Monday, 27 October 2014

Colourful Salt Jars

Last Friday we recalled our early childhood days. Some children had asked me to decorate glass jar with salt as they had already when they were very little.

- A glass jar (it can be plastic too)
- 1 kilo of salt
- Coloured chalk
- Colour the salt using coloured chalk.
- Pour the coloured salt into the jar mixing colours as you like.
- Fill the jar and place the lid.
Finally, they can cover and hide the jar lid in a piece of cloth and tie it with a ribbon. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

What do you look like? (Describing people)

I've got short black hair and small green eyes. Today I'm wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and white trainers. I wear glasses too.
What do you look like?

Here you are some videos to revise physical appearance vocabulary and expressions to describe people. You can describe yourself, your friends or your family members!
In the first video the ABCs sing a song about themselves. Then, the song plays again but with some words missing. How many can you get right?

Here is another video. Can you learn this song? It is very easy! And can you do the dance too? Go ahead!

 * uncle = my dad's or mum's brother. 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

PicsArt, Piccollage and Word

This week, Aixa, Marta and Adrián have talked to us about their favorite software:
  • Aixa brought her tablet and made a demonstration of how PicsArt works. It is an App for smartphones and tablets to edit photographs and add effects. You can also share your edited picture. You can download PicsArt here.
  • Marta showed Pic Collage to the class. She used the interactive digital board to display a beautiful collage of pictures designed with this App. You can share your collage too! Click here to download it.
  • Adrián talked about Microsoft Word. This software is used to edit text. You can add pictures to your texts, change font color and size, etc. Word is not free but you can download LibreOffice software here instead.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Essential apps you need for your homework

I have collected on this post some of the apps we have sometimes talked about in class. They are compatible with your android devices (tablets, smartphones...) and will help you at school or at home with your homework.

If you click on the names or the images, Google Play Store website will open in a new tab.

  • Wikipedia: it is the biggest free enciclopaedia online. You get the same information as in the website, including pictures and links.
  • Google translator: this is the official Google application for translating. It includes a lot of languages and the chance to listen, copy or share the word. It also has voice recognition for direct translation.

Do you use more applications on your tablets or smartphones? Please, tell me in your comments below!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Oxford Online Learning Zone

Oxford Learning Zone - Primary

In the Oxford Online Learning Zone you can have fun and practise your English. Just click on our textbook at school (Big Surprise 5! or Surprise 6!) and you will enjoy games, stories, songs and other activities. Remember to choose your book by clicking on Cambia de curso on the top right corner of the screen.


You can also find many more games if you visit the  fun zone and Paint Party sections. Enjoy yourselves!

 fun zone

For Big Surprise! and fun zone you need to register for free. Just click on the Quiero registrarme green button.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Enlargement (2): personal computer

Dear kids, here you are the personal computer displayed on the interactive whiteboard for the enlargement activity.
Remember, the deadline is on Monday, 21st October! 

Don't forget to draw it square by square!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Parts of a computer

In Year 6's Bilingual Science we are studying new technologies. Last week we had a look at computers and their parts.

Here you are a video to revise computer parts:

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Enlargement: we learn to make pictures bigger

In Arts and Crafts we have learnt to enlarge pictures. This technique is called enlargement. It is a very simple technique but may be difficult for younger kids.
The pictures we have worked with are those of endangered animal species of the rainforest.
In years 5A & 5B we have enlarged a tapir and an emerald tree boa meanwhile year 6 kids have enlarged a tree frog and a parrot
Before tackling with the process itself we watched some videos and pictures of these animals and answered some questions orally to connect this activity to Natural Sciences (CLIL):

- What's this?
- Is it a pet or a wild animal?
- Can you describe it, please?
- Is it a mammal, a fish, a bird, an amphibian or a reptile?
- Is it oviparous or viviparous, vertebrate or invertebrate?
- ...

You may download a full PDF picture by clicking on its name:
(Source: Free for Kids website)

Ordinal numbers

Last month, in years 5A and 5B we learnt the ordinal numbers from first (1st) to tenth (10th) while in year 6 we revised from 1st to 10th and learnt from eleventh till thirty-first and so on. We also had a look at how to tell our birthday and full dates!

Here you are a cute video to help you remember and study them:



In order to revise previous years functions and vocabulary we have practised introductions at school. That is something I like to work all academic year long. 
The most frequent questions and answers are:
- What's your name? 
My name's ____________.
- How old are you? 
I'm _________ years old.
- When's your birthday? 
My birthday is in (month) (with years 5A & 5B)
My birthday is on (month+day) (with year 6)
- What's your favourite number? 
My favourite number is ____
- What's your favourite colour? 
My favourite colour is ____
- What's your favourite animal? 
My favourite animal is ____
- What's your favourite subject at school? 
My favourite subject is ____
- What's your favourite food? 
My favourite food is ____
- What's your favourite sport? 
My favourite sport is ____
- What's your favourite ...? 
My favourite ____ is _____
- Have you got any brothers or sisters? 
Yes, I have ___ / No, I have no brothers or sisters.
- Do you like...? 
Yes, I do. / No, I don't.
We usually revise these questions orally at the beginning of the lesson by asking randomly around the class or by interviewing a student every day. They like it!


Hi, welcome to my blog. Here I will be posting about some news and activities that I have been and will be carrying out with my years 5A, 5B and 6 groups at Maximiliano Macías primary school in Mérida (Spain) during this school year.
I work as a teacher of English, including a weekly hour of Science and Art in every group. 

I hope you find them interesting and please, feel free to comment, share or add some feedback if you wish. Welcome!