Archive for November, 2012

Our country is Spain

Spain is in the south-west of Europe. In Spain there are 50 provinces plus two cities called Ceuta and Melilla which are situated in the north of Africa. The Canary islands are in the Atlantic ocean and the Balearic islands are in the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of Spain is Madrid. In the Iberian peninsula, apart from Spain, there is also Portugal, which is separated from France by the Pyrenees. Spain has a big population, about 47 millions of people. Here you can see Spain and all the regions:

As far as traditions are concerned, Spain has a big variety, because each province has their own traditions. For example,  in Catalonia people celebrate “caga tió” at Christmas time. Have a look at this photo!! This is a “tió”:

The tradition of “caga tió” consists in getting presents by hitting the caga tió with a wood stick, we celebrate it at Christmas. In Seville people dance “flamenco” and “sevillanas”. In Galicia people dance “muñeiras” and in the Basque country people have their own ball game called “pelota vasca”.

As for traditions, each province has their own typical food: in Valencia the typical food is “Paella”, in Galicia is ” Pulpo a la gallega” and “empanada”, in Madrid is the “Cocido Madrileño”.

Paella

Our country has a really well-konwn football selection. In Barcelona our football team is F.C. Barcelona, which is always referred to as Barça. Its main rival is Real Madrid.

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Our region is Catalonia

Catalonia is a Spanish autonomous community and it’s situated in the north-east of the Iberian peninsula. It occupies an area of about 32,000 km and limits in the north with France and in the east with the Mediterranean sea.

Catalonia is divided into 4 provinces: Barcelona, Tarragona, LLeida and Girona and its population is  7.475.420 inhabitants.

Catalonia has been a territory of industrial tradition since the XIXth century. Nowadays industry, tourism and service are the main economic sectors in Catalonia.

In Catalonia we speak two different languages: Catalan and Spanish. Catalan is also spoken in Valencia (another Autonomous Community), in the Balearic islands, a department in the south of France (Roussillion) and even in other countries like Andorra, or in the Italian town of Alguer/Alghero in Sardinia. Catalan is spoken with a different accent in each place.

The gastronomy of Catalonia has a great culinary tradicion. Its culinary processes are documented since the XVth century. It offers a variety of products from both the sea and the mountains.

One of the best known manifestations of Catalan popular culture are the castellers: the rise of human castles by Colles castellers (group) that compete with each other. This practice is typical from Tarragona, the Sardana is the Catalan popular dance, but also the traditional stick dance, the moixiganga and jota of the Ebro. In Catalan festivals we can see other elements of the Catalan popular culture: the parades of giants, carnival figures with oversized head and the correfocs with devils and firecrackers.

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Castellers

La Sardana, a traditional Catalan dance

Gegants i capgrossos

And this is the Catalan flag also called “La Senyera”:

La Senyera

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Our town and our school

Our school is exactly located in a small city next to Barcelona called Sant Adrià del Besòs. This city is known by its river called “Besòs” and its three chimneys.

Besòs river

The three chimneys

Near our school there are the sports facilities of R.C.D. Espanyol (Real Club Deportivo Espanyol). This is a football club where girls and boys from different ages train and play matches.

Here you can see two pictures of our school:

And now you can see our school from the back, that is to say from the playground:

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PREPARING THE COMENIUS CORNER

We started preparing our Comenius Corner which is placed on the first floor (Secondary education floor) near 3rdA and 3rdB classrooms. There is a map of Europe showing the seven countries that take part in the project, together with their flags and a card showing the most important information from each country (official name, spoken laguage/s, currency, traditional dishes, etc). It also shows where are the seven partner schools located, as well as the name of each school in its original language. The Comenius Corner will be updated during the next two years with some pictures from each Comenius Meeting, extra-information from each country…

Here you have some pictures. Have a look!

Rafa and Ivan drawing the map of Europe

Working in the music classroom

Drawing the map

Where will we place the Comenius Corner?

Rafa and Ivan still working on the map

Victor, Sílvia and Arturo drawing the title letters...

Adrià and David finishing off the map

The map is ready at last!

Here you have it in our Comenius Corner!

And now, the flags!

And now the title: "Our Voices across Europe"

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Educational system in Spain

You start school when you are three years old in Spain. The first year is P-3. Until the age of five, children continue with P-4 and P-5. When P-5 finishes, children begin the Primary School and receive a certificate after the Infant Education. The Primary Education lasts for six years: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade. When you finish 6th of Primary School, you are 11 years old and you receive another certificate when finishing.

Children have to study for four years more. These four years are called ESO when they are 12 years old, and they continue with 2ndESO, 3rd ESO and 4th ESO grades until they are 16 years old. If you don’t finish  the ESO when you are 16, you can leave school or you can do a special cycle, called “PQPI”. Here you can get a certificate of ESO, with which you can work or continue studying. If you decide to study, you can do “Batxillerat” until you are 18 years old. You can also study a cycle called “Grado Medio” (for two years). If you want to continue studying, you have to pass an exam called “Prueba de Acceso”, and then you can study “Ciclo Superior” (two years more). You finish “Ciclo Superior” when you are 20 years old.

When you finish “Batxillerat” (two years), you have to do an exam called “PAU”, in order to continue studying in University.

This is a summary of our educational system:

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How is our school organised?

Our school has got four floors:

In the ground floor there is the secretary, the dining room, the reception, the Primary classrooms, some toilets and a staffroom.

This is the corridor where the primary classrooms are:

In the first floor there are ESO (Compulsory Secondary Education) classrooms, some more toilets, the library, the music classroom, a departments classroom, a laboratory and there is another staffroom.

In the second floor there is another computers classroom, the Infant classrooms and middle cycles (special courses for those who have obtained the Graduate) classroom.

This is one of the classrooms for kids aged 4 or 5:

In the third floor, there are Batxillerat (a courses which lasts two years before university) classrooms, superior cycles (special courses for those who pass the middle cycles or Batxillerat) classrooms and PQPI (is a special courses for who have not obtained the Graduate) classrooms. When we say “Graduat” we refer to the certificate we obtain at the end of Compulsory Secondary Education (similar to GCSE).

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What can you study in our school?

In Spain we must study until we are sixteen years old.

From three to five years old we study Infant Education.At the beginning of this period, we are still very little and we only colour, cut, stick… And after this period, we start to read and write.

From five to twelve years old, we study Primary. During this period we learn sums, multiplication, division…

Look at this photo. He is Bruno, our music teacher, who is also teaching at Primary.

From twelve to sixteen we study ESO (Compulsory.Secondary.Education). During this period we write compositions, we do projects, we do oral presentations… When we finish the Primary and ESO, we get a certificate.

When ESO finishes, we can continue studying batxillerat, professional training or start working.

- Batxillerat: Spanish two year course to prepare students to get into university. To get into university you should do the selectivity (university entrance exam). In our school you can study the humanities and social sciences or the sciences and technology batxillerat.

- Professional training: Special course that you study to start working. Different types of professional training that you can study in our school:

- Personal care.

- Infant education.

- Hygienist studies.

- Football technical.

- Trade and Administration.

Here you can see all the possible studies we can follow in our school:

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Teaching staff

In Infant Education there are three courses: P3, P4 and P5, letter “P´´ means “infant education´´ for us and the number is related to the age. Children start the school with two or three years old and they do simple activities. There are different teachers for each course such as Angie who does music in infant education. Loles is the head of studies.

Primary school is the second step, it is from 1st to 6th. Here the head of studies is Anna, each class has a head teacher who teaches many of the subjects. The English teacher is called Adriana and teaches all the courses of Primary. Bruno is the music teacher in Primary and ESO and Toni does gym in 5th and 6th and he also does maths and biology.

Look at these two photos. They are Esther and Carol teaching primary pupils:

ESO is the last step in compulsory education. There are lots of teachers and the head of studies is Esther. Here the English teachers are Anna Corredera, Blanca and Èlia.

Lots of teachers who teach class in ESO also teach class in “Batxillerat´´. However, many teachers of PQPI and Middle Cycles and Superior Cycles are not the same.

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Our teachers (E.S.O. teachers)

These are the teachers of Túrbula who teach at secondary level:

-Merche is the teacher of Natural Science and Maths. She is first cycle.

-Blanca is the teacher of English and Catalan. She is first cycle.

-Antònia is the teacher of Catalan, Geography and History and Ethics. She is first and second cycle.

-Miriam is the teacher of Geography and History. She is first cycle.

-Marian is the teacher of I.T., Maths, Natural Science and Technology. She teaches first cycle.

-Mari Pau is the teacher of Natural Science and Laboratory and Maths. She teaches first and second cycle.

-Èlia is the teacher of English. She teaches first and second cycle.

-Miquel is the teacher of Laboratory, Maths, Technology and Physics. He teaches first and second cycle.

-Jose Luis is the teacher of Technology, Maths and I.T. He teaches first and second cycle.

-Anna Corredera is the teacher of English and German. She teaches second cycle.

-Anna Pujol is the teacher of Spanish and Ethic. She teaches first and second cycle.

-Esther is the teacher of History and Classical Studie, and Religion from first and second cycle.

-Bruno is the teacher of Music from Primary 1 to Secondary 4.

-Emili is the teacher of P.E. from first and second cycle.

-Pere is the teacher of Catalan and Reading Workshop from second cycle.

-Oscar is the teachers of Spanish and Latin from second cycle, Batxillerat ( a two-year course before getting into university ) and Cycles Professional Training.

-Rosa and Pepi are teachers of support from first and second cycle.

This is Pepi’s classroom:

When we say first cycle we want to say first and second courses and second cycle we want to say third and fourth courses.

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Non-teaching staff

The porter’s lodge:

When you get into the school there is a porter’s lodge where there are two caretakers whose names are Miquel and Jordi. Miquel watches the entrance of school to avoid people from out school getting into the school. And Jordi is in charge of keeping the school tidy.

The cleaning ladies:

In this school there are cleaning ladies who are in charge of cleaning all the school. They work cleaning some things like the toilets, the classrooms and the corridors.

Secretary:

In this school when you get into the school there is a secretary where you can see two women working. In secretary you go when you have a problem and they help you with this problem.

In this photo you can see our secretary, Maria José.

The I.T Department:

They help us create this blog in order to communicate with you.

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