Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Animals digital projects in Bilingual Science (Year 6)

This term we have studied animals in both year 6's bilingual Science groups.
As a final activity Kids had to create a digital project (a poster or a presentation) using any digital tool they liked, so we practised the digital competence too. They have chosen Genial.ly, Prezi, Google Presentations and PicsArt.

Finally, they had to share their work on a collaborative wall on this Padlet.

It has been a rewarding experience. Students have been so motivated towards this final project that they have voluntarily decided to remain in the computers room during their break time in order to keep on working on their posters and presentations. Great work, children!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Revising animals and food chains for Bilingual Science

Dear year 6 kids, here you are an interactive game to help you learn about animals and food chains. Enjoy!

You can find more interactive games and activities like this one on BBC Schools website.

Adolescentes y móvil: Guía para padres desesperados

En el blog de Uveni he encontrado este interesante artículo a modo de guía para ayudar a padres con hijos adolescentes en la gestión del uso del teléfono móvil. Si bien nuestros niños de 5º y 6º aún no son adolescentes, no viene nada mal tenerlo en cuenta pues podemos aplicar muchos de estos consejos a su edad actual. El blog contiene otros artículos muy útiles para orientarnos en nuestra labor educativa así que aprovecho para recomendar su lectura regular.

Puedes leer el artículo completo aquí.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Cómo organizar nuestro lugar de estudio en casa

A la hora de estudiar o hacer tus deberes en casa, existen unos pequeños consejos que te pueden ayudar mucho. Observa la siguiente infografía:

Puedes descargar esta imagen en PDF para poder imprimirla en este enlace.
También puedes ampliar la información leyendo el artículo donde está publicada la infografía anterior en su web original: Cinco claves básicas para organizar el lugar de estudio

Monday, 23 November 2015

Revising clothes (constructor)

This unit we are learning about some accessories vocabulary in year 6: belt, earrings, boots, rucksack, etc. But can you remember the name of clothes?

There are a lot of different activities in Constructor website. You can revise English, Maths, Science, Spanish...

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Stop Motion in Arts class (Year 6)

What is "stop motion"?

According to Wikipedia, Stop motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object that appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence.
Shaun the Sheep Movie, Frankenweenie, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit or Chicken Run, are some examples of modern films using stop motion technique. We take pictures and we move the objects on the scene. Finally we play the pictures one after another and we get the feeling that the objects are moving. Here you are a classic movie filmed using the stop motion technique: The Lost World (1925)

What do we need?

We have used our tablets or smartphones cameras and software. For Android devices we used Stop Motion Studio. Thanks to this app you can take pictures and create the video. With this free version we cannot add music so we needed another app like VideoShow.

Extra material for our films have been: toys, plasticine, card, paper... almost any material we thought that could be very useful for our film making. We created characters and a scenary!

Steps we followed

In order to create our project we followed these steps:

1. Planning: we divided our class into groups of three or four students.

2. Designing: we agreed on the topic of our video, the characters and the script.
Rodrigo writing the script for his video
Writing the script
3. Creation: in this step we started working on our project; we created our characters and background, downloaded the apps and started taking pictures for our video.
Modelling our characters
Modelling our characters with plasticine

Creating the backgrounds
Time to start taking pictures!
We take picture after picture after picture to create our film
4. Edition: In this step of our project it is time to edit our video and add some music to it!

5. Promotion:  Currently undergoing! We are uploading our films to online servers (YouTube, Vimeo...) sharing it with our classmates via our class blog, school website, etc.

We will soon hold our films premiere in class and analyse what we have learnt in this project, what we have done well and what we need to improve for the future.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Friday, 13 November 2015

Revising the classification of animals with cards (GoConqr)

[In Year 6 we are studying the animals in Bilingual Science during the first term. Thanks to GoConqr, I have created some cards to help my students revise the wide vocabulary regarding this topic. Pictures belong to public domain and have been downloaded from PixaBay. Down here you are the final result.]

Dear kids, can you guess the classification of these animals before you turn every card around? Once you already know that card just click on the thumbs-up icon until you know all the cards. You can do it!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

How often do you... ? (frequency)

Dear Year 6 kids, how often do you visit our blog?
Here you are two videos to help you revise how to express frequency in English.

Finally, how often do you use the internet? Why don't you look at and listen to these British kids and compare their habits to yours?

