viernes, 20 de abril de 2018

3º British: review of mapping skills

As a part of our class review of map reading, here you have several useful links:
Do not panic: we will do the full revision at class; these are just links in case you want extra help at home. And besides, reading a map is not as difficult as it looks, isn't it?

martes, 10 de abril de 2018

3º British: Clouds

Clouds are categorised according to height and shape. The different categories of clouds are then given names based on Latin words, eg.: nimbus clouds bring rain, stratus clouds appear as layers... You can read the different types and characteristics in this information sheet

Knowledge about cloud formation and typology is very important for reading the synoptic chart symbols.

A synoptic chart is any map that summarises atmospheric conditions over a wide area at a given time. It displays information on temperature, precipitation, wind speed and direction, atmospheric pressure and cloud coverage.

In this link, you can do a quick revision of  British climates. And now... let's practice! 

3º British: Climates in UK

These are the main factors affecting the climatic conditions: 

viernes, 23 de marzo de 2018

1º British: Historical model-making

It's time of the funniest activity of the year! Model-making! :) Yes, you have to do a manual work: a model, mockup or diorama of any historical age studied this year!

Of course, you will have a mark for this work. And, as you will do it very well, that mark will be very high... Do not worry, you have enough time: the delivery date is Friday 4, May.


1. The model can be done individually or in groups (maximum, 3 people).
2. The item must be obligatorily related to one of the historical topics studied this year. You can add some figures and landscape items, but remember that the main part must be a building.
3. Do NOT expend money, do it with reusable materials: paper, cardboard, clay ... even those Playmobiles you have in a drawer :)
4. Be original: it is a creative work, to show off your imagination.
5. They should be harmless (no volcanoes to explode, please)

There are many options: Paleolithic hunters, the neolithic city of Catal Huyuck, a Mesopotamian ziggurat, Egyptian pyramids and sphinxes, the Parthenon of Athens, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the war between the Greeks and Persians, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum with gladiators, the Circus with a chariot race, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, a Vetton's castro...

Get to work and enjoy it! 

Cover photo:

miércoles, 14 de marzo de 2018

3º British: VideoScribe

Your new (and last) task this year will be: create a videoscribe presentation! VideoScribe is a software tool quite easy and intuitive to work with; By visiting its website, you can download a 7-days FREE version, that should be enough for your task. You can read some basic instructions in this link (Spanish). It is really easy, you only need to be a bit patient meanwhile the software compile your instructions...

You can do it individually, in pairs or in groups. These are the basic requirements:

- The main issue must be one of the topics from this year’s syllabus (Geography).
- The final product should last between 4 and 8 minutes
- At the end of the video, you should include the author’s credits (your names!)
- The video must be in .avi or .mp4 format (compatible with Windows & Android)

When finish (21 May), send the video to This activity is mandatory; remember that, as usual, if you don’t do it, or you do it out of time, the mark for this activity will be 0.

Be creative and enjoy the activity. Good luck! J

lunes, 12 de marzo de 2018

4º British: Filming an historical movie

Your new task this year will be: filming an historical short movie! Today, with the daily-use technology is quite easy to became a film director, and that could be a great educational activity, don’t you think so? J

You can do it individually, in pairs or in groups. These are the basic requirements:

  • The main issue must be one of the topics from this year’s syllabus.
  • The story should be historically correct: you can be creative about secondary things (locations, music, clothes, etc.) but the characters should do real historical facts, specially if you choose the option of a documentary movie (maybe you should check for primary sources before preparing the dialogues and speeches...).
  • The final product should last between 4 and 8 minutes
  • After those minutes, you should include the author’s credits
  • The video must be in .avi or .mp4 format (compatible with Windows)

Let’s start with some help... In the following document you can learn about the steps of filming a movie and its technical aspects, such as types of shoots (planos) and camera’s angles.

When finish, send the video (and any extra material that you have created) to (or, if the file is too big, give me a pendrive). The deadline will be 12 April. This activity is mandatory; remember that, as usual, if you don’t do it, or you do it out of time, the mark for this activity will be 0.

Be creative and enjoy the activity. Good luck!

martes, 6 de marzo de 2018

British: e-learning or how to use Moodle

Moodle is a "Virtual Learning Environment", the platform or tool used to provide online courses (in universities, businesses, government ...). It's like bringing class home with Professor inside. Communication is easy, because it has different tools (forums and chat), and different ways of organizing content area (lessons, web, wikis ...), and even activities (surveys, tests ...). And it's free!

Some of the advantages is that the students can work together to resolve questions and solve problems and also can keep improving the content of study and completing the matter according to current needs.

Probably, you are now familiar with this environment thanks to our own IES but... would you like to go deeper inside? That's your new task... and you shall be responsible to upload the contents to the "course", turning you into your own teachers! But obviously, I will be the webmaster and I will decide the final markt... ;-)

How? I created a special course called:

These courses are "closed", meaning only accessible if you are registered with your user name and your password (be carefull not lossing data!). So, nobody outside the class is allowed to participate.

We will completing this "academic course" gradually. As you see, the index and instrucctions are yet organized, and also include the short version of Moodle Manual for Teachers (Read all of these things carefully!). From now on you who will have to go to them completing sections "content and activities". We will use several class sessions to work in the computer lab, but you can also do some work from home.

Go on! Good luck!

You can see more information on this presentation of Moodle in Mª Jesús Camino’s blog.