Saturday, 29 November 2014

Our Students Meet the Animals on the Underground

Yesterday Animals on the Underground, the hidden world of animals within the iconic London underground map, were introduced to the current 4th Year ESO students at Cardenal Spínola School. 

Two days before the students had been given a closed envelope with a gift and a secret message within. They had been told not to open the envelopes until they were at home and not to speak to each other about the message. The present was a London tube map and the message asked them to bring the map to the next English class with an animal inside.

On Friday the students brought the maps with lovely drawings and pictures of several animals. First they showed each other their animals. Next I told them the story of Paul Middlewick, a man who found an elephant within the London underground map while he was waiting for the train on the platform and staring at a large tube map. I said the elephant was the first in a long list of animals  within the map, the Animals on the Underground.

Finally I displayed the Animals's website on the classroom's screen and let the students check out all the animals. I am pretty sure our friends Nick and Paul will love to know the students were more than excited and started a joyful applause as they were watching the animals without blinking their eyes. When I told the pupils it was great they had enjoyed the Animals so, they said "Thanks teacher for this wonderful activity. We have never heard such a beautiful story as Paul's"

If you want to see more pics with the animals that the students brought within their tube maps, browse our Flickr site.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Remembrance Day at the school

The 11th of November is a very important date across United Kingdom; it is a day to remember and honour all the soldiers who died in World War 1. Ceremonies and silences at 11am are held everywhere: people are asked to stop what they are doing to remember. The day is called Remembrance Day.

Poppy Day is a nickname for Remembrance Day since poppies are used to represent the soldiers dead in the war. The moat in the Tower of London becomes a beautiful and powerful display of poppies: each one echoes a soldier lost and the scale is scary.

This year marks the centenary of the beginning of World War 1 and hundreds of events are being held around UK and overseas. In the 4th ESO English class earlier today we also did a special activity. First the students made their own lovely craft poppies; then they put the poppies on the wall of the corridor; finally, we remembered the fallen with a 2 minute silence.

The pictures above and below show the lovely displays on the corridor. Browse our Flickr page for more photos on the activity.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Mind Mapping Emily Fry

The first unit at English 1st year ESO let the students find out about a few teenagers around the world. First they read two texts on Piret, a girl from Estonia, and Emiliano, a boy from Argentina. Then they discovered about Susan, who is from Liverpool, and Kevin, who is from Manchester -both cities are in the north of England-. Finally the students read an e-mail from Emily Fry, a 14 years old girl from Brighton: it's a city in the south of England.

After reading and working with Emily's e-mail the students worked in teams and made mind maps on her. They used different resources to show all kinds of ideas on Emily Fry.

First the pupils placed the topic -Emily Fry- in the centre of the map. Then, they made branches off the topic: each brach showed some ideas and it had its own colour and lots of picturesWhen the students finished their mind maps they prepared and gave their presentations. The students spoke about Emily Fry and also about the design of their mind maps.

Browse our Flicker page and see many pics on this activity. You will like them!