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Visita a la exposición "Ilusionismo, ¿magia o ciencia?" (Mérida)

La semana pasada visitamos la exposición "Ilusionismo, ¿magia o ciencia?", situada en la Plaza de Margarita Xirgu (Mérida) Disfrutamos mucho con las ilusiones ópticas y aprendimos cómo nuestro cerebro actúa según los estímulos del exterior que percibimos a través de los órganos de los sentidos.
A continuación puedes ver algunas imágenes de los grupos de 6ºA y 5ºB en un montaje realizado con la herramienta en línea Slidely. Si pulsas sobre ella podrás verla en pantalla completa y escucharla con música.

Exposición "Ilusionismo, ¿magia o ciencia?" by Slidely Photo Gallery

Where is it? (prepositions of place)

Hi kids, here you are two videos to help you revise some prepositions of place. Can you learn these songs?

Monday, 12 October 2015

Poesías de 5º Primaria sobre la agricultura

¡Hola, mundo! ¿Qué tal el inicio del curso?
Algunas niñas y niños de 5º Primaria del CEIP Maximiliano Macías han grabado estas poesías sobre la agricultura como actividad de la clase de Lengua.
Esperamos que os gusten.

Monday, 28 September 2015

All the best for the future!

This post is to wish my former Year 6 students all the best for the future to come.

Now you are all starting secondary education and trying to adapt to new teachers, new classmates, new subjects... in a new bigger school. Remember to work hard and everything will come easy. 

#WeAreYear6 #Somos6º

Friday, 17 July 2015

Excursión a Isla Mágica - 6º Primaria

El miércoles 17 de junio, justo en la víspera de nuestra graduación, los niños de 6º Primaria disfrutamos de un maravilloso día en Isla Mágica. Este fue el premio por resultar ganadores de neustra modalidad del IX concurso escolar "Día de Europa" a través de éste blog, A Bridge Towards Europe. Compartimos la jornada con nuestros amigos del CEIP "El Rodeo" de Jerez de los Caballeros, segundos clasificados.

Sin duda sirvió de colofón a un proyecto donde demostramos que cuando se trabaja en equipo, con ganas y motivación por sacar adelante un proyecto, siempre se obtiene buenos

 ¡Enhorabuena campeones!

Thursday, 4 June 2015


Dear kids, here you are the video we watched at school and you enjoyed so much;

- What's the Big Ben?

- How tall is the London Eye?

- Where does the Queen live?

And here is the map of London in Google Maps. You can zoom in and out, and don't forget to walk the streets of London through Street View!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

What are you going to do? (talking about the future)

Where are you going to go in your summer holidays? 
What are you going to do?
Are you going to swim in the sea? 
Are you going to read lots of books?

You can practise some online activities to revise the future on this website and this website

Now, you can watch this video. What is Henry going to do?

Monday, 18 May 2015

Amazing animals!

In year 5 we are learning about animals. Vocabulary,  a story about four dragons, animal facts...
Here you are some entertaining videos about some amazing animals:

The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on our planet... it's even bigger than the biggest dinosaurs!!

The cheetah is a large feline living in Africa and parts of Iran. The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal, as fast as 112 to 120 km/h! In this video you can compare a cheetah to Usain Bolt, the fastest human being:

And we got our award! (Europe Day Awards Ceremony)

Last Friday 8th May, we joined other participant schools in Europe Day Awards Ceremony in Mérida. We had a great time. There we made friends with "El Rodeo" primary school students from Jerez de los Caballeros. We collected our award and were very happy for it. 
Now we are looking forward for June 17th to visit Isla Mágica amusement park and enjoy our prize. 

What an unforgettable day for us!

Posing with our award with happy faces :)

Thursday, 7 May 2015

MaxiEurope on the news again! (Canal Extremadura and El Periódico de Mérida)

We cannot believe we have achieved so much. This week we have been on the news again: el Periódico de Mérida published and article about our award last Tuesday. Then, on Wednesday, Canal Extremadura TV presenter, José, and his cameraman, came to our school to interview us and film our Europe Day decorations. We will be in Extremadura en abierto TV programme on Friday!
It was very exciting!

Published in El Periódico de Mérida, 5th May 2015

José inteviewing Itzíar and Paula López
about our Europe Day poster.

We had a lot of fun!

Monday, 4 May 2015

We are the champions of Europe Day contest!!!

We are the champions! We won Europe Day contest's first prize!!!

