Today we have seen the play TARZAN in the school hall by Face2Face Theatre Company.. We all have gone to the jungle to live the adventures of Tarzan and Jane. It was great fun! Don´t the bellboy, the camera-woman, the hunter and the monkey look familiar to you? Have a look... I think I know them...
Last Thursday, 28th of November, Thanksgiving Day, we had a great surprise: the visit of a "pilgrim" from the USA. Loraine is the teaching assistant in Salvador de Madariaga Secondary School and she kindly came to talk about a typical Northamerican celebration: Thanksgiving Day. We learned many things about it and about where it comes from. We learned about the pilgrims and the native Americans who helped them. She taught us to be thankful for all the good things from the year. We said "I´m thankful for..."
Finally, she gave us some pumpkin seeds. Yummy! An unforgettable day.
Family, turkey, football and parades.... that´s Thanksgiving Day! Next Thursday, 28th November, people in the USA will celebrate one of their most popular festivals: Thanksgiving Day. Many people will travel to join their relatives and share a meal to be thankful for all the good things that have happened during the year. But do you know where this tradition comes from? Have a look at this video and you will learn it...
One of the most funniest things we can do in the autumn is putting on our wellies and raincoats and jump in the puddles, even better if it is raining. And why not singing in the rain? Who said that the autumn is boring?
An another day to remember: this time in memory of the people who died in wars. The 11th of November is Poppy Day or Remembrance Day. It is celebrated on this date because the World War I finished at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Nowdays people wear a red paper poppy on their lapels and hold a 2-minute-silence at 11 o´clock. There are parades and ceremonies too. If you want to know more about this tradition, have a look at this video...
Today is the 5th of November, so remember, remember... Bonfire Night! English people celebrate this day to remember a historical fact: in 1605 a group of catholics tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament to kill the king James I. Watch this video to know a bit more about this British tradition.
We all have had a fantastic time today at school. We have celebrated Halloween in the English classroom and we have played APPLE BOBBING. It was great fun! If you don´t believe me, have a look at these photos...
Yes! Just a couple of days for Halloween and everyone is absolutely excited at school! All the decorations are ready and your pumpkins are already in the school hall. Thank you so much for your cooperation and your effort. They are all fantastic!. Have a look...
This year we are going to dedicate our Halloween activities to the witches, that´s why the school decoration has got one. One of the most famous witches for kids is Meg. Here is a scary and funny story about Meg and her cat Mog. A Halloween story: MEG and MOG. This is episode 1 but you can find more in Youtube. Have a look...
It is that time of the year again! Halloween is round the corner and we have got lots to do: decorations, costumes, scary food, games, ... And don´t forget to carve a pumpkin for the school hall! Meanwhile, here is a video explaining all the Halloween traditions. Enjoy it!
There are many classroom expressions yout are going to use once and again in the English class. If you don´t have a pencil, how do you ask for it? And if you need to go to the toilet? I´m sure you know most of them. Just in case, here is a video to remember them.
We are back to school again! The summer holidays have finished and now it´s time to say HELLO: hello to new teachers, new friends, new books and lots of new things to learn. I´m sure it´s going to be a great year, you´ll see. Let´s start with the classroom rules. They are very simple. Maybe it´s easy with a song. Have a look...
Yes! School is over and we all are on holidays! At last! After a long and cold winter, here comes the sun, the marks and our reward: 2 long months of joy and beach! We all deserve the holidays! Enjoy yourselves!
And now it´s time to learn about Russia! Thanks to our Russian visitor, Vera Galushchenko, we learnt many new things about this large country. She brought some matryoshkas, also called nesting dolls, to the classroom and we enjoyed watching her putting ones inside the others. Amazing! And as she is an English teacher, she also gave us some good advices to improve our English during the summer holidays. Thank you very much, Vera!
The end of school is apporaching and that´s why we can do lots of exciting activities, like the one we celebrated today: T-SHIRT DAY. It was amazing to see you with your lovely English t-shirts writing your sentences and participating in the contest! And there were wonderful awards for the winners! Thanks a lot for your interest!
How funny! We went on a scavenger hunt last week and we had a great time! In groups of four, we first had to look for a long list of things around our playground: stones, sticks, wildflowers, barks, feathers, seeds, ... Lots of spring stuff! Later, when our teacher checked that everything was found, she gave us a treasure map and we went on a treasure hunt. First we had to answer three questions located in three different places and then we went to find the treasure. Each team found a "cache" or treasure: a plastic box with a notebook and some little gifts. We wrote the date, the name of our group and a sentence in the notepad and then we took a present, but we left another one in exchange. It was very exciting! We want to repeat it again!
Geaocaching is a treasure hunt game using high-tech: a GPS device. You have to go to this web page: www.geocaching.com and take the coordenades to find a "cache" or treasure. After introducing them in your GPS device, you gcan o to look for it: it´s normally a plastic box that contains a notebook and some small gifts. You can take one present but leaving another one in exchange. And very important: nobody can see you! There are many caches hidden all over the world. In fact, you can find several caches here in our town. Why don´t you go geocaching next weekend? It´s great fun! Good luck!
