domingo, 28 de abril de 2013

4º British: Unit 15 Second World War

For a question of time, we will study firstly the II World War (1939-1945), in order to prepare the last exam of this year. After it, we will see the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), that only has the weekly work...

1º British: The Olympus contest

We have finished our Miss and Mister Olympus Contest and here are the results: the contest ended in a tie between Zeus and Athenea!

© Cover photo: Strategy videogame “Zeus – Master of Olympus”, by Impressions Games, 2000.

lunes, 22 de abril de 2013

1º British: Historical model-making

During the 3rd term, you must read the book "Roman Mysteries" (which I am sure you will like, it is a great adventure!), and you have to do also a manual work: a model or diorama of a 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 time enough: the delivery date for the model is Friday 31, May.


1. The model must be done individually or in pairs.
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 J
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 (the most important Greek temple), the lighthouse of Alexandría, the war between the Greeks and Persians, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum with gladiators, the Circus with a chariot race, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius and the houses of Pompeii...

To make everything easier, I leave here a few links to some templates in case you want some help or a starting point: if you are interested in the topic, you just have to print it (but there are quite small buildings...). After all, it is a matter of patience and a some abilities with scissors and glue;-)

Get to work and enjoy it! J


domingo, 14 de abril de 2013

4º British: Unit 13 The interwar period

Here you have the new and interesting topic... In this unit we will study the  consequences of the Treaty of Versailles, the Roaring twenties, the Wall Street's Crack of 1929, the Weimar Republic of Germany and the rise of Totalitarism systems.

miércoles, 10 de abril de 2013

British IGCSE: May 2013 exams

This is the timetable for the exam of this year:

History (4º): In this subject the exams will be divided in 3 parts. You have more details (and even information of the topics/questions of the exam!) in this information pdf:

  • Paper 1 (Theory): Tuesday 7 May. Hour: 9:00 - 11:00
  • Paper 4 (practice: alternative to coursework): Wednesday 22 May. Hour: 10:00 - 11:00
  • Paper 2 (Theory): Friday 24 May. Hour: 10:00 - 12:00

Geography (3º): In this subject the exams will be divided in 3 parts:
  • Paper 2 (theory): Friday 10 May. Hour: 10:00 - 11:30
  • Paper 1 (theory): Friday 17 May. Hour: 10:00 - 11:45
  • Paper 4 (practice: alternative to coursework): Tuesday 21 May. Hour: 10:00 - 11:30)

Geography' exam details

As the Geography’ exams seem to be longer and more complex, here you have some useful information:

Paper 1: 1hr 45 minutes (75 marks). What’s the % of the total marks? 45%

You have to answer 3 of the 6 questions available, so take your time to choose your questions carefully at the start of the examination. Each question will be based on one or more resources, which may be a photograph, a map, a sketch map, diagrams, graphs, written information or tables of data... You will be asked to analyse and use the resource/s to show your understanding of geographical ideas. It will not matter that the examples/places used in the questions are not familiar to you, but it is important that you know and understand geographical ideas so that you can apply them to any situation. To gain the highest marks you will often need to illustrate your answer by referring to a relevant case study you have learnt.

Paper 2: 1hr 30 minutes (60 marks). What’s the % of the total marks? 27.5%

This Paper tests your geographical skills. You must answer all the questions, including a compulsory map work question. You will need to use the map extract to answer specific questions about the area shown on the map. The compulsory question may include the use of grid references (4 and 6 figure) and direction, distances, understanding contour lines, and interpreting physical and human features of the area. The other questions will require you to complete and use a variety of different graphs, diagrams, photographs, tables of data, etc. You will also be asked to interpret the information. You will be marked on the accuracy of your answers, so you need to make sure you go to the exam well equipped with a pencil, rubber, ruler, set square and protractor.

Paper 4: 1 hr 30 minutes (60 marks). What’s the % of the total marks? 27.5%

This is, basically, two case studies: you will answer two questions, each based on a theoretical investigation,which test how you would carry out coursework. The questions will cover data collection methods, presenting data, analysing patterns in data and writing a conclusion.

Good luck!