Saturday, 29 March 2014

Workshop Undergrounding London at CEP Luisa Revuelta in Córdoba

On the 13th, 20th and 27th of March a really interesting course on Project Based Learning was held at CEP Luisa Revuelta in the beautiful city of Córdoba and Workshop Undergrounding London was present on the second and third days of the course. Over 25 wonderful and friendly teachers attended our sessions: they were really looking forward to learning about how to work with projects in the English class and tried their best to make the most of the course. Congratulations to them all!

On Thursday the 20th I scheduled a funny workshop and the teachers found out about the way Undergrounding London is designed and works. They were divided into several teams and each one was given a task from the project. First the teachers prepared their task and then they acted them out so that every group could check and know each other's activity. They all performed amazing shows which made everyone laugh and enjoy a lot. Before the session finished I gave the teachers a closed envelope with a London tube map and a secret message: they had to bring the maps back on the following session with several animals inside!

On Thursday the 27th we all met again and mainly focused on how to assess the students when working with projects. As I spoke about evaluation I presented the sample workshop from our project which they will be able to use with their students. Some of the teachers also told us their own ideas on projects and activities inspired by Undergrounding London -once created they will be all available at And finally... they showed all the animals that they had brought within the London tube maps: it was time then to introduce Animals on the Underground, which was a great ending to this unforgettable course: thanks to everyone who took part!

PS: If you want to see more beautiful pics from the course please visit our Flickr page

Friday, 7 March 2014

A herd of elephants meets... Elephant & Castle

Every school year the 4th Year ESO students at Cardenal Spínola School find out about the hidden world of animals within the iconic London underground map.

Last week each of the students was given a closed envelope with a gift inside. They were told not to open the envelope until they were at home. Besides the present they would find a secret message. The pupils should not speak to each other about the instructions in the message but only follow them. The gift was a London tube map and the message asked them to bring the map back to school with an elephant inside.

This week the students have brought the maps with beautiful pictures and drawings of elephants inside. First we enjoyed all of them and then I displayed the webpage of Animals on the Underground and the first animal that Paul Middlewick discovered in the map, a lovely elephant called Elephant & Castle, alongside other of his nice friends. The students also read about Paul and when and how his wonderful story started while waiting for the tube on the platform and staring at a London tube map.

We just love the Animals and are really happy of having Paul and his colleague Nick as friends of our English project.