viernes, 24 de febrero de 2017

Weekly links, 6th grade - "London", "Matter" and "Modern Spain: the 20th century" 2

Good afternoon everyone!

We have finished another intense week, specially in the English class. Apart from ending unt 5, about London, we have done another unit of the book "Reading and Writing", specifically unit 4 about "Endangered Animals". More over, today we have realised some exercises for the Ket/Pet preparation, with very positive results.

Remember to study for the test of unit 5, that we will do next Monday, 27th.

Natural Science

In Natural Science, we have studied what a mixture is, talking about Homogeneous and Heterogeneous mixtures, introducing, too, the concepts of solvents and solutes as he components of solutions.

We have watched these two videos:

Social Science

Finally, in Social Science, we have continued with unit 4, about the Spanish 20th century. We have focussed on the beginning of the century with the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera and the Second Republic. We have also introduced the sadly Spanish civil war. We have seen the next videos (obviously in Spanish):

Dictadura de Primo de Rivera (1923-1930)

La Segunda República Española

Cómo empezó la Guerra Civil Española

See you next Monday!

jueves, 16 de febrero de 2017

Weekly links, 6th grade - "London", "Matter" and "Modern Spain: the 20th century" 1

Good afternoon!

This week has been a little shorter. So, I'm writing the weekly post this Thursday, one day before than usual.


We started working again with the story "The Great Fire", and we have also talked about some of the most important and famous places in London, such as, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden or the British Museum.

Besides, on Tuesday 14th, Emily developed an interesting and funny lesson about Valentine's Day.

We have watched this brief video about the Great Fire of London in 1666:

Natural Science

In Natural Science, we have started unit 4, about "Matter". First, we have talked about the difference between physical and chemical changes; then we have seen the first lesson about the basic laws of reflection and, also, an introduction of "electricity".

We have seen some videos related to these topics, but I can only put here some of them because the others are from the webpage "Elesapiens", and we can only watch them in the class, with my password. Nevertheless, you have here two of the videos from youtube (we have only watched the second one):

What's matter?

Specular and Diffuse Reflection of Light

Social Science

On Wednesday, we did the test of unit 3, about the 19th century in Spain, and you have had the results today. You know, although they have been good, in general, you can and must study more, but over all, you have to pay more attention in the class if you want to reach better results.

We have also started (by the moment only in group B) the new unit, about the 20th century in Spain. I have introduced the unit, mainly in Spanish, sumarising the century and highlighting some of the most important events, such as our exemplary transition to democracy, the military coup attempt on February, 23rd of 1981, and even some historical sport moments, such as the unforgettable fottball match Spain-Malta in 1993.

You have here again the two videos that we have watched:

(This is a better version)

Have a good long weekend!

viernes, 10 de febrero de 2017

Weekly links, 6th grade - "London", "Human Reproduction" and "Modern Spain: the 19th century" 5

Good Afternoon!

As always, I hope that at least some of you find time to see this weekly post :-) I do it for you, very brief, mainly with video links, to review the contents of the week.

Next, you can see some of these texts and links for the different subjects:


We continue with the unit about London, and we have read and listened an interesting story with Patrick, Phoebe and Alex travelling trough time and appearing in the middle of the Great Fire of London. As for the grammar, we have studied the sections Present Perfect with "ever" and "never", and Present Perfect with Simple Past Detail.

Besides, in a lesson about Pop Music, we have watched the next video as a good example of it, with the Beatles as protagonists, and one of their famous songs from that time:

Natural Science

These days, we have finished the unit about human reproduction and we have done the corresponding test. The results haven't been so bad but most of you can do better.

Next week, we are starting an interesting new unit entitled "Matter". I remind you that you will need to bring the second book (module 2).

Social Science

With regard to Social Science, we have talked about the main artistic movements in the 19th century (Romanticism, Realism, Modernism and Impressionism). Moreover, we have reviewed all the unit, working with the revision lesson.

We have watched the next two short videos about Sorolla and Gaudi (the first one with the audio mainly in Spanish, but with subtitles in English):

Remember that we will do the test of this unit (Modern Spain: the 9th century), next Wednesday, 15th of February.

