Wednesday, 29 June 2016

St. Jonhs Night

St. John's Night is a very important date celebrated in the night between 23rd and 24th of June in Galicia, specially here in  A Coruña. It is the largest day and the smallest night of the year.
There are lots of traditions in this celebration:
- A lot of people in Riazor & Orzan beaches make bonfires.
-  People eat sardines cooked in the bonfires.
- It is very typical to jump across the bonfires. A lot of time ago people thought that the fire would protect them after jumping.
- The legend also says that if you swim in the sea in St John's Night, you will be healthy for a year.
- One of the strangest traditions is that if you see mint flowering in that midnight, you would be lucky, but you can't tell it to anybody.

 Most of the people that goes to the beach don´t go because the tradition, they just go to a party. The worst thing is that the beach becomes very dirty at the end of the party, like this:

Do you celebrate St. Jonhs? Do you do rituals? What rituals do you do?

Sunday, 5 June 2016

The use of technology in class.

When someone tells you that you are going to work with an IPad you think: it´s going to be useful to find information. But, when you control the IPad, you think: ¡there are apps for everything! We use lots of apps, some to write in text, others to make our own games with the content of class, to translate words into other languages, to make presentations, ...
These are some of my favorite apps:
- Notability: this is very useful for people that like making notes in paper. You can use handwriting or use the keyboard. You can also draw, underline, etc.
- Keynote: it's an app to make presentations like Power Point. You can add information, photos, animations, shapes,...
- Kahoot: you can make a game or play a game with this app. It consists of a question with four possible answers, you can program how many are right and how many are wrong.
- Quizlet: there are various types of Quizlets but we play normally Quizlet Live. The application makes groups of three or four. In the screen it appears a question, the components of the group and your cards. What do you have to do with your cards? You have to touch the card that corresponds with the question; the components of the group have different cards than you, there aren't identical cards. You have to answer correctly 12 followed questions, if not, you have to start again.
- IMovie: it is very useful to make brilliant videos quickly. The final result is wonderful.
- Socrative: in this app we sometimes do "little exams". There are different types of questions: to choose a,b or c, to explain, to identify,...

What do you think about working with IPads?

Friday, 3 June 2016

Playing & learning with iPads

This evening our school will open its doors to parents and pupils so that they can enjoy the various exhibitions and displays throughout the school. From infants to secondary there will be an amazing display of different subjects and activities. 
In 5th Year Primary we will be presenting our poems in Spanish language and demonstrating how we use the iPads every day at school to enhance our learning experience. We hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Was the killing of Harambe necessary?

This is a controversial issue and a trending topic in all social network sites these days. Was the killing of Harambe really necessary?

For people who don't´t know what I'm talking about, this is the story: A 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla's habitat in the Cincinnati Zoo, USA. After the child fell it looked like the gorilla was going to take care of him, but the primate made a violent movement, so the boy's life was in danger. Finally the gorilla was shot to save the boy.

The problem was that Harambe wasn't a normal gorilla, he was a western lowland gorilla. This species is classified as a critically endangered gorilla subspecies.

The controversy raises these questions: Was the mum taking care of her son? Was the security of the zoo good enough? Was the killing of Harambe necessary?

What do you think?

Sunday, 29 May 2016

The scariest school run!

If you think sitting in traffic queues every morning or waiting for the bus in the rain is difficult, you should see what children from a village in south-west China have to go through to get to school.

A 90 minute journey that includes climbing an 800 metre rock face! Some of the children are as young as 6 years old and they have to climb dangerous ladders with their backpacks filled with school books.

To read the full story from The Guardian newspaper click here.
Watch the video of their scary journey to school and think how lucky you are.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The BFG - the new Disney film of Roald Dahl´s book

The BFG is the new Disney film that will be released this summer. It is based on the book by Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The story is about a little girl who is taken by the BFG (big friendly giant) and the adventures that they have together.

The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, so with the combination of his amazing filmmaking talents and the great story writing talent of Roald Dahl, the film is sure to be a great success.

The trailer was released today and shows wonderful scenes of special effects and photography. I can't wait to see it!

Monday, 7 March 2016

International Women's Day 2016

On 8th March it is International Women's Day, people around the world pay tribute to women who have changed the course of history or who have made significant changes in the world.

However, it's not only about celebrating famous women  but also women who make a difference in our lives. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, teachers, police women, bus drivers, etc.

For many year women were not accepted in some jobs but today we are lucky enough to have many opportunities in jobs, however in some sectors women are still in a minority. It's important that schools and universities encourage and motivate girls to take up studies that lead to jobs in science, robotics, engineering, mathematics, etc.

Watch this video for inspiration and follow your dreams!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

How does it make you feel?

Emotions are an important part of our learning but we often don't think about why we feel a certain way or how we react to things .

Here is a great short film that makes you feel mixed emotions and sometimes you don't know why.
It's a film that makes you think... Watch it and see!

Friday, 29 January 2016

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was a very famous English writer. 

He was born in 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon and died at the age of 52 on the 23rd April 1616. He got married to Anne Hathaway when he was 18 years old and he moved to London.
His most famous works were plays; he wrote 37 plays which included comedies and tragedies.

Some of the most famous are: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's
Dream, Othello, Twelfth Night, The Tempest and Richard III. From these plays we have
some very famous quotes, for example: " To be or not to be, that is the question" or " Romeo,
Romeo where art thou Romeo?".

Apart from plays he also wrote 154 sonnets. The Globe Theatre in London was built in 1599
and is famous because of Shakespeare's plays.
In 1613 the theatre burnt down during a performance of Henry XIII. Years later it was rebuilt.

Shakespeare died on the same day as Miguel de Cervantes (a famous Spanish writer, author of
"Don Quijote de La Mancha" ) and World Book Day is 23rd April, commemorating their

In conclusion, it is very recommendable to read any of Shakespeare's plays.

by Rodrigo

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Jelly Bean News

Here's a great website for fun and interesting news stories that are classified in levels of difficulty for children. JELLY BEAN SCOOP is a great site for practicing your English and reading comprehension. Every story has an an audio version so that you can listen to the news as you read it.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year 2015/6!

Happy new year to you all!
But remember that every year we have to get used to writing the new year date. This year it's easy to correct the mistake because if you write 2015, you can easily change it to 2016 like our picture.
Anyway, let's hope that it's a great year for everyone, so we look forward to seeing you at school on the 7th January with lots of energy and enthusiasm.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Geography games

This site has a great collection of games for you to practice your geography skills. It's available in many different languages but it only works with Flash Player so you can't play it on iPads. However you can play it on computers. Try it, it's really good.


Monday, 28 December 2015

Stretch Your Memory

Don't forget this, don't forget that...
We hear this all the time. Memory is very important for learning and for our everyday lives.

You have to remember where you put your things, you have top remember to do your homework, you have to remember what time your favourite TV programme is on, etc.

Memory normally fails as we get older, but you can improve your memory by exercising it every day.

Here is a good game for practising your memory.

Monday, 14 December 2015

School Open Evening

Last Friday we had our Christmas Open Evening at school.

One of the main attractions were the doors which had been decorated by parents as part of the Christmas Door Decoration Contest. It was a fine display of teamwork and creativity. Well done to all those who participated! If you want to vote for the best door click here.

Parents and students mingled with teachers as they explored the different exhibitions and activities that were on display from Infants, Primary and Secondary students.

There was an Egyptian theme, provided by the Secondary teachers and students which included Egyptian snacks, exhibition and even an amazing replica of a pyramid and the Sphynx!

In 5th Year Primary our Helping Hands project got to work selling our bracelets for charity and the response was incredible. They sold like hot cakes! Our students were kept busy and their organization and responsibility was evident to all. Everyone wanted to buy a bracelet and collaborate in our project.

The school choir sung joyful Christmas songs to keep the Christmas spirit alive and it was a wonderful evening for everyone to enjoy. We hope you all agree that it was a great success!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Jeans Day

Last Friday we had a "Jeans Day" at our school.
But... what is "Jeans Day"?
It is a day when you can go to school without uniform, all you have to do is donate 1€.
The money that is collected is going to be used to buy Christmas presents and they are going to be donated to the charity Caritas.

David Gonçalves

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

RAK Friday

Last Friday was Black Friday but in our classes, 5th Year Primary students celebrated RAK Friday!

So what is RAK?

Well it's very simple - Random Acts of Kindness, which are kind things that you can do to for other people without expecting anything in return and for no particular reason. The objective is to make people feel good and put a smile on their face.

First we all got together and talked about how we could carry out random acts of kindness, then our teachers gave us some "kind notes" and in small groups we went to give them out around the school. Notes were given to teachers, students, the school doctor, dining room staff, maintenance staff and the receptionists who all recognised how the notes had "made their day". 

So mission accomplished! But this idea is something that we can all do any day of the year and anywhere. It doesn't cost much and it's worth a lot. Here are some ideas. Try it and you will see!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Online Advent Calendar

Today is the 1st December and the countdown to Christmas begins.

Many children look forward to opening their advent calendars every morning and this is a tradition that is popular around the world, although the tradition originally started in Germany in the 19th century.

Nowadays there are many different types of advent calendars with chocolates, sweets, notes, or surprise gifts. Here is an online advent calendar for you to enjoy. Click on the number of each day of December.

 Online Advent Calendar

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Learning with projects - Promoting our company

The 5th Year Primary students have been busy creating their own companies and making bracelets to sell before Christmas. The money collected will be donated to charity.

Every week three companies visit the local Santa Teresa Jornet Retirement Home to collaborate with the residents in making bracelets. It's a great experience for everyone involved and everyone learns something new.

This week it was the turn of:

  • Ayuda en Acción
  • Bracelet Revolution
  • Bracelets & Company 
The next step in our project is to promote the companies by creating posters, leaflets, adverts, promotional video clips, etc.

We are seeing a lot of creativity and the marketing managers are busy coordinating all the ideas.

Here is a clip created by "Ayuda en Acción".

Monday, 23 November 2015

Trivia Game App

Preguntados is a trivia game. You can play against a computer or with your friends. You have to touch the roulette and it chooses one subject, then you have to answer a question.
This game is a lot of fun.

by David Gonçalves - 5th Year Primary

Sunday, 22 November 2015

European Robotics Week 2015

European Robotics Week is from the 23 - 29 November this year, so children and adults will be showing off what they know and what they have created in special Robotics events around Europe.

Robotics is great way to introduce children to computer programming. It's something that many kids love and enjoy because it allows them to develop their creativity and learn about technology, which will be fundamental for their future. We have a Robotix club at our school and we hope to extend this concept into our classrooms, so that more children can participate in this great learning experience.

Here is a short video about a club in a centre in Washington, USA.

Are you interested in Robotics? Would you like to have it in your school ?
Leave a comment and tell us.