Tuesday, 13 November 2018


Theatre in English.

On November 12th, once again, about 280 students from our school from 1st to 3rd year of Secondary Education had the opportunity to attend the play in English "The End of the Beginning" by the theatre company "Moving On" in the assembly hall of the C.P.R. in Badajoz. This company, created in 1988 by native actors from Great Britain and specialized in schools, has been offering this kind of entertaining, communicative and funny activities to our centre for several editions consecutively. It is a performance of about 60 minutes of duration, entirely in English.

As it is becoming a custom, every year they delight and entertain us with some performance on current issues, including some moments of spontaneity and surprise, where students also become protagonists and actors for a moment.

This year's topic has been the famous Brexit, its consequences and repercussions. Treated comically, and from opposing points of view, it reviews all the benefits that belonging to the European Union entails and what could be lost in education, employment, security, investments, influence on important European decisions, tourism and many other subjects.

The show includes a test on British citizenship to which students were invited to respond and they did so with enthusiasm to demonstrate their knowledge and their command of the country's culture.

The songs that accompany the play, scattered with moments of humour, deal with the contradictions, hypocrisies and injustices that lead the protagonist to think that it would be better to be an "alien", making a play on words with the concept of being an alien, a foreigner or an immigrant.

The actors leave us a quote by Winston Churchill for reflection: “This is not the end, This is not even the beginning of the end.This is just perhaps the end of the beginning.'

Here you are some snapshots and videos that show the great acceptance and success that the experience has had.

The English Department of the I.E.S. San Fernando wants to thank the C.P.R. of Badajoz for its assembly hall for the event, to the responsible and accompanying teachers for their collaboration, to the parents for their support to the activity, and to the students for their good behaviour, participation and involvement in the activity.



Friday, 26 October 2018


The idiom “time flies” and the excitement of participating in SF Radio project are the origin of this little radiophonic adventure that our 2nd Year bilingual students have recently carried out. 

The programme, entitled We Are No Longer Rookies, intends to help them remember their first days at scondary school and make them aware of the positive changes they have gone through since they arrived here. 

They also look back to recall anecdotes, funny situations and especial moments they lived not long ago. 

To conclude, they show their empathy towards 1st Year students providing sensible tips and recommendations that they may find useful now and in the future. They just want to welcome rookies and make them feel comfortable and at ease. 

They are the authors of their own words. In fact, they have decided what to speak about and created the scripts of the programmes. Everything has been done with a great deal of thrill and enthusiasm.

Teachers: Adelaida García and Virginia Pacheco.

We hope you enjoy it! 

Friday, 15 June 2018


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


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


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


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


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: