Saturday, 17 December 2011

Happy Holidays and Good Luck!!!!

Dear children,

I hope you enjoyed your gradutaion trip and I wish you all the best for 2012.
Happy holidays! You deserve them!!!
We'll miss you!!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Can you see what I see?

This is a game from Scholastic where you have to find hidden objects with the help of a magnifying glass.
Hope you like it.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

More Reading Comprehension Practice

Click on the links below if you want to continue exercising your reading comprehension skills

All the best and enjoy your Sunday!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Reading Comprehension Practice

If you are willing to practise your reading comprehension skills for your final exam, try this link

Good luck!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Hero Biographies

You worked really hard in your research when writing your hero biographies collaboratively. Even though it was your first time when paraphrasing, you did your best. You need to keep on exercising this skill for your future.
Click on the links below and find out some interesting information about these wonderful people.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Next week...

Dear all,

You worked really hard this week on My Hero essays. Now I challenge you to watch the following video and write a comment about what you think it is about. What did you understand? We will be working on this topic next week.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Think Different

Watch this video narrated by Steve Jobs. This video was created for an Apple ad campaign in 1997. I challenge you to try to identify famous people. Ask any relative for help as they are not contemporary characters. I hope you enjoy it!.Leave a comment to know if you were able to discover them. What does the video try to transmit?

Monday, 31 October 2011

Modern Foreign Languages

You will have to choose one of the following Modern Foreign Languages next year: (French, Portuguese, Mandarin).
Remember the following:
  • As you progress through your education at school, a modern language will be of benefit to your personal and educational development in a variety of ways.
  • It will allow you to establish contact with people of your own age who speak other languages and to access information from other cultures.
  • It will help you to understand that experience of the world through another language can be just as 'real' and 'valid' as experience of the world through Spanish or English.It will offer you the positive experience of developing an entirely new mode of understanding and expression.
  • Keep in mind that you will have to show commitment at all times throughout the learning process.

Good luck in your choice!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Digital Portfolios and My Hero

Dear all,
This week you worked really hard in updating your portfolios. What do you think about having a digital portfolio?

This coming week you will continue writing My Hero essays, so keep on asking for more information at home to add in your text.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Sunday, 23 October 2011


Thank you Luli for sharing this wonderful video!!
What do you all think?

Friday, 21 October 2011

Ordinary People Doing Extarordinary Things

Watch this video. What do you think?

Monday, 17 October 2011

My Personal Hero

Next week you will start writing about your own personal hero or role model. This essay will be then submitted to My Hero webpage. Keep on thinking, finding information or any other relevant anecdote on your personal hero at home.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Heroes Collaborative Document

This week we started working on the new collaborative project on heroes using Google docs.

Here are some tips:

  • Remember to follow the steps for a successful paraphrasing.

  • Apply the “double check rule.” Return to the original material to confirm you used your own words.

  • It is extremely important for you to do lots of research, that means, READ, READ and READ all the necessary sources so that you find interesting information about your hero.

  • Once you believe it is finished: pass SPELL CHECK,

  • Re read the whole biography to see that there are no repetitions.

  • Please avoid erasing other peer's contribution. Leave a polite comment.

  • Remember to write short sentences and include full stops and capital letters after them.
You are doing fine. Keep on working hard and enjoy it! Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Can you help me?

Monday, 3 October 2011


Today in class we spoke about plagiarism and the different steps you need to follow for a successful paraphrasing.

In order to paraphrase, you also need to research efficiently and not only will you learn how to avoid plagiarism, but you'll pick up some good research tips, too.

The following tutorial will help you get some useful tips for you to paraphrase successfully.

Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Mobile Labs

At the beginning of the year we were lucky enough to count on 27 netbooks to be shared by Y 4, 5 and 6. Now almost five months later we are fortunate to have 27 netbooks more. What do you think about these changes?
What other changes have you noticed in technology at school?

Monday, 26 September 2011

Last Effort...

Hope you rested a lot and you are ready to face the last months in Primary School.
Think positively, act with commitment and work hard with dedication and energy to achieve ALL your GOALS.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Videos on Internet Safety Practices

Dear all,
Hope you are all having a wonderful rest, getting ready for Monday!
Here are most of the videos on the scenarios you performed. There are some missing from 6B and some from 6C. I will insert them as soon as I have them ready.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
See you on Monday!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Happy holidays!!

What does the puzzle say?

provided by

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Compulsory post- Reflecting on Report Cards

Dear all,
Today you received your second term report card. You have time until September 25 th to complete this survey with FIVE questions (Scroll down to read them all). I want good reflections, please.
Thank you!