Arts & Crafts

Most of you have started your second work with parallel lines and we have to finish it in one or two more sessions. I hope to put some of the pictures of your works here in the next weeks.

See you on Monday!

sábado, 4 de febrero de 2017

Weekly links, 6th grade - "London", "Human Reproduction" and "Modern Spain: the 19th century" 4

Good Morning!

This week, we started with the celebration of  "The School Day of Non-violence and Peace", last Monday, 30th of January. So, we talked about so important day, we saw some videos and finished our decoration. I have had a problem with the photo of the mural of group B, but I will add it here, next week. You can see the other one in our previous post.

"Día escolar de la no-violencia y la paz" 6B

As always, I'm going to sumarise what we have done along the week, and to add some links that you can see again or for the first time.


Along three of the days of the week, we have been working with the third unit of the "Reading and Writing" book. The topic was "Ancient Civilations" and the final exercise was a writing task about the settlement of Muslims in Madrid a thousand years ago. As usual, you have had an example to follow, in this case, about Vikings in Liverpool in the same period. Besides, because you had to base your writing on some questions, in order to facilitate your work you have used the page that I prepared for you with information enough to answer those questions. I even wrote for you the two first lines of the text...

The next step was in your hands. You have to take this activities seriously, because you know that writing is your worst skill, and as I told you, these marks are going to be esential for your final marks in the units and term evaluation.

We also did the test of unit 4. It was very, very easy and I insist that this won't be the only mark about the work that we have done in the unit!!

Apart from this, we have started unit 5 about London, and you can watch here again this two videos:

Natural Science

In natural Science, we have talked about fertilisation and about how the medical advances can help reproduction. I remind you that we will do the test of this unit next Wednesday in group B and next Thursday in group A.

We have watched these two interesting videos (not the two of them in the two groups), the first one about how ultrasound works:

The second one, about fertilisation. It is a direct link suggested from our class book. It's wonderful!

Social Science

Apart from talking about the importance of Peace, we have continued with our unit and we have seen the changes in economy and society in the 19th century in Spain. We have also talked about some important facts in Spain in the late 19th century, and we have introduced the artistic movements in that period, with short presentations about Romanticism, Realism and Modernism. Next week we will watch some videos and webpages to ilustrate this.

Arts & Crafts

Finally, my favourite, briefest and exhausting subject :-) We have continued working with parallel lines. As you know, many of you have finished the first exercice, but in most of the cases, I have directed your work, step by step, one by one. As I say: exhausting! In the second activity you will have to be more autonomus, because you will have to do more or less the same, but in a cleaner and more correct way, adding also colour and your own creativity to transform your cold and geometric works into warm and artistic pieces... Yes, you can! :-)

See you next week!

viernes, 27 de enero de 2017

Weekly links, 6th grade - "Olympic Games", "Human Reproduction" and "Modern Spain: the 19th century" 3

Good afternoon! 

As you know, this week, we started with a wonderful school trip to the shopping center "El Corte Inglés" in Arroyomolinos, where you even could learn some basics about marketing. They were very honest explaining how the customers were intentionally guided by them in their shopping processes. I remembered all of that from my years in, which at the time was the first virtual shopping center in Spain.

Regarding the rest of the week, apart from the contents that I´m going to remind you in the next paragraphs, we have spent a little time doing some artistic works about the next celebration on Monday, 30th of January: "The School Day of Non-violence and Peace". So, I'm going to start with this. For the time being, we have only decorated one of the boards in the corridor, but we will try to do the other one on Monday. Although it hasn't a good quality, you can see here the picture:

"Día escolar de la no-violencia y la paz" 6A

And next, you can read our selected quotes much better, by Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and John Lennon (we have used the first two):

Mahatma Gandhi

Mother Teresa

John Lennon

I have also selected these two videos"; one about Gandhi's life (with an Indian accent) and another one with the song "Pipes of Peace" by Paul McCartney. It is not a casuality that some of the most wonderful and famous songs about Peace are from members of The Beatles. Yes, they are my favourite :-)

And now, we go with the contents...


