Friday, 15 June 2018

SONWRITING PROJECT. VIDEO PREMIERE.

ICP Choir. Photo: Laura Martínez Rebollo.

Many of you may probably know that we have been working hard with our students to get our job done. It's been a while since we started out our SONWRITING PROJECT. Back in January, a team of bilingual teachers came up with the idea of producing a song with our students from scratch. The idea was to provide them with the tools to write the lyrics for a given song.

After weeks of analysing songs, musical strucutes, vocab and common expressions our students started to draft their gems in a booklet crafted for them.

By Miguel Serrano Portero
Their English teachers Adelaida Fernández and Virigina Pacheco with the support of Raquel Fernández and Alexandra Shultz as well, made a great effort to help our students understand how to express their feelings on a blank paper. Measuring syllables and try to rhyme was another big deal in this project.

On the other hand, Fran Rodríguez, their Music teacher, helped them to fit the lyrics with the given melodies. They sang their creations and, sometimes,  made up their minds to improve their results. Again rhyming, using synonims, other expressions. And everything done in a collaborative way.

Once we had all the work done, we shortlisted four out of the nine songs written. Unfortunately, only one of them could make it through. I have to say that all students did their best and I take my hat off to them for that. The winners were Alba Mateos, Raúl Rodríguez, Carmen Rodríguez and Rocío Iglesias.

The last stage of this project was funny too. Mª José Quintana and Fran Rodríguez, prepared the ICP choristers to perform and record the song. After weeks of rehearsals, we finally premiered the song IT'S WEIRD coinciding with our school feast. Rewards and certificates were handed out to the winners and the finalist. 

The instrumental (bass, drums, acoustic guitars) and vocal track was produced and recorded by Fran Rodríguez. We also had the especial collaboration of our colleague Marcos García on the electric guitar.

Finally, our colleage and friend Isabel Montesinos, former teacher of our school and award-winning theatre producer, made the last miracle possible. She contacted with Onda Campus and they
agreed to produce the music video. Laura Martínez Rebollo took the beautiful pictures you can see down the line. The video was recorded and edited by Lourdes Morcillo and Leo Montse Ventura Pírez repectively. 


Thanks to all the people who took part in this project one way or another. Thank you for your committment and your enthusiasm. It's been absolutely great to work with you. Now, it's time to enjoy the result and to be proud of yourselves.




Wednesday, 13 June 2018

TOM SAWYER FANFIC PROJECTS

Our 1st ESO  students, along with their teacher Mª José Arias, have worked on some  creative writing  projects. One of them is about the book Tom Sawyer. First, we have read and worked in groups of three on the book using several actities to support the reading. Secondly, we have chosen the main tools to get to write. Openings, closings, main verbs, adjectives and nouns to be used and some connectors. Then, we have picked out three characters, a main one and two minor ones. Finally,  we started the creative process. They have been able to produce wonderful new stories. It has been a great experience and we are all proud of the result.



 

Friday, 1 June 2018

ROMANTIC MUSIC PROJECTS. 2ND ESO STUDENTS.

2nd ESO students have been studying the music from the 19th century in Music class for the last month or so. This time we tried a different approach. 

They have created amazing lapbooks with all the info you need to know related to the Romantic music. From Beethoven to Wagner, from the opera to the piano, from the Symphony to the Programme music, also including the plot of well known operas from this period like La Traviatta, Carmen, The Barber of Seville and many others.

To end up, they presented their projects to the rest of the class.

Like always, they did their best and we want to share it with this video.




Thursday, 24 May 2018

MUÉVETE PROGRAMME. SHARING EXPERIENCES.


Last February, we received a challenge from some workmates from other secondary schools in our region: would our Bilingual Section accept visits from teachers from other Bilingual Sections in order to explore our work? It was music to our ears receiving such a compliment. We have been trying to spread our work through SF Radio, our web page, and Facebook, so that it reaches as far as it can, in case our work may help other schools. Challenge accepted then!








That was the beginning of our participation in the "Muévete" Programme of the Junta de Extremadura, in which teachers from secondary schools in our region are “shadowed" by other workmates in order to know more about projects and methodology that are being implemented across our region. We received teachers from I.E.S. Antonio de Nebrija in Zalamea de la Serena, and I.E.S. Puente Ajuda in Olivenza, in order to explore our Bilingual Section and SF Radio. 



They came on 18th and 19th of April, and 23rd and 24th of May, and we carried out different activities trying to use the CLIL methodology in Bilingual Section classes, and trying to show bits and pieces of all the work that Francisco J. Rodríguez, our music teacher, has been doing with SF Radio during all these years. There were two radio programmes, a hands-on Social Science project about Egypt, a bird-watching activity that combined P.E. and Biology content, and two activities carried out in the English language classes: one giving the students scaffolding to create their own texts with a Fanfics workshop, and one in which they pretended to be "Sherlock Holmes", trying to give reasons to support their discoveries.


We hope these activities were inspiring for our colleagues, but the best thing is that we enjoyed carrying out these great activities with our first-class students.


It's always a pleasure to receive other schools to show our work in our Bilingual Section. At IES San Fernando, our main goal has always been that our Bilingual Section students acquire as many skills in English as possible, and with their great performance in this programme, we seem to be on the right path!


You can listen to the programmes recorded on SF Radio:

Intierviews with students and teachers:



Special London Trip programme:





                          

Interview with Ana Márquez:




 

Listening with our imagination:


Modern auditorium:



SF Radio Drive Time:






Tuesday, 22 May 2018

ANCIENT EGYPT


Great Sphinx of Giza - 20080716a.jpg 


- The pharaoh has symbols that show his power.


- Religion was part of everyday life in Ancient Egypt. Do you remember some of the most important gods and goddesses?
- In Ancient Egypt, different social casses developed. Can you find the most important ones
-  Are you a good mummy maker? Let's see...
- Cleopatra is singing!


- Let's review the vocabulary with a crossword and a pass the word. Enjoy!
- Check how much you know about this unit:



























 

Monday, 21 May 2018

LISTENING WITH OUR IMAGINATION.


Have you ever listened to a piece of music and created a story full of details in your head?
Well, our students did. When we studied the music from the Middle Ages they were provided with a handful of language tools to create a beautiful story prompted by one of the most recognisable pieces of music of all time: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.

We recorded some of them and today we bring them to you on a special SF Radio programme. We hope you enjoy.


SF RADIO IN ENGLISH. MODERN AUDITORIUM.


Music is back on SF Radio. This time, our 2nd Year students tell us some facts related to the most influential modern styles.