Hey! Today it has been the great day! I loved your British looks. And your performances were amazing! We also have to say THANK YOU to Brenda Handford, who came to give us a talk about British life and about The Beatles. And she was one of the members of our jury in the show "Britain´s got talent". Thanks to our jury too: Conchy, Teresa and Mª José. They were very good giving us their YES. A fantastic celebration!
Wait a minute! Not so fast! We haven´t finished with The Beatles yet! You know that every class has to sing a song by The Fab Four, don´t you? But we are also going to sing another one together. How about "Hello Goddbye"? It is very funny and catchy. I´m sure you will like it. Ready? Here we go!!!!
This year it has been the 50th anniversary of the creation of THE BEATLES, also known as THE FAB FOUR. It was the most important British group and its fame spread all around the world. Some people think it was the best band ever! To celebrate this event, we are going to organise a BRITISH DAY dedicated to THE BEATLES. We all have to participate in the famous TV programme "Britain´s got talent" as contestants. We are going to sing three of the Beatles songs (one each group). Here are the selected ones: - 6A: "She loves you" - 6B: "Michelle" - 6C: "And I love her" We have to practice as much as possible. If you want to do it at home, here are the lyrics. Hands on!
These days we are talking about the spring and the variety of things we can do just because it´s springtime. And yesterday we went outside, to the playground, to do two funny activities: - First we planted an Afrincan daisy in an empty yoghurt. - Then we collected some wild flowers to make a herbarium (a book of flowers). We all enjoyed a lot! And we learned some curiosities about some flowers too. For example: - BUTTERCUP: Put this flower under your chin and check if you can see its yellow relect. If so, you like butter. - DANDELION: Make a wish and .... BLOW!!! - THISTLE: It´s the Scottish emblem. - BLUBELL: Fairies use this flower to trap children. Careful!!! - POPPY: Poppy Day is on 11th November. Have a look at these photos to see our job...
Do you fancy a trifle? As you know, a trifle is a typical English dessert made of sponge cake, jam, bananas, peaches, custard and cream in different layers. Today is a good day to cook, so... READY, STEADY, COOK!
We all had a fantastic time in our Cookery Club. We all looked as authentic cooks with our aprons and hats. And the trifle was delicious! Besides, we counted with the help of Susana, a girl from London, mother of two children in our school, who taught us how to make a real trifle. Thank you so much for coming!!!
What a busy day! The Easter holiday is about to start, but first we went on an Easter egg hunt in the playground. Some eggs were very difficult to find but we did it! We all wore our beautiful Easter bonnets and the school was very colourful. Luckily it didn´t rain, although the sky was completely covered with grey clouds. A fantastic end for a long term! Welcome spring!
Amazing! Everything was green today in our English classroom! There were lots of leprechaun´s traps, shamrocks, gold coins, green clothes, green faces,... We received the visit of an Irish man too: Declan Mathews. He explained many things about Ireland and about its most fanmous celebration: St. Patrick´s Day. In the end, we had to answer 10 questions about his talk and we caught a leprechaun! So we got his pot of gold! Delicious gold chocolate coins!
And we all sang the fantastic song "Molly Malone". It really moved us!
Thank you very much, Declan! An unforgettable day!
Today, the 17th of March, is Saint Patrick´s Day, the patron saint of Ireland. It´s celebrated all around the world. Many famous buildings are lit up in the green colour in honour of Ireland. This year the Tower of Hercules joins to this celebration due to our Celtic roots.There are also big parades, people wear green and, in Chicago, the river is dyed green. Yes! They use food colouring. Have a look...
Oh! Don´t forget to sing one of the most famous folk Irish songs: "Molly Malone"
Saint Patrick´s Day is round the corner. Get ready for this celebration preparing your leprechaun´s trap. Try to be original and to innovate as much as you can. You can make it on your own or you can gather in groups. If you need a bit of inspiration, here are some ideas. Good luck!
After learning about the ancient Romans for two weeks, we finally received the visit of some of them coming the past. They were very nice: they explained us some aspects of their life and they taught us some of their favourite games. We played TIC TAC TOE, KNUCKLEBONES, ODD or EVEN, LEAPFROGS, ... We had lots of fun! It´s curious, because some Romans looked very like some of our classmates, or even like our teacher. Hummmm... Extrange...
Now you know many things to do during the winter months. Besides, we are learning the past tense in English, so it´s a good idea to go back to the past. Do you remember what you did last winter? I do. Here is my list:
1. I made a snowman and an angel in the snow.
2. I tried to catch the falling snowflakes.
3. I went down a hill on a sled. Wheeee!!!
4. I participated in a snowball fight.
5. I melted the snow with my hands. Freezing!
6. I ate winter food: soups, lentils, ...
7. I drank hot drinks: hot chocolate, tea, coffee, herbals, ...
We are back again! Today is the first day at school after the Christmas holidays. Are you ready to start a new year? As you probably know many people make their resolutions because they consider they are starting a new time in their lives. What about you? This short clip takes a funny look at the most common resolutions that adults make — only it's from the perspective of little kids. Enjoy it!