ABSTRAÍDOS

Santísima Trinidad School is located in a very active and dynamic neighborhood of Salamanca: Barrio del Oeste. Most of that dynamism is directly linked to the community organization ZOES.

Barrio del Oeste is also very popular and well-known thanks to an original urban gallery.

Many times our students  actively take part in some of the events organized by this community organization. On this occasion, students in KS 1 have participated in the exhibition Abstraídos, a scientific dissemination project that aims to unite art and science in the streets of the neighborhood, with the support of the Spanish Foundation for the Science and Technology (FECYT) and in collaboration with the University of Salamanca, students and teachers from various art schools and the ZOES Association.

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exhibition of scientific sculptures, abstracted.

Our students have also had the opportunity to attend a physics workshop:

By María Soledad González.

 

VARIABILITY

We divide the students into groups of four and assign a role to each member: reader, accountant, scribe and draughtsman.

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The group starts by reading four lines of a story and makes a prediction of what vowel they think will be the most frequent.

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Then, they count the five vowels and construct a bar chart that represents the frequency with which the different vowels appear. Next, we reflect together on how we have represented the bar chart: vertical or horizontal, and why; on how we have compiled the information: if we have used a table to record the frequencies, if we have counted drawing lines …

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Finally, we will discuss and reflect whether variability is the same in all the groups and if the result was the expected or not.

Chit-chatting school material

On this occasion, Year 5 students turned their school material into a special kind of puppets in order to create dialogues in German. Books, scissors and pencil cases came to life and chatted away happily asking each other questions about names, age and hometown…

Videotaping dialogues is possibly one of the most valuable resources in the classroom because it implies a lot of different learning processes. For this activity in particular, students (in groups of three or pairs) had to write down, practice and learn by heart their dialogues. As always, special attention was paid to pronunciation and intonation. Creativity took on the design of a set of eyes that would turn the different school items into the talkative and lively fellows you can see in the videos.

Students put time and effort into the activity to create videos they could be proud of. The aim, though, was not to attain flawless perfection. Having fun and learning was the main goal – and that was definitely achieved.

By: Lucía Rodríguez Cuenca

It’s time to celebrate… C’MON!

During this week, at Santísma Trinidad school, we are celebrating our Feast of the School. This means a lot for all of us because many activities have been organized and we can spend time together. In this celebration, the 1º Bachillerato graders are the principal characters during the week. They have been working truly hard to schedule a lot of activities for all the people in the school. Besides, tomorrow is a huge special day. During the school daytime, we are going to enjoy lots of activities, where all the students at the school have prepared a short activity to show to others in a festival.

One of the thing that defines Colegio Santisima Trinidad is the family spirit. This feeling can be found in all the point of the school and also in any member of the school community. During this week, you will be capable of being part of that feeling if you are close to us, as a part of our family. So, for the people who would like to enjoy it and they are not able to be with us, you can watch the video and know what we are talking about.

¡FELICES FIESTAS TRINITARIAS!

 

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LIFE CYCLE OF FLOWERING PLANTS USING LEGO

Talking to 7 year-old children about reproduction is a very interesting (and challenging) topic. Most children do not understand it very well, and when it comes to plants, even less. They are able to repeat that ” oviparous animals are born from an egg”, and ” viviparous animals are born from the belly of their mother …;” but if the teacher goes deeper into the question, he discovers that practically none of them knows what happens so that there is a baby animal inside his mother’s belly. Well, with regards to plants, everything gets even more difficult. They all know that plants grow out a seed, but they are completely unaware of the process that takes place for a plant to produce seeds.

I share some materials that I have used throughout these days to help them understand a complex but interesting topic. First, based on their previous knowledge (that plants grow out a seed) , we have seen the following video:

Later, to connect with the part of the process that they do not know, we have talked about pollination:

Finally, to reinforce learning and connect all phases of the process with each other, we have gone to the lego classroom, where students have built models trying to represent the complete cycle in the life of a flowering plant.

Visit to Cyprus

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How can I explain that the best way to learn is traveling?

Monday

We started with the Second Transnational Meeting at IMS. Cyprus team showed  us Institute of Maths and Science. After that all of us shared our different experiences and presented how we worked during last months.

In the afternoon we visited  Limassol Castle,  where we learnt a lot thanks to Maria.

Tuesday

On tuesday, we had the opportunity to visit the town hall, where we learnt  more about Limassol and Cyprus. In this respect, we are really grateful to the mayor of Limassol, Mr Nicos Nicolaides, who received us  and spent time with us talking about Limassol and answering our questions.

