lunes, 30 de mayo de 2016

1º British: A trip to Atapuerca

Are you ready for travelling? I know that the answer is a big "YES!" but also remember that it would be an educative trip so there will be some classwork to do...Ups!

Download and print this document and bring it with you to Atapuerca next Tuesday. Remember to take a notebook and a pen, too. We will take your answers at the end of the journey. 

Meanwhile, you can have a look to the websites of Atapuerca and MEH (Museo de la Evolución Humana). 


jueves, 26 de mayo de 2016

1º British: Etna wakes up again

This is not the first time in this blog we have to talk about Etna, the most active volcano in Europe. Located in Sicily (Italy), it woke up again last Saturday. Here you can watch a small video of Etna this week.

Today in class we learnt about monitoring volcanic areas; we used the example of Tongariro, a New Zealand's volcano, but with Etna the scientifics use similar methods. The following pictures are from these days Etna's activity: a seismograph record...

... and the VAAC (Volcanic Ash Advices) from the French Meteo Service (providing information for possible flights cancellations in the whole European continent due to volcanoes).

Fascinating, isn't it? During our next class, we will learn what to do in case of a volcanic eruption!

martes, 24 de mayo de 2016

1º British: New dioramas!

Here you have the photos of your model-making experience. Congratulations for your imagination and effort. Enjoy!

As you can see, this year we have a quite diverse collection, from Prehistoric times, with this cave-painters...

... the Castro of Ulaca or with several megaliths monuments, such as the famous Cromlech of Stonehedge...

We also have a good example of a Mesopotamian Zigurat:

Of course, we have a small but interesting Egyptian section:

From Ancient Greece we have one Atheneian trirreme...

... and the Troian Horse! Look inside! 

The Roman Empire is, as usual, the bigger section. Today we have several examples of Roman cities (Pompeii is a classic):

An important building is the Senate (It looks better with some performers inside, isn't it?). From that point, we can cross the bridge to attemp a chariot race in the circus...

 ... have a good time in the thermal baths...

... or enjoy some of the monuments:

One of the borders of the Roman Empire was the Hadrian's Wall. It divided the Roman Britannia from the wild North: 

Another important moment in the British History was the Norman conquest. Here you have a good example of a Norman castle and motte.

Which one do you like the most? :-)

miércoles, 18 de mayo de 2016

3º British: A climate’s infographic

Your new task is about creating an infogrpahic but, first of all, what is an infographic?

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends.

There are a wide variety of tools available that allow you to create your own infographic. These free infographic creator tools will allow you to generate an infographic very quickly, without the need for a professional designer, and often in very high quality formats:

  • CANVA - Allows you to create graphics of any size, and has a built in free “infographics” art section designed specifically for this use.
  • PIKTOCHART - Has over 100 free themes available and more than 1000 images.
  • INFOGR.AM - Has 30 free themes and allows interactive, embeddable infographics to be created on the fly.
  • If you prefer something more familiar to you, you can download this archive with freepower point templates.
However, having the tools to make your own infographic is only one piece of the puzzle. To make an infographic yourself, you will also need to determine what your topic will be, what data you want to present, how you will make that data interesting, and what you want your viewers to ultimately learn from the graphic when they finish viewing it.

Infographics are about more than looking good and attracting lots of views and links. If your infographic does not present data in an engaging way – or your data is not worth learning – you may find that your campaign is unsuccessful. So before you start designing, do some research.

In your case, each team will create an infographic about one climate. You should offer a good visual explanation about its location in the world, characteristics (temperatures, preciptation... A good idea would be include a climogranm) and the landscapes linked to it.

Besides being visually attractive, your infographic should be informative and complete from an educational point of view.

When finish, sent the work as an attached file to You can be also asked to give an oral explanation at class.

As usual, this work is mandatory and will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish it, do it out of date (10 June), or just copy, the mark will be a 0 for this work.

Good luck!

lunes, 16 de mayo de 2016

4º British: The Battle of Britain

"There will come the battle for our land – for all that Britain is, and all the Britain means. That will be the struggle. In that supreme emergency we shall not hesitate to take every step, even the most drastic, to call forth from our people the last ounce and the last inch of effort of which they are capable.".
Winston Churchill.
First broadcast on BBC as Prime Minister. London, May 19, 1940

What was the secret to winning the Battle of Britain?. Now you can learn many things about that in this BBC education guide. You will find it very useful. 

Enjoy the reading!

miércoles, 11 de mayo de 2016

4º British: The impact of the II World War on Maori

By the time the Second World War ended in 1945 the 28th (Maori) Battalion had become one of the most celebrated and decorated units in the New Zealand forces. The pinnacle of its achievement was the Victoria Cross won by Te Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu in 1943. 

“We will lose some of the most promising of our young leaders [...] but we will gain the respect of our Pakeha (Europeans) brothers and the future of our race as a component and respected part of the New Zealand people will be less precarious”.
Sir Apirana Ngata, Maori leader, 1940.

Now you can learn many more things about the performance of both communities (Maori and European descendants) by visiting the complete NZHistory website. Enjoy!

Photo: A Maori platton performing their famous “haka” during the militar campaing in Egypt, 1941

sábado, 7 de mayo de 2016

4º British: An interview with Rainer Höss

Who is Rainer Höss? He is one the grandchildren of Rudolf Höss, Commander in charge of the Nazi Concentration Camp in Auschwitz from 1940 to 1943. 

After discovering the secret of his family, Rainer has become an activist for Human Rights. In the following link to "Historias de la Historia", you can read a very interesting interview to him (in Spanish).

miércoles, 4 de mayo de 2016

3º British: Topographic map (key legend)

Here you have the KEY LEGEND for doing the Fort William topographic map. I know that it can not be well read but there is nothing of better quality. Do it the best you can.