We have finished the unit this week, and remember that we will do the test of unit 4: "Olympic Sports" next Wednesday, 1st of February. I had selected these interesting and exemplary videos about Paralympics, although we haven't had enough time to watch them in class. In the second half of the first video, Spain plays with Great Britain in the Paralympics of Rio 2016 (we win :-) The second one is a short summary, and the last one is simply incredible!!

Natural Science

We have seen the male reproductive system and we have started to talk about fertilisation. We have also continued working with worksheets, and we don't have extra videos.

Social Science

In Social Science, we have finished to talk about the end of the Spanish Empire in the 19th century, and we have started to analyze the changes that were produced in economy and society. Although this video reflects a more modern Industrial Revolution, in the XX century, we have watched it as a funny example of the psicologycal changes that people probably suffered, too, in the 19th century, when they went from the countryside to the cities, to work in the factories. One masterpiece by Charles Chaplin...

See you next Monday!

viernes, 20 de enero de 2017

Weekly links, 6th grade - "Olympic Games", "Human Reproduction" and "Modern Spain: the 19th century" 2

Good afternoon everyone!

This week I'm very sad after correcting the recovery tests about Europe, especially in group B, in which none of the students who did it has passed the test. Obviously, taking into account that I asked you to study before Christmas, and that I waited until last Friday for doing the test, the only possible explanation is that you haven`t taken this test seriously and you haven`t studied. It's a pity! because I can do the effort to prepare an extra test for you; it's my job and my responsability, but what I can't do is study for you... 

And most of you have done exactly the same, this is: "nothing" with the activities of the second unit of the book "Reading and writing". Thanks to that, this weekend is going to be a little more relax for me, but I would have prefered to have much more writing exercises to correct, because you need to improve a lot on this matter and this is the only way in which I can help you.

Well, coming back to this week, these are the links that we have used in the different subjects (as always, we haven't seen all of them, but you can do it now):


We continue with Unit 4: "Olympic Sports". Next you have a video about Usain Bolt and two more about one of the X Games seen in class, and the young star Mitchie Brusco:

Natural Science:

In Natural Science, we have finished the lesson about the reproductive cells, and we have also studied the female reproductive system. We haven't used links, because we are reinforcing the unit with different worksheets that we are doing in class.

Social Science:

This week, we have studied the Spanish War of Independence and the Carlist Wars, and we have also started to talk about the end of Spanish Empire after the 1898 disater and the Spanish-American War.

Here, you have three pictures of the painting "3rd of May 1808" by Goya, one with a very good resolution, another one with explanations in Spanish, and the last one, my own version, that I did 35 years ago, when I was 19 :-)

"3rd of May 1808" by Goya

"3rd of May 1808" by Goya - Notas en español

"Homenaje a Goya - Martín Vicente Lozano

Have a good weekend!

viernes, 13 de enero de 2017

Weekly links, 6th grade - "Olympic Games", "Human Reproduction" and "Modern Spain: the 19th century"

Good afternoon and welcome again to the blog!

Next you can see some of the links we have used in this first week after Christmas, in the different subjects:


In this case, we have continued working with Unit 4: "Olympic Sports" and, although we haven't had enough time to watch it in the class, I had this funny video prepared:

Natural Science:

In Natural Science, we have started Unit 3, about human reproduction and we have began to talk about the reproductive cells.

Apart from the text and pictures in the book, we have also used these two images (remember that you can enlarge the pictures clicking on them):

Types of human cells

Gestation period in mammals

Social Science:

In this matter, we have also started Unit 3, in this case about the Spanish 19th century. We have began talking about two important events that took place in that period, related between them and with a great influence in Spanish history; These are: "The French Revolution" and "Napoleon".

Apart from the contents on the book we have watched several interesting videos to illustrate these facts. First, two videos from the musical film: "Les Miserables" with the crucial moments in which people rise again the power:

Then, you can see one video about the causes that provoked the French Revolution, and two more about Napoleon's life:

Finally, I remind you that next week we are going to start to do some geometric drawings, so that, if you don't have them, you will need to buy a set of "Escuadra" y "Cartabón" (you will find them easily with the names in Spanish :-) and a ruler of about 30 cm long. 

Enjoy them again, and have a good weekend!