After that, we  visited Kurion Archeological Site. These greek ruins are in an amazing place by the sea. Really beautiful!!

Wednesday

Midweek, we had two training meetings at IMS. The first one was about Google Classroom and the second one about Effective Classroom. In fact, we used this time to assess some of the project activities, preparing future activities and also reflecting on how to use eTwinning for the project. Thereafter we visited the entire IMS.

Thursday

On that sunny Thursday, we visited another awsome place: Leukara. Our wonderful tourist guide, Maria, explained to us the most interesting details about these neolothic remains and the lifestyle developed there. Near to Leukara we visit an Bio Olive Farm, olive oil and wine are very typical from Cyprus. 

To finish, we had a farewell Dinner all together at Nitayia, one of the most tasty restaurants in Limassol. Everybody used the dinner to thank for the warm welcome we have received. 

Friday

Our last meeting was celebrated to summarize the week, fix targets and prepare schedule dates for Norway. Later, we journey to Platres, really nice forest path with falls, and a beautiful town, Omodos. We also visited Lambouris Winery where we enjoyed different types of wine. None of them were fighting.

Thank you again Pavlos Pavlides, Athi Demosthenous, Maria Ergatoudi, Margarita Sofokleous and María Soteriou for your hospitality. 

We’re really glad to see all of you there.

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Second transnational meeting

The 2nd transnational mobility took place in Cyprus, were partner countries gathered together to review the work done during the past few months but also to set new targets that will need to be implemented until the next meeting in Norway. Arriving on Sunday the 3rd of March, the partners gathered together for an unofficial meeting, were new member teachers were introduced.

On Monday the 4th of March during the first day of the program each country presented the impact of the project in their schools and teachers had the opportunity to ask question and express their opinions and feelings about the different activities presented. A student from IMS private school had the opportunity to present the entrepreneurial gadget (Coasty) for the Junior Achievement competition that a team of students from our school created. The day ended with an English literature and Physics class, where the partner countries had the chance to see how classes in IMS private school actually operate.  On the second day, the partner countries had a meeting with the mayor of Limassol who talked about the history of the town as well as for our customs and traditions. During the following days the partner teachers had seminars on “Google Classroom” and the “Effective Forms of Teaching”, with qualified teachers from our school. Also, they had the chance to visit various places in Cyprus, such as Curium amphitheatre and villages in Omodos, Lefkara and Platres. Finally, the meeting held on the last day of the mobility, introduced the concept of the e-twinning platform and how it should be used for the Funtastic project. Also, an overview of the project’s targets highlighted the need for more coordinated activity on the project’s bloc. In addition, partners shared their ideas for the forthcoming science fair that will take place in March and April. Summarising the weeks results, we also concluded on the next mobility days in Norway.54520709_266373414285509_7692839722002939904_n

FUNTASTIC MATH BLOG

It is known that Maths can be a big deal for many students. Most of them face maths with fear and most of the time that feeling is linked with the lack of success in this area. So it’s time to change and make maths a little bit more attractive. For that reason, during this year, our 3º ESO students have set up a Mathematics blog. To create the blog, the kids have made great work in many different steps. First of all, they attended a training lesson where they were taught how a blog works. The pupils are allowed to edit the blog and the need to post regularly. Then, the students can post posts related to mathematics themes. All the posts and comments need to be regulated by the teacher.

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In addition, the pupils have been working either in groups like individually. The main objectives of the blog are:

  • To develop the digital, linguistic and mathematics skills.
  • To empower abilities based on learning to learn.
  • To empower children’s critical skills analyzing advertising campaigns in a mathematic way.
  • To realize that maths are not only calculation and abstract concepts. We can find maths in all the world around us.

During each term, the pupils upload posts following the curricular contents – always guided by the teacher-.

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If you want more, click HERE to enjoy how the blog looks like.

 

Augusto González, Maths Teacher.

Spanish food week!

This week, our cafeteria staff gave our students and staff a taste of Spanish-inspired food during our Spanish food week.

Our two teachers were inspired by the Spanish food week and decided to have a cooperating lesson with their first and fifth grades to recreate famous Spanish art. Big brothers and big sisters worked with their little brothers and little sisters to create some beautiful artwork. The artwork was then hung in the cafeteria and brought more Spanish inspiration to our students. 🙂

The artwork — and food — brightened up our week and gave students an opportunity to get to know a little bit about a different culture through food and art.

Thank you to Johanna and Tarja for such a lovely idea!