Wednesday, 21 September 2016


  HAPPY HALLOWEEN 

For the big ones ( children and parents...;) 

History of Halloween


Halloween falls on October 31st each year in North America and other parts of the world. What do you know about Halloween? Do you celebrate it in your country? Here is a little history about it.


Vocabulary
to evolve (v)- to change little by little



spirit (n)- ghost, some people believe the spirit and body separate when a person dies
holy (adj)- sacred, very good, related to religion. Hallow comes from the word holy.
saint (n)- an honored, holy person
evil (adj)- very, very bad
lantern (n)- lamp or enclosed light that can be carried around
turnip (n)- a purple and white vegetable that grows in the ground
      Like many other holidays, Halloween has evolved and changed throughout history. Over 2,000 years ago people called the Celts lived in what is now Ireland, the UK, and parts of Northern France. November 1 was their New Year's Day. They believed that the night before the New Year (October 31) was a time when the living and the dead came together.

       More than a thousand years ago the Christian church named November 1 All Saints Day (also called All Hallows.) This was a special holy day to honor the saints and other people who died for their religion. The night before All Hallows was called Hallows Eve. Later the name was changed to Halloween.

Like the Celts, the Europeans of that time also believed that the spirits of the dead would visit the earth on Halloween. 

     They worried that evil spirits would cause problems or hurt them. So on that night people wore costumes that looked like ghosts or other evil creatures. They thought if they dressed like that, the spirits would think they were also dead and not harm them.


    The tradition of Halloween was carried to America by the immigrating Europeans. Some of the traditions changed a little, though. 

     For example:
    - On Halloween in Europe some people would carry lanterns made from turnips.
     - In America, pumpkins were more common. So people began putting candles inside them and using them as lanterns. That is why you see Jack 'o lanterns today. 
     
      These days Halloween is not usually considered a religious holiday. It is primarily a fun day for children. Children dress up in costumes like people did a thousand years ago. But instead of worrying about evil spirits, they go from house to house. They knock on doors and say "trick or treat." The owner of each house gives candy or something special to each trick or treater.



Happy Halloween!


Check Your Understanding

True or False. Check your answers below.1. The Celts thought the spirits of dead people returned to the earth on October 31st.
 True
 False

2. The Celts created All Hallows.
 True
 False

3. All Hallows is on October 31st.
 True
 False

4. The word Halloween comes from the word Hallows eve.
 True
 False

5. A thousand years ago Europeans wore costumes to get candy.
 True
 False

6. Americans still carve turnips to use as lanterns.
 True
 False

7. Today Halloween is especially for children.
 True
 False

8. Children get candy by saying "trick or treat."
 True
 False



For the medium ones


 THIS IS HALLOWEEN




Want to play some scary games??


For the little ones


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This year the main topic of the school is: "Around the world in 80 days".
In English we want to be an active part, that's why we are going to do different activities related to this topic. We will use the blog to inform you about everything. 
The project we're going to start in October is addressed to 3rd Grade



NEW PROJECT: POST-CROSSING     3rd Grade
 
        The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world
       The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.  

The countries we have been asked to send the postcard to is: 

3rd GRADE A: BELRUS
3rd GRADE B: CHINA

You can find more information at:  https://www.postcrossing.com/about

WELCOME AGAIN!!!

We've come back with new ideas to share with you!
And of course, here you'll find interesting activities to practise English in a funny way.

As you can see on the right side of the page there are the different levels.  
Choose yours and have fun!
This year we have a new one, Arts and Crafts.
 "Arts and Crafts" (plástica) is taught in English to children from 5 to 10 years old. ( 5 years old, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th level)
Soon we're going to develop a European project " etwinning" with different European schools called "Be an Artist", we will keep you informed :)



       Aquest any ens permetreu utilitzar el blog també com a un mitjà de comunicació amb vosaltres, pares i mares, per reflexionar sobre com s'aprén la llengua, estratègies per millorar-ne l'ús... Què considerem que és fonamental. Ja que, tot i que a l'escola portem a terme metodologies actives per potenciar l'ús i el domini de la llengua anglesa, l'input de la llengua estrangera que reben els alumnes al context escolar no és suficient per a ser bilingüe en aquesta llengua.
       Tan sols hem de comparar la L1 (llengua materna) en la L2 (llengua estrangera), i pensar a quantes hores d'exposició han estat els vostres fills/es exposats a la llengua materna abans de parlar, i com continuen en el temps, ja que és un procés continu d'aprenentatge, i a quantes en llengua anglesa. Un fet que dificulta aquesta exposició és la cultura de doblatge existent al nostre país, que impedeix que els alumnes observen aquest fenomen multilingüista amb normalitat. 
        Però, tot i aquestes dificultats també comptem amb avantatges. A la nostra comunitat partim de l'avantatge de, o bé ser bilingües, o bé aprendre dues llengües oficials a l'escola, procés que facilita les transferències i l'aprenentatge d'una tercera llengua notablement, però és cert que es necessita més.

    La nostra intenció serà buscar les ferramentes, nosaltres des de l'escola i vosaltres des de casa per aconseguir que els alumnes aconseguisquen un millor domini de la llengua. 

Comencem per tant a fer els primers passos… Us adjuntem un article molt interessant sobre l'aprenentatge de llengües.
Salutacions,
Junts fem escola!

Este año nos permitiréis utilizar el blog también como un medio de comunicación con vosotros, padres y madres, para reflexionar sobre cómo se aprende la lengua, estrategias para mejorar el uso... Qué consideramos que es fundamental. Puesto que, a pesar de que en la escuela llevamos a cabo metodologías activas para potenciar el uso y el dominio de la lengua inglesa, el input de la lengua extranjera que reciben los alumnos en el contexto escolar no es suficiente para ser bilingüe en esta lengua.
Tan sólo tenemos que comparar la L1 (lengua materna) con la L2 (lengua extranjera), y pensar a cuántas horas de exposición han estado vuestros hijos/se expuestos en la lengua materna antes de hablar, y cómo continúan en el tiempo, puesto que es un proceso continuo de aprendizaje,  y a cuantas en lengua inglesa. Un hecho que dificulta esta exposición es la cultura de doblaje existente en nuestro país, que impide que los alumnos observan este fenómeno multilingüista con normalidad.
 Pero, aunque existan estas dificultades también contamos con ventajas. En nuestra comunidad partimos de la ventaja de, o bien de ser bilingües, o bien aprender dos lenguas oficiales en la escuela, proceso que facilita las transferencias y el aprendizaje de una tercera lengua notablemente, pero es cierto que se necesita más.
Nuestra intención será buscar las herramientas, nosotros desde la escuela y vosotros desde casa para conseguir que los alumnos consigan un mejor dominio de la lengua.
 Empezamos por lo tanto a dar los primeros pasos… Os adjuntamos un artículo muy interesante sobre el aprendizaje de las lenguas.
Saludos,
¡Juntos hacemos escuela!