Monday, 12 September 2011

Reflection of the week- Teacher's Day

“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” Chinese proverb

What does this quotation mean? I want a GOOD reflection, please!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Do you speak English?

Watch this video and leave your comment, please!
Enjoy your long weekend!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

You choose...

Every day you have the option to tell, thank, encourage, inspire and let others know that you notice and believe in them.

Whatever you do makes a difference!

What actions did you do today ( or do you do every day)that could make a difference in someone's life tomorrow?

How are you going to show someone that they Matter?

Monday, 5 September 2011

Before the September holidays...

We will be wrapping up several activities, so try no to miss school!!!
  • You will edit your stories on your Google docs once I insert the comments.
  • You will start reading the new biography book
  • You will write a reflective paragraph on Internet Safety based on your scenarios
  • You will discover the characteristics a person must have to be considered a hero.
Lots of work to be done!! Positive attitude and lots of commitment, remember!!
Thank you!!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Happy Birthday, St Andrew's!!

Today our school is 173 years old. It's a great honour for me as a former pupil and as your teacher to be celebrating our school's 173 anniversary!

I hope that when you grow up, your school spirit is so marked on you as it is for most of us that really belong to St Andrew's Community. Let's celebrate it together!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Reminder: Compulsory post

Remember that this week your blogging task is to complete the survey on giving peer feedback!

This is the link

Thank you!

Enjoy your day!!

Monday, 29 August 2011


This is an acrostic poem on weekends. Do you know what an acrostic poem is?

Waited seven days
Each minute like an hour
Even the weather cooperated
Kept all my promises

Enjoyment abounding
Never a dull moment
Dad, oh, no, it's over already!

What was your most enjoyable moment this weekend?

Friday, 26 August 2011

Video animation

Bridge from Ting on Vimeo.

This is a short video animation. Watch it carefully. Who are the main characters? What do you see? What is the lesson that you find?
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Taken from Larry Ferlazzo's blog

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Giving feedback to a peer

You have been working on giving feedback to a peer in class. Complete the survey with your reflection.(6A students will have to wait until Thursday to do it)

Monday, 22 August 2011


Your helicopter has crashed into the jungle and you experience lots of dangers. At each crisis point, you have to choose between two or more options.

What is your choice?

Hope you survive!!! Enjoy it!!

See you

Taken from Discovery Channel

Saturday, 20 August 2011


Anne Frank, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln

You are reading about these people. Why do you think so?
Hope you are all enjoying this cold long weekend!
Nice weather to read!
See you...

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

I liked this one...

I was reading today and I came across this statement from another educator from abroad. I really liked it. What do you think?

"We all have many roads to success. We might not be on the same one, but the key is to get on one."

Which is "your road to success"?

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Enjoy it!

How fast can you find these words?

Try it out, have fun and let me know how well you did!

Sunday, 14 August 2011


Today's activity comes from the Sporcle website and is a quick test to see if you know the 100 most commonly used words in the English language.

You will see a grid with 100 space and a time limit of 12 minutes set and ready.

Before you start, think about what some of the most commonly used words might be. In English articles, pronouns and prepositions are used in almost every sentence, so you might think about starting with those.
When you are ready click on 'Ready? Click to Start'. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Have a nice Sunday!!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Test your awareness

Test your skills of observation with this video.
How observant are you? What did you learn from the video?
Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, 8 August 2011

Can you see what I see?

This is a game from Scholastic to practise your vocabulary skills.
Read the Instructions very carefully to understand what you have to do.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Chris Van Allsburg

This is the official site of Chris Van Allsburg, author of The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Browse through the site. You can visit the Story Writing Contest but don't miss visiting his site with interactive section with games. You can also read his biography and get to know some other books written by him.
Hope you enjoy it!
Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Your task now is to choose two images to write your stories. Think and observe the images carefully. They must be different as you need one for Spanish and one for English. You will be expected to write good fantasy stories in both languages including all the relevant fantasy elements, some mystery in order to hook the reader's attention as well as the caption. All the best!
Please, keep your choice to yourself. Don't share it with your friends! Thank you! We hope with Mariana that you enjoy this wrapping up of the fantasy genre as much as we do! If you want to see it bigger, please click

Monday, 1 August 2011

Welcome back!!

It was really nice meeting you today after three long weeks! We have four more months in Y6 with lots of important events and knowledge to share together. Enjoy your days in primary school and take advantage of all the opportunities that are offered to you!

Now read this quotation:

"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances." By Martha Washington

What is this quotation referring to?

What does it mean?

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Getting ready...

After three weeks of silence...

We are getting ready, aren't you??

