Saturday, 28 February 2015

Programming with Code Studio in Year 6

Programming is a great activity to facilitate and extend children's awesome natural ability and drive to construct, hypothesize, explore, experiment, evaluate, draw conclusions... It also leads to better problem solving skill. 6 pupils are starting to program. For that purpose we are learning to use Code Studio. This consists of a website where there are free courses adapted for different levels: from very young kids in Infantil to 10+ students to adults. And very important too: you don't need to know about coding, you learn everything like playing a game.

If you are a teacher, you will be have the chance to create free accounts for your students and keep a record of their progress. Your students will not need an email, they will access with a two-word password created randomly by the platform.

Last Friday we practised on our classroom's interactive whiteboard. Now we are ready to work individually at school and at home. We love games in Year 6 and wish to program our own game!

To Year 6 Kids: Please click here to go to our class profile. Then click on your name and enter your password.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Learning vocabulary with Itzíar's drawings

Itzíar Pacheco from year 6 has drawn these awesome pictures to show in class and review part or our current unit's vocabulary (clever, silly, cruel, kind, fat, thin, poor, rich)
She loves drawing manga cartoon characters and she is really good at it, don't you think?

Great work, Itzíar!

Life expectancy in Extremadura rises 2 years in last decade

Dear year 6 students, in Bilingual Science's unit 2 we are studying Spanish population and we are learning about Extremadura too.
Here you are a very interesting newspaper article on El Periódico Extremadura website about life expectancy in our region. This article will help you understand this concept much better.

El Periódico Extremadura's article

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Understanding Spanish and Extremaduran population better (Year 6)

Dear year 6 students, here you are some interesting readings about our current topic in bilingual Science on Spanish population. I hope you find them useful and help you understand some concepts we are studying at school. They are all newspaper articles from, the most important newspaper in Extremadura:

Unique buildings

In unit 3 we have learnt about unique buildings in the world. The first one is the Malmaison hotel in Oxford, near London. It used to be an old prison. The old cells are now bedrooms for people to sleep. Would you like to stay in this hotel?

Another unique building is the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, on the North of Spain. It has some art galleries inside and there is a statue of a dog outside. It is made of different materials. Enjoy the video!

What about staying in a hotel made of ice? It is possible if you travel to Sweden! The ice hotel has bedrooms, restaurants, etc. made of ice and snow. There isn't a swimming pool.

Finally, what about an spectacular view of the sea from the most luxurius hotel in the world, the 7 star Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai?

Which unique building is your favourite? You can comment below..

Monday, 2 February 2015

"Luchadores por la Paz" - Prezi presentation - Peace Day

Year 6 students Aixa and Carmen designed this presentation for Peace Day. They used a Prezi template to start with. Then they inserted pictures and texts and modified the objects (boxes and arrows) 

What do you think? Did they do a good job? Do you like Prezi for your presentations?

Hop o' My Thumb / Little Thumb

Carnival celebration is coming. We will dress up as fairy stories characters. In Year 6 we will dress up as Little Thumb. What do you know about this story?

Hop-o'-My-Thumb (Hop-on-My-Thumb), or Hop o' My Thumb, also known as Little Thumbling, Little Thumb, or Little Poucet, is one of the eight fairytales published by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou Contes du temps passé (1697)

Hop-o'-My-Thumb (le petit Poucet) is the youngest of seven children in a poor woodcutter's family. He is very small but very intelligent. When the children are abandoned by their parents, he manages to save his life and the lives of his brothers. After being threatened and pursued by an ogre, Poucet steals his magic seven-league boots while the monster is sleeping.

You can watch the full story in these two videos:

Part 1:

 Part 2:

For further reading please visit this link in Wikipedia.
If you wish to read a bilingual version of the story you can visit website.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

"Just because it isn't happening here doesn't mean it isn't happening" - Peace Day

On 30th January we celebrated Peace Day at school. In Year 6 we watched two videos and discussed about them. 
The first video was about a year in a girl's life and how her life was changed by war. It was filmed by Save the Children organization to make us aware of the big number of children that are suffering from the effects of war in our world.

The second video we watched was the story of Malala, a young girl who fought for peace and education in her country. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Here is Malala's speech when she received the prize: