Last Friday 3 year olds organized an activity with the parents related to the project “What do you eat?”. As they have been learning which animals they can find in our forests as well as what they can eat, they decided to make masks to become one of them. The parents helped them and ,in the end, teachers had deer, snakes, eagles and wild boars in the classrooms.
They finished asking the parents to tell a story to the children.
Over this week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) five year olds went to the amazing Fishmonger’s at Hipercor- Pozuelo. They would not have expected to see three fabulous sea creatures: a monk fish, a shark and a huge sword fish. They worked in teams and had to fill in a list with “vertebrate” and “invertebrate” sea animals, though they could also see other animals found in the rivers like trouts and salmons. We learnt that we could buy fresh, canned or frozen fish.
We were invited to fine confectionery and sweets and we came back to school after having the opportunity to touch a brown crab…alive a kicking!
Four year olds paid a visit to las Rozas Post office as they wanted to put an end to their project Communication media. They had the opportunity to understand the whole process from delivering letters and parcels to their reception at the post office and classification. They loved to see the first bicycle used by a postman and different vehicles (vans and motorcycles).
They got a present from the wonderful staff , a money mail box, and post some letters.
Last week the Infant’s department was transformed into a broadcast media centre.
Our newscast anchors and our team of reporters followed up some hot tips to report some breaking news and the stories of the day from the classrooms.
One journalist reported on what was happening with learning about the sea and the creatures that live in the sea. Another journalist reported on life in the forest while a third journalist reported on I4 project.
The telecast showed how busy the children of the Infants’ department had been and the many things they were learning.
Stay tuned for more reports from the Aravaca Infant’s news!
Internacional Aravaca juntó con Enterarte en el MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León). Reflexionando sobre las diferentes metodologías empleadas en la educación artística y compartiendo, con diferentes profesionales de la enseñanza, emociones y experiencias en el aula a través del arte.
ICT includes the range of hardware and software devices and programmes such as personal computers, scanners, digital cameras, multimedia programmes, image editing software, database or even photocopier machines. It also includes the communications equipment through which people seek and access information including the Internet, email and video conferencing.
We had a wonderful first meeting with Dunat-grundschule in Germany. Ildiko Bikfalvi our german teacher, some other teachers and a group of kindergarden children sang beautiful songs to our children in Madrid. It was fantastic to see people making connections and sharing ideas. Our infant children sang to them an English song with a jolly Guten Morgen too.
ICT is increasing in importance in people’s lives and it is expected that this trend will continue, to the extent that ICT literacy will become a functional requirement for people’s work, social, and personal lives. ICT has become an integral and accepted part of everyday life for many people.
We can use Skype to communicate with partner classrooms around the world and to share the joy of speaking different languages.
The children of the Infants Department had a very special guest this month
It was a great pleasure to welcome the world famous Pedro Navarro Dedos de Duende to our school.
Nicknamed "Dedos con Duende" ("Magical Fingers"), Pedro entertained the children with this magical guitar and took time to teach everyone about the Spanish guitar style of music. To further bring the lessons alive, the students dressed up in traditional Spanish costumes and learnt how to play the el cajon and the castanets. This was a very useful and fun way for the children to further develop their education about Spanish music and culture.
It was a very unique experience for everyone involved and a wonderful way to learn new things.
Last week we visited the castle in Manzanares El Real. The castle was built in the 15th Century and lies between the Pantano (reservoir) de Santillana and the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama. The castle belonged to the Dukedom of Infantado.
We were able to admire the fortress which is made of granite, the gothic gallery and the barbican where we posed for photographs with the other classes. We pretended that we were real soldiers, firing arrows from the castle battlements before we went to look down the ancient well.
We finished our day with a picnic and came back to school dreaming that we were knights and princesses!
As we are learning about the Castles’ Project, in music we have done an activity related to it.
The 4 year olds have been making their own crowns with crayons, stickers… to dress up like real princes and princesses!!
They learnt a traditional dance in partners, a dance that princes and princesses made many years ago at important parties. The dance is divided into four parts were hands play a very important role.
They had to dance, act and move like real dancers in the middle ages and they ended the dance thanking their partner in a very elegant way.
We all had a great time dancing together and acting like real princes and princesses!!!
The children of kindergarden were treated to a special visit of the “Teatros del Canal” musical group who gave a special performance of Peter and The Wolf.
The story was complimented by a musical arrangement that brought the story to life. The children were enthralled by the story and the music.
The characters of the story were represented by a different instrument of the orchestra. Peter was represented by the violin, the cat by the clarinet, the duck by the oboe, the bird by the flute, the grandfather by the big bassoon. And there was also a WOLF, represented by a french horn.
They had a great time listening, watching and being able to live such a wonderful musical experience.