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Happy Holidays!!

I wish you all a well desired holiday!!!
Rest but also read!!!. Remember that reading makes you grow!
Come back to school full of energy to face and enjoy the last four months in Y6!!
Enjoy your rest and being with your families!!
I'll be meeting you again on Monday, August 1st!
I'll miss you!!!
Miss Ale

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Campus San Andres

Today our headmaster spoke to you about the new Campus San Andres. What do you think about it?

Stop and reflect. Read the following questions and leave a comment. Add whatever you think it is relevant for our new school.

What does St Andrew's mean to you?

What comes into your mind when you think about St Andrew's?

What do you love most about St Andrew's?

If you had to leave the school- What would you miss the most?

What is school spirit? What does it feel like?

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

What are you planning...?

Three more days of school and we will be starting our winter holidays.

What are your plans for these holidays? Are you travelling? Where?

If you are staying here, what do you feel like doing?

Monday, 4 July 2011

Compulsory Post- Reflection on Writing Process!

We have been working in this process of writing a fantasy showing text for many weeks. Now it has come to an end. Therefore, before starting another one, I would like to know what you think about it and what you learnt by reflecting on all the different steps that you carried out in this writing process, such as: rough copy, self assessment, clean copy, second clean copy, completing your evaluation rubric.

You might be wondering, why so many reflections. Let me tell you something about "reflection"

Reflective writing tasks lead you to deeper learning. Reflection can help you:
  • better understand your strengths and weaknesses
  • identify areas for improvement
  • acknowledge a positive change in your learning process
Click here and complete the form by July 10th. There is no need to leave a comment here but if you do, extra houses will be awarded!!!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Frog Game

This game from Classroom Games contains a collection of language learning games. This one is on synonyms, antonyms and homonyms. Do you know what they are?
Click on the link and have fun. Once on the page, click on "Play Game". You can choose the content and the game speed. Hope you enjoy it!
Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, 30 June 2011


CONGRATULATIONS once again for your performances!!

You can see yourself in action!

Hope you enjoy this slideshow!!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

You were superb!!!

Click here and see what you find!

Congratulations on your performances today!!

You are missing one more on Thursday!!

All the best!! Enjoy your last concert in Primary school!!!

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Concert- The Wiz

Finally the time has come.

Your last primary concert. Enjoy every second of it.

Read and reflect on the following quotation from a German tennis player.

"As long as I can focus on enjoying what I'm doing, having fun, I know I'll perform well"

What does he mean?
How can you connect it with your performance in the school concert?

Saturday, 25 June 2011


Do you remember what a homphone is?
Same sound, different spelling!
I challenge you to see how much you remember from Y4!
All the best!
Enjoy it!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The Bottle Imp

You read with Mariana "The Bottle Imp" by the Scottish writer Robert Loius Stevenson.
Did you like it?
What do you think of the story?
here and you will find one version in English.
This a summary of the story. Hope you enjoy them!

Keawe, a poor Hawaiian fisherman, falls in love with Kokua, a young girl of royal blood. Her father refuses to let him marry her, though, unless Lopaka can bring him two feather cloaks from a rare bird. While searching the mountains for the bird, Lopaka encounters a dying priest of Pele who sells him a wishing bottle in which Kono, the god of the volcanos, is confined. The priest warns him of the dangers of the bottle: if he dies still owning it, he will be damned, and the only way to get rid of it is to sell it for a price smaller than was paid for it. Keawe agrees and wishes to be rich, then marries Kokua and sells the bottle. All is well until Keawe contracts leprosy. To get rid of it, he must acquire the bottle again, and he is forced to buy it for the smallest coin of the realm! To save her husband's soul, Kokua is ready to sacrifice herself by buying the bottle for a smaller French coin. Fortunately, a wicked sailor appears with a still smaller Chinese coin and becomes its final owner when the bottle is lost at sea. Keawe's wealth vanishes, but he is happy to be with Kokua.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Making Inferences

When working on Reading Comprehension, some of the questions were focused on making inferences from the text (AF3). Do you remember?

Watch the following video and see if you really understand what to make inferences means. Leave a comment saying what you understood. I don't want to read any comments such as "Nice video or funny video". Thank you.
Hope you understand it and enjoy it!

Taken from

Friday, 17 June 2011

Make or Do?

Which word goes with which verb? When correcting your writing pieces, I found that many of you perhaps do not know which verb goes with which verb. So I want you to play this game so that you exercise these phrases.
Read the instructions before you start playing.
Give it a try! Enjoy it and have fun!
Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Conjunction Game

We are learning about conjunctions and how to apply them in your pieces of writing.

