribute, care, be consistent and make it a better place:
- walk, cycle, skate
- reduce electric use
- follow a "green way of life"
- reduce water use
- avoid much packing


Saturday, 4 June 2011


Just the last effort! We are almost finishing but first you have to do your final exams. We are all exhausted after a whole year of homework, study and hard work. Just one more step! Remember that you must organise your time and study a little every day, and always make a revision to fix concepts. It´s easy!
Oh! By the way, if you are thinking that cheating is an option, be careful! Have a look at this advertisement and take good note of what happened to this kid.
Good luck!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Can you imagine a school with no textbooks? This is already a reality with the help of the IPad. Remember that we are 21st learners and that we live in a digital world. So there must be a place for new technologies in the school. And The IPAD is the latest device. But... what is an IPAD? IPAD is videos, books, films, photos, music.IPAD is thin, is beautiful. IPAD goes anywhere and lasts all day. IPAD is magical! IPAD is a revolution!
In the next two videos you will learn what an IPAD is and why use it in the classroom.


Friday, 20 May 2011


And now a short film from 1952 about being a teacher.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


Today it is Galician Literature Day. It is a day to honour all the Galician writers and to conmemorate the value of our language. This year it is dedicated to a poet from Monforte de Lemos: LOIS PEREIRO. He had a hard life and died very young. Here is a video with his biography. Enjoy it!

Thursday, 12 May 2011

FRIDAY, 13th

Today is Friday the 13th. In Anglo-Saxon countries it´s a day of bad luck and misfortune. Many people stay inside just waiting for the next day because there are lots of superstitions around this date:

- avoid walking under a ladder
- avoid seeing a black cat crossing your path
- don´t get a haircut or someone you love can die within this year
- avoid the number 13 at all costs
- don´t fly
- don´t do any business

But... what is the point of this? In my opinion, there is no need in worrying. It´s just another normal day! Do you agree?

Monday, 9 May 2011


Today, the 9th of May, is Europe Day. Europe is all around us, we might not notice it, but it's in our daily life. Maybe the reason that we don't notice this fact is just simply because we are Europe and everything European is already normal for us, it's ...ours:

- It´s in the nice Belgium chocolate.
- It´s in the aromatic French perfume.
- It´s in the delicious Italian spaghetti we have for dinner.
- It´s in the joyful Spanish dance.
- It´s in the Swiss watches.
- It´s in our football.


Thursday, 5 May 2011


Have you ever stopped to think who we are? We are 21st century learners. That means that we learn:

- by using computers, mobile phones, video cameras, MP3 players, ...
- by doing, being connected, watching others,...
- everyday we call, text, chat, blog, email, ...

But don´t forget that all of us are 21st century learners: students, teachers, parents, grandparents, ...

Saturday, 23 April 2011


Today, April the 23rd, is World Book Day. It´s a fantastic day to go to a bookshop and buy a good book (today they´re a 10% cheaper). Then, at home, in the park or even in a library, you can open it and start living the most exciting adventure ever happened. Because when you open a book you never know what is going on. The magic is about to begin... Happy Book Day!

Friday, 22 April 2011


Today, April the 22nd, is the Earth Day. The latest years have marked the beginning of the Green Generation, a generation more worried about the environment and about how to avoid the pollution. Are you green? Stop and think about it for a minute. What do you want? Do you want a car, a big house, a Wii, a great mobile phone...? Or maybe do you prefer clean air, food and water without pollution? So today why don´t we think about how we can help our planet? You know: "Give Earth a hand".

Tuesday, 19 April 2011


At last! Here are the pics of our last day at school. Friday was a fantastic day, especially at break time. We all really had a great time looking for the Easter eggs and eating the chocolate ones later, didn´t we? Oh! And thank you very much for taking part in our Easter bonnet parade. You are simply the best!
Have a look and remember...

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Easter is already coming and we have to get ready for all the funny activities we are going to organise in our school:

- Do you fancy an Easter egg hunt? Then look for the Easter egg of your class on Friday during the break and get a delicious chocolate egg. Yummy!

- Do you want to take part in the Easter bonnet parade? Use your imagination and design an original Easter hat. That´s all! Have a look at this video and get some ideas...

Come on! Hands on!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011


Yes! The play we went to see yesterday was really fantastic. It was titled "Treasure Island". At the begining just two actors were on the stage but, after a while, some of us went up there and played a role. It was so funny! Pepe was a cook, Iago was a pirate with just one leg, Ana was a scary shark, ... Have a look at this pics! They are a good memory of that day...