We have been on the news too: Diario HOY newspaper, Radio Ser, OndaCero. Canal Extremadura TV will visit us this week to film our school decorations and interview us about the project. We are so happy!

On Friday 8th May we will be given our diplomas on the Day of Europe commemorate act in Mérida.

Diario HOY's printed version article
Diario HOY's online version

Foam flowers for Mother's Day

This year we made some foam flowers as Mother's Day present. 
I got the idea from Manualidades On website. It is very easy and quick to do and the flowers are very beautiful.

You will need: 
  • Foam from different colours.
  • A sheet of card for the patterns.
  • Pencil and rubber.
  • Scissors.
  • Long wooden sticks for the stems.
To learn about the process and see some more photos you can have a look at Ale Jimenez's article in the original website.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Brighton, Blackpool and the Isle of Man (Year 5)

In Year 5 we are learning about places in a country (beach, river, mountains...). Our friends Hannah and Rob send us tourist information about the UK coast. We have read about Brighton, Blackpook, the Isle of Man, pebble and sand beaches, and white cliffs too.

Here you are some videos and photos to help you learn about these places: 

1. Blackpool: When can we see Blackpool illuminations? Watch this video, you will see the promenade, the tower, the pier... and the illuminations at night!

What about a ride on The Big One, the enormous roller coaster at Pleasure Beach funfair?

2. Brighton. What is there in Brighton pier? Is Brighton beach a sand beach or a pebbles beach?

Source: Wikimedia Commons - CC-BY-SA-3.0
 3. Isle of Man. What is wrong with some cats at the Isle of Man? 

Source: Wikimedia Commons - CC-BY-SA-2.0
And finally, the video you all loved at Year 5B: The International Isle of Man TT race!!!

Learning about Augmented Reality with colAR Mix in Year 5's Arts&Crafts class

Do you know what is augmented reality (AR)? You can find it out with this application. It is called colAR Mix and it is available for Android and iOS devices. 
Just download the pictures, colour them and look at them through your tablet or smartphone front camera using colAR Mix app. Surprise! Magic! You will see your picture come to life! 

In Year 5's Art&Crafts class we have coloured Gustafer Yellowgold's worksheet and the pukeko too. 

You can dowload this software from Google Play, from iTunes and from its official website colarapp.com.
Remember that some pictures are free but others are not.

Europe Day project

In Year 6 we joined the IX Concurso Escolar "Día de Europa" school contest. We created and updated a blog with information from every country in the European Union. We also created a mural game, a video and a poster to celebrate Europe Day on the 9th May. 
In addition to this, the other groups at school wanted to help us and we all decorated our classroom doors. Each group had a different European country. In Year 6 we had Finland and Sweden. In Year 5 we had Netherlands and Belgium.
We did many more activities, you can have a look at them in our blog A Bridge Towards Europe:

A Bridge Towards Europe blog capture
Our blog "A Bridge Towards Europe"

Monday, 9 March 2015

What did you do yesterday? (video)

In year 6 we have learnt to express ourselves in the past. Here is a good video to revise it as well as the present continuous! Enjoy!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

We now belong to Planeta EducarEx

Dear kids and readers,
I'm happy to tell you that our blog has been added to Planeta EducarEx. Now our articles will be published in Planeta EducarEx's blog too at the same time. It's brilliant, isn't it?

Planeta EducarEx

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.

http://studio.code.org/Year 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 HOY.es, 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 cuentosparachicos.com 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:

Thursday, 29 January 2015

What did you do...? (padlet)

What did you do yesterday? What did you do last weekend?
What did you do last month? 
...and what did you do at Christmas?

Please, leave a message on this wall telling us all. 


Friday, 16 January 2015

The oldest pupil (video)

This week we learned about Kimani Maruge, the oldest pupil in the world according to The Guinness Book of World Records. He didn't go to school when he was young because he had to help his family.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

My school day (video)

Last week, in Year 5 we watched this video and learned about a day in a British school. We compared this school to our school and talked about differences and similarities.
What do you think? Do you like that school in the video?

Here is another video you may find quite interesting:

Revising Year 5's Unit 3 vocabulary with hangman game

Hi, year 5A & 5B kids! Here you are a new game on the blog: it's hangman!
By playing this game online you will revise the new vocabulary of places in town. Enjoy!

Learn to tell the time

Hi kids, here you are two videos to revise the time: