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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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Other classrooms: the library and the music classroom

Here , we describe another two classrooms: the library and the music classroom.

In the library there are books. In this class there are some trophies of the school. Here the children can read what they want. Usually the little children go there, we don’t usually go. However , we go to find information if we need. Also there are tables and chairs where the children can read and relax.

Another classroom is the music classroom where we do our music classes. There are some instruments like a keyboard , xylophones , metallophones, recorders… There is a chair for each one. We sometimes watch films about music , so there’s a projector too.

Both classrooms are in the second floor , next to the classes of E.S.O. If we look through the windows of those classrooms, we have views of our playground. These classrooms are very important for the school.

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The workshop and the laboratory

LABORATORY

It is in the first floor, in the first cycle corridor.The teachers who teach in the laboratory are Miquel and Mari Pau.

WORKSHOP

It is in the same  first floor, in the first cycle corridor,in front of the laboratory.The teacher which teaches in the workshop is Eva.
The workshop class is divided in two parts, one is for E.S.O.students (four courses of compulsory studies), and another one for Intermediate Cycles
(not-compulsory two years studies).Here we do handcrafts, collage, paints …

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The kitchen and the dining room

The dining room is situated in the basement, next to the front door.  There is also a kitchen, which is next to the dining room. The tables in the dining room are separated: tables for nursery kids, tables for primary and tables for secondary.

In the kitchen there are three cooks: Helena, Puri and Ester.

The children have lunch at 12:30, and finish at 13:30 and go to the playground, until 3 o´clock. The primary and secondary finish class at 1 and go to the playground. At 2 o´clock have lunch, at 3 o´clock go back to class.

Children remain at school to have lunch because their parents can´t pick them up.

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The playground and the swimming pool

Hi guys!!

We’re going to describe our playground:

It’s great and a little bit small. We have two basketball pitch and two small basketball pitch too. In our playground there are two football pitches made by artifitial grass. We have a vegetable garden where the kids of primary grow up the land. Next to the vegetable garden there is a park where the small kids in our school play. We have toilets and a pavilion where we do performances at Christmas. Next to this pavilion there are the sports facilities of R.C.D. Espanyol (a football team).

We have a fantastic swimming pool where we can swim in summer.

It is a simple playground but we like it!

Bye!

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