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domingo, 23 de noviembre de 2014

STIR - UP SUNDAY

The last Sunday of the Christian Church Year. A traditional day to make the Christmas pudding.

CHRISTMAS  PUDDING DAY
recipe here

Stir-up Sunday is the traditional day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst making a wish. 
Before Christmas pudding were sold ready-made in foil containers, there were always made at home. They were made a month before Christmas day so the flavours had plenty of time to develop befoere Christmas.



jueves, 20 de noviembre de 2014

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY 20th NOVEMBER


International Children’s day




The Children’s day (or Children’s rights day) is celebrated every 20th of November ; This day marks the anniversary of the
International convention for Children’s rights of November 20th 1989.

 November 20th : Children’s rights Day


History of Children’s Day

In 1954, the UN recommended that « every country should introduce a Children’s Day which will be devoted to fraternity and to comprehension among children of the world, and which will stand out by activities encouraging Children’s well-being throughout the world. » (1)
If the UN « suggests to governments of each states to observe children’s Day on the day and in the way that best suit them », events of 1959 and 1989 designate inevitably the 20th November.
In fact, on November 20th 1959, the UN adopted the Children’s rights declaration, and on November 20th 1989, almost all of the states taking part in the UN ratified the International Convention for Children’s rights.To this day, only the United-States and Somalia have not ratified this convention

viernes, 7 de noviembre de 2014

4º ESO. PRESENT PERFECT VS SIMPLE PAST

Three graded exercises to practise the difference between these two tenses -
 a) multiple choice;
 b) completing sentences;
c) verb search + table filling.
Some basic usage rules are supplied for students to check the difference in use. Hope you enjoy it.






4º ESO. PRESENT PERFECT - SIMPLE PAST: NEGATIVE FORMS

Click the correct form: you can choose Present Perfect Simple (hasn´t / haven´t ... ) or Simple Past (didn´t ...).


Click here to start:
NEGATIVE FORMS
 

PRESENT PERFECT VS SIMPLE PAST

Try these 3 exercises of Present Perfect and Simple Past.

Click on the link to start:

EXERCISES


PRESENT PERFECT - SONG EXERCISE

A nice song to revise the Present Perfect. It´s short but the song is beautiful!

Enjoy in the following link:


SONG EXERCISE

PRESENT PERFECT: JUST,YET, STILL, ALREADY

Exercise to practise present perfect with adverbs: just,yet, still, already.
Listen to the song and do the exercises.


4º ESO. PRESENT PERFECT

Complete the sentences with the verb in the Present Perfect.

PRESENT PERFECT

4º ESO. PRESENT PERFECT MULTIPLE CHOICE

Some gap filling and multiple choice exercises to help you with the differences between present perfect and simple past. Hope it´s useful.




PRESENT CONTINUOUS - PART 1

Exercise 1: Read the grammar and do the exercises

Exercise 2: Several exercises to practise.

Exercise 3: Traduce estas frases.

Now watch the video 





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PRESENT PERFECT: YET, ALREADY, JUST, STILL

Practice the Present Perfect and the adverbs with the following exercises:

EXERCISE 1

EXERCISE 2

PRESENT CONTINUOUS PART 2


Link on the following pictures to practise the Present Continuous:










Link on the EVALUATION
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miércoles, 5 de noviembre de 2014

GUY FAWKES GAME



BONFIRE NIGHT VIDEO

BONFIRE NIGHT

GUY FAWKES DAY - 5th NOVEMBER

Guy Fawkes


REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE 5th OF NOVEMBER

Though these days it goes on for weeks before and after the 5th of November.

The day arrives and the fireworks are already exploding.

The following chant recalls the reason for the activity, though burning images of the Pope or more recently politicians and other anti-heros also takes place.



"Remember, remember the fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England's overthrow.

By God's mercy he was catched
With a dark lantern and lighted match.
Holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the King."


lunes, 3 de noviembre de 2014

PRESENT CONTINUOUS AND VOCABULARY


The House





The Present Continuous / Progressive

The use of the present continuous tense

present continuous
  • We use the present continuous (am/is/are + -ing)  to talk about actions happening at the time of speaking.


driving

Present Continuous Exercises1,2, 345  6 7 8 9 10,11,12 13 14 15 16 17 


Sophie is working in Cairo this week. Oliver, Alfie and Daisy are working hard for their end-of-year exams.



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sábado, 1 de noviembre de 2014

ALL SAINTS' DAY IN SPAIN

When is All Saints' Day in Spain?

All Saints' Day is celebrated in Spain on the same day as in the rest of the world - on November 1.

How do the Spanish Celebrate All Saints' Day?

The most obvious sign that it is All Saints' Day is that you'll notice the graveyards to be unusually full of flowers. The Spanish remember their dearly departed on All Saints' Day and bring flowers to the graves of their loved ones on this day.