Saturday, 2 April 2011


Today is the International Children´s Book Day. It´s celebrated on the 2nd of April every year to conmemorate the birth of a famous writer for kids: Hans Christian Andersen. He wrote hundreds of marvellous stories. I´m sure you know many of them: "The little mermaid", "Thumbeline", "The Snow Queen", "The emperor´s new clothes", "The ugly duckling", ... All of us have grown listening to one of these tales. And now that we are old, we can re-read them by our own. Now enjoy watching this tribute to him made by Disney.

Happy Day to you all!!!

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Friday, 1 April 2011


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Today, April the 1st, is April Fool´s Day in lots of countries. That means that many people play all kind of jokes, hoaxes or pranks on their friends or relatives. So... be careful and don´t believe everything you read, watch or hear!

By the way, have I mentioned that the play has been cancelled? So I´m sorry but we are not going to the theatre on Monday...

Happy April Fool´s Day!


Tuesday, 29 March 2011


Next Monday, April the 4th, we are all going to the theatre. We´ll see the play "Treasure Island", by Face2Face, a theatre company from Madrid. I´m sure we´ll have a great time. If you want to visit the website of the company, just click on the image and you´ll have information about this play and about others that they represent as well. You´ll also meet the actors and you will enjoy the photos.

Sunday, 27 March 2011


Yesterday 26th of March, at 8:30 PM , lights switched off around the globe for Earth Hour. Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries.
What about you? Did you remember to turned off your lights? Our town hall did and here is the video of that moment. First, you can hear the bells of the clock ringing at 8:30 and then you can see how lights go dissappearing little by little. Emotional!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


Today, 22nd of March, is World Water Day. This year is the 18th anniversary of this event, created by the United Nations in 1993 to celebrate fresh water and to remind us that the majority of the deaths are related to unsafe drinking water. But how can we help as individuals? It´s very important to save water: have quick showers, close the tap meanwhile we brush your teeth, use the flush only when necessary, ...
Every year there is a new logo and this is for 2011:
"Water for cities, responding to the urban challenge".
Now please watch these two advertisements about this event and remember:

World Water Day 2011 por solidarites

Tuesday, 15 March 2011


Everyone is getting ready for Saint Patrick´s Day. Will you remember to wear green that day? And if you find a 4-leaf-clover, this will give you good luck. Besides, if you see a rainbow, go to its end and try to find the pot of gold. But, be careful! A leprechaun will be taking care of it and he is very clever. If you succeed in trapping one, them the pot of gold will be yours. That´s why many children prepare leprechaun´s traps on St. Patrick´s Day Eve. Have a look at these videos and prepare yours...

Sunday, 13 March 2011


Next Wednesday, 17th of March, it will be St. Patrick´s Day, the patron saint of Ireland. That means that everyone has to wear green and hold a shamrock. You can also try to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but be careful with the leprechaun! Do you want to learn more about this Irish tradition? Have a look at this video...

Tuesday, 8 March 2011


Today, March the 8th, we have to celebrate two totally different festivals: Pancake Day and International Women´s Day.

Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday. That means that eveyone in Britain is eating pancakes at the moment. They are quite similar to our "filloas". If you watch this video, you will be an expert making pancakes.

And today is also the 100th anniversary of the International Women´s Day. This celebration wants to achieve equal rights to women and to ensure a bright, safe and rewarding future for them . Here is a video with 100 influential women. But remember... make everyday International Women´s Day!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011


Finally, the last of our slideshows: VALENTINE´S DAY QUOTES. Have a look at your creations because they are amazing! Every new creation is even better that the previous ones. Congratulations on your hard work! You are simply the best!

Saturday, 26 February 2011


And now Dani Griffin´s concert slideshow. We all had a great time that day! You can remember it watching these photos. Enjoy yourselves!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011


Another slideshow. This time with your peace slogans. Here are your answers to the question "What does peace means to you?". Congrats once again! You always surprise me!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011


I´ve got several slideshows about your school works that you haven´t seen yet. Here is the first one: "Our winter poems". Congratulations on your poems! You all did a great job. Maybe you´ll be poets in the future. Who knows?

Monday, 21 February 2011


Unfortunately, tests and exams are a regular part of our school life. But take into account that they are important, but not the end of the world. You can follow these tips to make exams a more valuable, worthwhile and less threatening experience for you:

1.- Have all necessary material with you: pens, pencils, rulers or any other special equipment.
2.- Have a relaxing night before your exams.
3.- Have a healthy breakfast.
4.- Read the entire paper before starting.
5.- Plan your time.
6.- Relax and take a deep breath. Don´t panic even if the exam is very difficult.
7.- Don't leave any questions unanswered.
8.- Don´t spend too much time thinking of an answer: finish your exam first and then you can come back to it.
9.- If you have time at the end, go over your work and add information if necessary.
10.- Maintain a stable energy level: eating foods such as chocolate bars before an exam will give you an energy boost to begin with , and it will be easier for you to concentrate.

