Life in Modern Britain

SCLogoWe have been doing a lot of work mapping Life in Modern Britain across the curriculum and ensuring that the school is promoting values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. As a Stonewall Champion School a lot of work has been going into combatting homophobia and ensuring that this too is embedded in the curriculum. An example of this work is attached in a resource teaching about family and possessive adjectives. The exercise on possessive adjectives presents families in various forms. As we develop more resources at school I will share them.


La tecnología – opiniones

3_riesgos_chico_ordenadorThe attached resources aim to develop students’ ability to consider the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of technology. I will be using this with a Year 10 GCSE group shortly. Some of the material in this post is developed from resources I found online. Slide 5 has a reading task which I have adapted heavily from a worksheet that was posted on the TES resources website – I think! THANKS to whoever it was that produced the resource. This also applies to slides 8-28 which I have taken from a PowerPoint posted online. Again I have adapted the language.

For those of us in England parts of this resource support the promotion of British values (Life in Modern Britain) which has become something of a focus for Ofsted. The PowerPoint draws attention to the minimum age to be on Facebook (13 in the UK) as well as other aspects of e-safety.

POWERPOINTTecnología OPINIONES   RESOURCESCRUCIGRAMA positivo o negativo + READING READING beneficios riesgos de la tecnología READING tecnología DE ACUERDO O NO DE ACUERDO Thinking Skills CARD ACTIVITY higher version

Una dieta sana

1313577155BodegondivertidoThe attached resources are aimed at getting students to give higher level responses to a question asking about their diet. I want them to use an authentic text in order to pick out which vitamins, etc. are in food and how these are beneficial to your health. The PowerPoint includes an advert from Panama which is very difficult but you can pick out certain key words for the students. It’s partly an excuse to remind my group that Spanish is a world language. Overall my idea was to challenge the group to produce responses which are varied and containing an interesting range of language. I used this last week and it seemed to work!

POWERPOINT:La salud DIETA SANA NEW    WORKSHEETS: Connectives REFERENCE SHEET DEBERES Debo no debo SCAN authentic text VITAMINS etc Una dieta saludable WORKSHEET Higher version Vida sana o vida malsana


Mi barrio

PamplonaThe attached resources are ones I have made to finish off the topic of “Mi barrio”. We are to focus now on how we could improve our part of London. Before doing this we look at how to say what is good and bad about where we live and I use Pamplona, Navarre, in order to talk a bit about this city and also to bore my group with the fact that I used to live there. Hopefully the resources are self-explanatory + hopefully of use to some other people.

Please let me know if you use any of these resources. It’s always nice to know!

POWERPOINT: Cómo mejorar mi barrio   WORKSHEETS: Mi barrio EXTENSION READING what is needed Reading ENTREVISTA plenary style Un barrio con problemas READINGmegusta_color

Se acerca la Navidad

Pinguinos 1I know that I have posted this before but with Christmas fast approaching I have dug out this resource to update it a bit. It is the Christmas video of the Madagascar Penguins with linked resources. The PowerPoint is used to summarise the story after the students have seen the film. Even though some of the words are tricky for younger students they can hopefully work out the overall meaning given the context. This is followed by a gap fill exercise to test comprehension of some key words.

You can find the film on YouTube (see below), although there are no subtitles and the quality is not great or you can buy the DVD from – a much better option!

Pinguinos de Navidad

POWERPOINTLos Pingüinos de Madagascar NAVIDAD WORKSHEET: los pinguinos WITH GAPS los pinguinos

¡Viva San Fermín! Gora San Fermin!

programa_oficial_sanfermin_2013_7julio_gWell, it is San Fermín time again + attached are some resources for teaching about this festival. I have posted some of this before although I have updated the presentation and corrected some errors I noticed. Hopefully it is much improved! This fits into the topic of holidays + what you do on a trip. The outcome is to design a poster describing an imaginary visit to the festival.

PRESENTATION: PPT 1 PPT2 PPT 3 (files too large for this blog + for slideshare. I have had to split the PowerPoint into 3) WORKSHEETS: La fiesta de San Fermín CROSSWORD La fiesta de San Fermín READING explanation of different aspects of the festival La fiesta de San Fermín READING grid READING La fiesta de San Fermín goes with the writing frame San Fermín reading San Fermín VOCAB SHEET to support writing Writing frame LA FIESTA DE SAN FERMIN


Vocabulario – GCSE

España EspañaI have said in an earlier post that I like to give students vocabulary booklets on each topic we study. This is so they can prepare for vocabulary tests, use them as reference and as we are fast approaching the exams (only 12 lessons left with my Year 11!!!!!) they will need them for revision. I am posting all of the GCSE vocabulary booklets here including the one I have just completed on the topic of work and education. There will inevitably be typos! Sorry! Also, for those who may need to know, this is all based on the AQA syllabus + their word lists for Higher Level.


El Norte y El Sur: Dos mundos de España

LOS ANTIGUOS REPORTES DEL CLIMA EN TVIn the resources attached my overall aim to to get students to predict what may be in a text and to then confirm or deny their guesses. Basically I find that they often make random guesses based on one word they see in a text and do not push themselves to understand at a deeper level. So, I in the PowerPoint revise the weather (we covered this earlier in the year) and then move towards making logical predictions about texts and then reading / listening for greater detail to confirm what they are thinking. I’ve covered a few areas from the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (just to point out that a festival held in the summer when you would expect hot, sunny weather in Spain does not always get it) to Mexico where issues like hurricanes are a reality. It all finishes with a listening exercise where they initially guess whether the phrase would apply to the north or the south of Spain and then listen to confirm their ideas + to identify the detail. Some can be predicted but others cannot.

POWERPOINT:   (too big a file to put on this blog, sorry! + updated 18/3/13) LISTENING En el norte en el sur  El tiempo en español CATEGORIES

La influencia árabe sobre la lengua española

IMG_4147The title of the post may well be misleading as the main thrust of the resources here is to teach about festivals. As most of the students I teach are muslim, I have included references to the influence of the Moors on Spain and the development of its language. In building up the language needed to talk about a festival celebtrated at home e.g. Eid I have also pointed out other festivals such as the Day of the Dead, Nochevieja and others. In an earlier post I have developed Spanish festivals at a higher level. As regards the title of the post, in building up to presenting the language needed to talk about Eid and other  festivals I have pointed out some of the words in Spanish that come from Arabic.

VIDEOS: As usual you may need to download the videos from below or embed them within the PowerPoint. I have added subtitles to most of the Day of the Dead video to aid comprehension + the call to prayer video which I recorded on my phone in Córdoba is just for cultural background as is the Nochevieja countdown with the disappearing grapes!

POWERPOINT: una fiesta en casa WORKSHEETLas Fiestas wordsearch Las fiestas  Cuál es la fiesta más popular en España

Yo quiero ser torero

There’s an old song by a Basque band, Korroskada, called “Torero” which I have used for years in lessons, mostly for my own amusement. Nevertheless, it has become a part of the lesson I am sharing here. It is all about jobs. I like to try and  add an element of culture into my lessons and the bullfighter features a few times in the resources in this post. Being vegetarian and a big animal rights advocator, I’m against bullfighting, but it exists, so I’m sharing this reality with my classes. Firstly, in the PowerPoint I present various professions. I have tried to use pictures which reflect the Spanish-speaking world as much as possible rather than clipart. This presentation of vocabulary inevitably leads to a few worksheets to consolidate what has been presented. I then go on to a reading comprehension based on what are the best jobs in the world. This is developed from an El País text. Before reading the text I ask the students to list what they think could be on the list. The aim is just to see how many jobs they can remember from the presentation. I then link this to my own profession in order to present some language which will be needed in the next section based on an advert from Chile which presents being a mother as the best job in the world. There are a few exercises based on this and then work based on an interview with Rashel Díaz, a presenter on Telemundo in the US. All of this is for a top set preparing for the GCSE and my focus is on higher level listening and reading skills. Next we get to the bullfighter. The slide with the picture of the bullfighter + the office worker is the basis for a reading activity. The statements are copied on to cardand the students have to decide whether they match the bullfighter or the office worker. Some of the statements are culturally based but they should be able to work them out. Next I want to the students to reflect on what makes someone good for a job. What qualities are needed? After a few slides in which the students decide whether each person is the best for the given job, they come to a thinking skills activity. The grid is copied on to card and the students read through each statement. The aim is to decide what sort of job Antonio should go into. There is no one correct answer although journalism would be ideal for him. The aim is for the students to provide a good argument in English. Hope this is all of some use!

POWERPOINT: RESOURCES: Jobs and places HIGHER   READING los mejores y peores trabajos del año   Tu sueño WORKSHEET    Tu sueño WORKSHEET transcript in full   THINKING SKILLS torero oficinista   MYSTERY THINKING SKILLS ACTIVITY will Antonio become an actor HIGHER