If you can get to see a performance of Don Juan Tenorio on All Saints' Day, seize the opportunity. The play is the most famous (and the most romantic) story about the mythical Don Juan and is performed each year on All Saints' Day.

There are a few traditional sweets that the Spanish eat on All Saints' Day. The most common is Huesos de Santo (literally 'saint's bones'), which is made of marzipan and 'dulce de yema'. Another is 'buñuelos de viento'.

ALL SAINTS' DAY - RECIPES FROM SPAIN


Buñuelos de Viento (Wind Puffs)No one knows exactly when these sweetened dough fritters, which are usually filled with cream, chocolate, pudding and anything else, began to be elaborated. But given that the Royal chef of Spanish king Felipe II made some references to this pastry in some of his recipes towards the beginning of the XVII century, has raised them to be one of the traditional culinary desserts to celebrate Dia de Todos los Santos, as tradition states that when you eat a buñuelo, a soul is released from purgatory.


Huesos de Santo (Saints' Bones)These oddly named sweets, which are made of marzipan dough rolled into thick thumb-size tubes, do not actually resemble a bone in shape, so do not fret over its unappealing name. Its name derives from the final coloring it acquires after its baked in a syrup covering: a bone-like beige hue. Huesos de Santo were also traditionally filled with a sweet egg yolk concoction, but nowadays are elaborated with all types of filling (from chocolate to coconut shavings to marmalade, banana, etc) to being sold in an assortment of colors that hint away at its flavor.

viernes, 24 de octubre de 2014

HALLOWEEN IS COMING...

October 31 is Halloween. On Halloween, children wear fancy dress costumes and they knock on doors and say “Trick or treat.” People open the doors and give the children lots of sweets.
Orange and black are the Halloween colours. Orange is the colour of pumpkins and black is the colour of darkness. 
Halloween is a fun holiday!!! You can enjoy playing games about Halloween. Link on the picture and have fun!!!


Let's learn new vocabulary related to Halloween before singing:








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martes, 21 de octubre de 2014

SINGULAR AND PLURAL NOUNS


In general the plural of a noun is formed by adding -S to the noun.
SingularPlural
carcars
househouses
bookbooks
birdbirds
pencilpencils

However:
1. When the noun ends in SS, SH, CH or X, we add -ES to the noun.
SingularPlural
kisskisses
wishwishes
matchmatches
boxboxes
foxfoxes
  • I have a box in my bedroom.
  • I have three boxes in my bedroom.

2. When the noun ends in a VOWEL + Y, we add -S to the noun.
SingularPlural
boyboys
holidayholidays
keykeys
guyguys

3. When the noun ends in a CONSONANT + Y, we remove Y and add -IES to the noun.
SingularPlural
partyparties
ladyladies
storystories
nannynannies
citycities

4. If the noun ends in F or FE, we remove the F/FE and add -VES to the noun.
SingularPlural
lifelives
leafleaves
thiefthieves
wifewives

5. If the noun ends in IS, we change it to ES.
SingularPlural
analysisanalyses
basisbases
crisiscrises

6. There are a number of nouns that don't follow these rules. They are irregular and you need to learn them individually because they don't normally have an S on the end.
SingularPlural
manmen
womanwomen
childchildren
footfeet
toothteeth
goosegeese
mousemice
  • There is a child in the park.
  • There are many children in the park.

7. There are some nouns in English that are the same in the singular and the plural.
SingularPlural
fishfish
sheepsheep
deerdeer
moosemoose
aircraftaircraft
  • I can see a sheep in the field.
  • I can see ten sheep in the field.
Sometimes you will hear the word fishes (especially in songs) though it is grammatically incorrect.

EXERCISES TO PRACTISE:

miércoles, 15 de octubre de 2014

PRESENT SIMPLE_GRAMMAR AND EXERCISES

We use the present simple to talk about repeated actions or events, permanent states or things which are always true. -



http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/grammar-videos/present-simple


PRESENT SIMPLE: AFFIRMATIVE, NEGATIVE AND QUESTIONS

lunes, 13 de octubre de 2014

GREENWICH TIME


On 13 October 1884 Greenwich, in London was established as the Universal Time meridian of longitude - from which all World time zones are based. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is where East meets West at the Greenwich Meridian Line (0° longitude).

What is longitude? 
Longitude is the location of a place east or west of a north-south line called theprime meridianThe Prime Meridian divides the Earth into the eastern and western hemisphere.

Why was Greenwich chosen?
There are an infinite number of possible meridians, each stretching from the North to the South Pole, and any one of these could have been chosen. However, the Greenwich Meridian was pre-eminent because it had already been adopted by both the UK and USA and was therefore being used by 72% of the world's shipping.



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