If you follow all these steps (and you study hard, of course) I´m sure you will pass your exams.
Now watch this video and see how Mr. Bean apply our tips.

Monday, 14 February 2011


Happy Valentine´s Day to you all!
And remember...


But if you are not sure about your lover, play this game and find out:

"He loves me, he loves me not"

"She loves me, she loves me not"

Tuesday, 8 February 2011


Today, February the 8th, is Safer Internet Day. It is an event organised by Insafe to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.It is always celebrated on the second day of the second week of the second month of every year – this edition falls on Tuesday 8 February 2011 (today).
In 2010 Safer Internet Day was celebrated through over 500 events in 65 countries all over the world.
The topic for 2011 is "our virtual lives" around the slogan "It's more than a game, it's your life".
So don´t forget the Internet Safety Rules we have learned at the begining of this school year and watch this video.
Remember: "it´s your life".

Sunday, 6 February 2011


Just 8 days till Valentine´s Day! This is the most romantic day of the year. In the UK it´s very popular and people send cards, chocolates, flowers and lots of xoxoxo (hugs and kisses) to their lovers, friends and relatives. On that day people wait for an anonymous letter and try to guess who has sent it. Very romantic!

This school year I´m going to show you some famous quotes. Have a look at this video and read carefully this love quotations. It´s worth it!

Monday, 31 January 2011


Guess what? Next 21st of February we will go to a Dani Griffin´s concert. Remember that he is an American musician who plays the drums with Fito y los Fitipaldis. Besides he is the author of many songs in some English textbooks for kids. And mainly he is very very funny. We are going to have a great time that day. Sure!

But we have to make a little effort and learn his songs. Here is a link to another blog that contains some of his songs with the lyrics: it´s called "Little Bloggers" and it´s really good. Thanks to Aurora Jove, one of the English teachers at CEIP. Ponte dos Brozos in Arteixo, who runs this blog.

Sunday, 30 January 2011


Happy Peace Day to you all! Enjoy the day listening to one of the best peace songs of all times. Ladies and gentlemen "Give peace a chance" by John Lennon.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


Next Sunday, January the 30th, it will be the School day of Non-Violence and Peace. It is observed on January 30 every year, on the anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the peace makers. Its basic message is: “Universal Love, Non-violence and Peace. Universal Love is better than egoism, Non-violence is better than violence, and Peace is better than war”.

This year I want you to think about a sentence that explains what peace means for you. You can start writing "Peace is ...". Try to be creative, original and imaginative. Maybe the next slideshow can inspire you. Later, once you get your idea, you are going to make an online poster adding an image to your phrase.

Sunday, 23 January 2011


I love reading! Do you? I think reading is really important to you because reading...

1.- helps you become an interesting person
2.- helps you learn how to write correctly
3.- develops your imagination
4.- entertains you
5.- teaches you about things unfamiliar to you
6.- takes you to places you have never visited
7.- takes you to times you have never experienced
8.- introduces you to people you have never met
9.- introduces you to new ideas
10.- is FUN!!!

So remember these 10 reasons to read and watch this amazing video made by the students of Ocoee Middle School (Florida, USA): "GOTTA KEEP READING"

Monday, 17 January 2011


And the third book we have to read is about SHARKS AND DOLPHINS. I don´t like sharks at all, that´s why I was looking for a video about dolphins. This one is really awesome: you can see how dolphins hunt. It´s a clip from Planet Earth- Ocean Deep. Have a look...

Saturday, 15 January 2011


The second of the three books that we are going to read this school year is about CAVES. On this video of the prestigious television series Planet Earth by the BBC, you can see a parachute jump in the largest cave in the world. Amazing!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


Now that we are reading some small books in English, I want you to watch some videos about them. The first one is a documentary by the National Geographic that will helps you understand the story of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, in Peru. Did you know that it is one of the Wonders of the World? Have a look...

Tuesday, 4 January 2011


Yes! The Three Kings are nearly here! Their majesties Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar are coming with lots of presents for all us. We have to wait just one more day and that´s it! Meanwhile enjoy this fantastic book titled "Love came down at Christmas". It´s about the birth of Baby Jesus and includes the moment when the Magi go to worship him! Pay attention to the beautiful rhyme and to the wonderful illustrations.

Saturday, 1 January 2011


Happy New Year!
Don´t forget to make your list with the resolutions for this new year...

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