Halloween chefs

This year, students in level 5  celebrated Halloween in a different way: they became Halloween chefs!!!!

Este ano, os alumnos de 5º  celebraron Hallowwen dun modo diferente: convertíronse en Chefs!!!

So, they  were organized in groups of 3 or 4 based on the skill level of the students in order to make a Halloween pizza. First, they searched for images of Halloween pizzas on the internet and they chose the one they liked most for their recipes.Then, they decided what ingredients they are going to need and they wrote the recipes. Finally, they made the pizzas and the staff of  our school canteen baked them into the oven following their instructions. They were spook-tacular!!!!

Organizouse a clase en grupos de tres ou catro alumnos con distintos niveis de destreza  para facer unha pizza de Halloween. Primeiro buscaron na internet imaxes de pizzas de Halloween e escolleron entre todos cal era a que máis lle gustaba. Logo, decidiron que ingredientes ían necesitar (un bó momento para interactuar con eles sobre os seus gustos) e escribiron as receitas. Finalmente, as prepararon e o persoal de cociña quentóunolas. Estaban de morte!!!!!

Working in small-groups learning in a collaborative enviroment has many benefits:

Traballar en pequenos grupos de aprendizaxe colaborativo ten moitos beneficios:

-Cooperative learning is fun, so students enjoy it and are more motivated.

                       A aprendizaxe cooperativa é divertida, de xeito que os rapaces gozan aprendendo e se sinte máis motivados.

-Cooperative learning is interactive, so students are engaged, active participants in the learninng.

Os alumnos convírtense en axentes activos do seu aprendizaxe.

-Cooperative learning allows discussion and critical thinking, so students learn more and remember what they’ve learned for a longer period of time.

Permite o debate e o pensamento crítico, de xeito que os alumnos aprenden máis e recordan o que aprenderon durante máis tempo.

-Cooperative learning requires students to learn to work together, which is an important skill for their future.

A aprendizaxe cooperativa require que os alumnos aprendan a traballar xuntos, a respetar as opinións dos demáis, a apreciar o traballo dos compañeiros , a aprender dos demáis, a respetar a diversidade, ..o que é unha habiliadade fundamental para o seu futuro.

 

 I´m sure, we’ll work in this way soon.

 

 

 

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Spooky Halloween 2016

Last Friday, we had a creepy, scary Halloween party  at school.

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Scary costumes and horrifying make-ups filled classrooms and corridors.

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And when the break ended……our Halloween Party started with three amazing performances by Kindergartens and Level 6 students .

But, that was not all!!! We enjoyed different Indoor Halloween games such as, bobbing for apples game, Ghost Bowling or Witch’s Hat Ring Toss.pizap-com14784664885971

And finally, we  knew the names of our Halloween Pumpkin Contest winners. As every year, it was really hard to choose the best pumpkins because they were all awesome. pizap-com14784659741391

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Halloween Around the World: Mexico

day-of-the-dead-catrinaDay of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico between October 31st and November 2nd.  The celebration is designed to honor the dead* who, it is believed**, return to their homes on Halloween.
The Day of the Dead has its origins from pre-Hispanic civilizations from 2,500 to 3,000 years ago, before the Spanish conquered Mexico. That celebration took place*** in the 9th month of the Aztec calendar and lasted the whole month.
Traditionally, November 1 is the day for honoring dead children and infants, and November 2 is the day for honoring deceased adults.

day-of-the-dead-gravesIt’s a festive and colourful holiday. Many families construct an altar to the dead in their homes to honor deceased relatives**** and decorate it with sweets, flowers, photographs, deceased’s favorite foods and drinks, and fresh water.ofrenda-patzcuaro
Families clean the graves***** of their deceased relatives and decorate them with flowers, photos, candles, foods and drinks. People are all night in the cementeries, telling funny stories about their dead ancestors or playing the favorite songs of the dead.

Day of the Dead celebrations now also include community festivals, parades******, and street parties.celebrate-day-of-the-dead

 

Mexican people love making or buying sugar skulls ,called   “calavgroovy-sugar-skullseras de azúcar” in Spanish. Children often give their friends sugar skulls.

Catrinas dolls are the most popular symbol of The Day of the Dead in Mexico. They are tall and thin skelletons dressed up in beautiful clothes and decorated with flowers.They were created by a Mexican artist called Jose Guadalupe Posada.

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Good books to read: I need my monster

9780979974625Study Centre recommends ” I need  my monster” written by Amanda Noll , illustrated by Howard McWillia and read by Rita Montero.

Ethan is a little boy who can’t fall asleep without his favorite monster under his bed. When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week. -Gabe.” What will Ethan do? He needs a monster under his bed.

 

Ethan é un rapaz pequeno que non pode durmir sen ter o seu mostruo debaixo da súa cama. Pero un día atopa unah nota na que Gabe, o seu mostruo favorito, lle di que se vai de pesca durante unha semana. Que vai facer Ethan? Necesita un mostruo debaixo da súa cama.

 

 

Creepy, Scary, Spooky Halloween

Halloween is one of our favourite English celebrations. We have a Pumpkin Contest every year and everybody brings spooky creepy pumpkins. What about this year? Are your pumpkins ready?

Do you know how British children celebrate Halloween in the UK? Take a look at this video!

 

This year, the topic chosen for the Halloween decoration is” spiders”.So, let’s learn this  Super Simple  Halloweeen counting song. Enjoy it!