Learning through play

Learning a new language should be enjoyable.
Making and playing their own board games (or their classmates'board games)  is one of the main ways in which my students learn. 

ü help with turn taking, sharing and mixing with others

ü encourage creativity and imagination 
ü are a welcome break from the usual method of education
ü Increase learning motivation
ü Promote communicative competence

ü Encourage  players to use the language

ü Create positive attitudes towards learning

Seasonal tunes

We are just a few days before Christmas and what a great idea to explore seasonal tunes from around the world through this interactive "singing map"( The audio clips come courtesy of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings).

Universal Children’s Day

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.
November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.
Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.
Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children


Another happily creating and learning day with the 1st graders!
Sometimes it’s so intriguing to let them choose what and how to paint and make their own poster(!)
Just step back and listen to the stories they create, how the elephant family met the gorilla family, had a quarrel with the naughty monkey and finally became friends with the wise (!) parrots. They promised to finish the story next week. I can’t wait !

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is celebrated all over the UK.

Every year on 5th November, the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes is remembered.

Throughout England, towns and villages light huge bonfires,
let off magnificent fireworks,burn an effigy (a homemade model of a man, like a scarecrow) and celebrate the fact the Parliament and James I were not blown sky high by Guy Fawkes.

Traditional Bonfire Night Food
As well as burning effigy of Guy Fawkes, the bonfires are used to cook potatoes wrapped in foil and to heat up soup for the crowds that come to watch the fireworks.

The traditional cake eaten on bonfire night is Parkin Cake, a sticky cake containing a mix of oatmeal, ginger, treacle and syrup.

Other foods include sausages cooked over the flames and marshmallows toasted in the fire.

Firework Displays
In main town and cities, torch-lit processions are also popular on this night too. The procession leads to where the bonfire and firework displays are.

A lapbook about our culture

We just finished our lapbook about our culture .we have been working for an Etwinning project since last school year. We are very proud of developing such projects and our being part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.