Play this game and practise using them

Hope you like it!

Monday, 13 June 2011


Click on the corresponding link according to the form you are in and see what you find! Hope you like them!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Compulsory post for NEXT WEEK!!!- Reflecting!

REPORT CARDS!!Compulsory post for next week starting on Monday, June 13th
Watch the video and answer the questions, reflect conscientiously about it!
Your comment must be SERIOUS and LONG! Answer all the questions in the video.

If you have already blogged this week and you leave a comment today, it counts as the compulsory post for next week. Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Conjunctions- Connectors- Connectives

Watch the following video. What is it about? Why do you think I am asking you to watch it? What did you understand?

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Direction Game

You need to find your friend's house. Listen to the instructions and see if you can find it.

Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Fantasy animals

Fantasy animals have always appeared in the world's stories and legends. Sometimes they were strong and killed people, sometimes they were symbols of good luck. Learn about some famous mythical creatures, and answer the questions. Play and Learn!
Read the instructions carefully!

Have a nice weekend!!!

Friday, 3 June 2011

Concert Rehearsal

Dear all,

In almost 26 days, you will be performing your last concert in primary school. Therefore, you need to learn the lyrics of the songs to be able to sing loud and clear. You need to show commitment, enjoyment, a positive attitude and an excellent disposition when you are rehearsing so that you all excel in your performances.

Mahatma Ghandi once said:

"You might be the change you wish to see in the world" I would adapt it to this situation in particular and say:

"You might be the change you wish to see in the concert"

What do you think??

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Poem shared by a peer

Hugo P from 6C brought Roald Dahl's poem collection called Dirty Beasts (1983). It includes nine poems telling of the unusual exploits of unsuspecting animals, except for Tummy Beast which is made up.

Do you remember any other books written by this author? When did you read them? Which one did you enjoy the most?

Click here and read Tummy Beast. Why do you think I chose this poem?

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

More Reading Comprehension Strategies

For Thursday and Friday depending which form you are in, you have to read "What the Cat told Me" by Diana Wyne Jones. It's long and not so easy. Do you remember some strategies I posted here?

Well, I'm adding one more to help you understand the story a bit better. Hope they are useful to you and that you apply them.

Determine Importance of Ideas

What’s the big idea? So what?

Good readers look for things that help them identify big ideas and why they are important.


The big idea is…

Most important information is...

So far I’ve learned…

The author is saying…

This idea is similar to…

Monday, 30 May 2011

The Marvellous Homework

As we go on travelling across the Fantasy World, imagine that one day when you get back from school you find a BIG surprise in your room.
Click here and see what it is all about. After reading, answer the following:
Would you like to have one? Why?

Friday, 27 May 2011

Concert Songs

Dear all;

Here are the links for you to practise the songs for the concert.

You need to rehearse them at home.

Read the instructions that Mr Oscar included in each case. You need to be logged on with your school mail to be able to access the links.

Concert songs: No Bad News and Brand New Day

Concert Final Song: Way back into Love

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Ghost Hunt

As we keep on travelling through this fantasy world, I challenge you to find the ghosts in this haunted mansion. You have to click on the image as many times as necessary to discover where the ghost is hidden.
Hope you enjoy it!
Good luck

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Writing posts

Would you like to write a post in the blog? Complete the form if you are interested in writing a post in the blog. Then, it will be your post and not mine!!! What do you think?

Monday, 23 May 2011

The Power of Words

Reading different blogs from other schools in different countries, I found this video. As we very well mentioned in our writing lessons that one of the main goals in writing is to create a picture in the reader's mind, the way in which we say things and how we say them can cause a great impact on others. Please watch the video and leave a comment. What do you think?

Thank you Otorohanga Primary School for sharing

Sunday, 22 May 2011


I enjoyed the ceremony you performed to conmemorate May 25th a lot. You all did very well!!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Happy rest!!

Miss Ale

Thursday, 19 May 2011

One more challenge

One more challenge on expanding sentences and realising how the telling sentences change into showing ones.

Click on this site on expanding sentences. Go clicking until you have at least 10 lines long as text. Look for some showing phrases, how did they become showing, what else was added to the words so that they are expanded?

Leave a good comment on your observations.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Figurative Language

Similes, metaphors and personifications are some examples of figurative language which liven up your writing and create a picture in the reader's mind. This video will help you remember them so that you can start using these figures of speech in your future pieces of writing. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Some tips for writing showing paragraphs

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Did you know facts...

Here is an amazing site I found with more than 1,000 "did you know facts".

This is page 8. You can read some of them. Write down as a comment the one that strikes your attention most.
Have a nice Sunday!