year 1- tips and recommendations for summer

If you want to revise what we have done this year, or do any of the activities again, you can visit this section in my blog:


you can choose a book, online newspapers, magazines… Some useful links may be:

Some books you may read are:

  • Dahl, Roald. Boy (Tales of Childhood). (available at the school’s library)
  • Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Dahl, Roald. The Witches (available at the school’s library)
  • Boyne, John. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. (available at the school’s library)
  • Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery
  • Gaiman, Neil. Coraline
  • Morpurgo, Michael. Kensuke’s Kingdom.
  • Kerr, Judith. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
  • Wilson, Jacqueline. The Story of Tracy Beaker.
  • Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Enz, Tammy. Batman Science: The RealWorld Science Behind Batman’s Gear (Capstone Young Readers) 
  • Peet, Mal. Keeper (Paul Faustino 1) (about football)


  • Write a diary of your favourite 7 days of your summer holidays. Choose days when something exciting or different happened and explain how you felt. Write the date each day you write and use the past simple. You can include some drawings or pictures.
  • If you like creative writing, go to Choose grade 4-6th.


Try to watch television in English; you can also watch short videos on the Internet… Some useful links:

Listen to music and practice with the lyrics. You can use or any video with lyrics you find on youtube. You can also download Musixmatch (as an app for mobile devices or an extension to Chrome) to play your favourite music and have the lyrics to it, as if it was karaoke.

When you watch something, please pay attention to pronunciation!


Practise the grammatical structures we’ve learnt this year. Especially the verbal tenses and how to form the affirmative, negative and interrogative form. You can use this website to revise online and do some exercises:

Other websites:


Visit my blog to revise the vocabulary we’ve dealt with this year. 

You can also practise some vocabulary here:

As a game, you can test yourself: How many words do you know in English?

project on literature- final products

If you want to have a look at all the final products out of our project on British and American literature, you can visit this google site:



Spelling Bee 2017 – #spellingbeevaldespartera

Ayer 19 de Mayo se celebró la primera edición del concurso Spelling Bee para IES de currículo integrado MECD-British Council de la provincia de Zaragoza. Podéis leer la crónica completa, así como los ganadores y segundos premios en Aragón Bilingüe.

A mí personalmente me hizo ilusión participar por varios motivos: a partir de una idea de @noeliamayog, hicimos el curso pasado un tímido grupo de trabajo en el CIFE para preparar algo así. Me alegró ver que Noelia, con su energía y entusiasmo habitual, ha podido sacar su idea adelante, hacer equipo y organizar desde el IES Valdespartera esta jornada que, más allá de la competición, fue punto de encuentro de los IES British de Zaragoza.

Por otra parte, nos sirvió a los profesores, tanto a los que asistimos como al resto de compañeros que prepararon el concurso con los alumnos, para ver el nivel de nuestros alumnos; trabajar estrategias comunes con el resto de compañeros que imparten las mismas áreas que nosotros en otros centros; y por supuesto, integrar una tradición académica de los países de habla inglesa en nuestra práctica docente.

Quiero felicitar a los muchos compañeros / amigos allí reunidos de otros centros y del mío propio, por su trabajo excelente, como de costumbre; a todos los alumnos participantes, y por supuesto, a los del IES Parque Goya, porque todos hicieron muy buen papel.

Me gustaría felicitar especialmente a Iker Ortega y Juan Pina, de 1º ESO del IES Parque Goya, ganadores de la categoría junior. Además de los ratos que hayamos podido preparar el concurso juntos, sé que han estado “entrenando” en recreos con otros amigos a los que han cogido como coaches, juntándose por las tardes para repasar…Os damos las gracias por vuestra ilusión y esfuerzo.

#WomeninSTEM- Ada Lovelace

This is the result of your hard work for our #WomeninSTEM project. Watch these videos to find out about Ada Lovelace’s life, career and achievements:

How to write an email to your teacher- guidelines for students

Please, bear in mind these instructions when emailing me as your teacher, or sending me a message through Edmodo/Google Classroom:

  • You may have a peculiar email address, something like”” o “”. This is totally OK for your friends, but please, for school, use a more “serious” email address. Suitable email addresses would be “” or “”, for instance.
  • In the subject line there should be a brief summary of what the message is about. For example: “Question about Women in STEM project”
  • There needs to be a beginning to your message, which should be polite. (“Dear Natalia,“, or at least “Hi Natalia,”).
  • You need to use stops, commas, colons…just like you would use them in a writing task.
  • Remember to use as many paragraphs as different ideas you would like to express.
  • Have you heard about netiquette? It’s the rules of politeness on the internet (what to do and not to do if you want to be nice and polite). According to netiquette, if you use capital letters, it means you are angry. So please, don’t write all your message in capital letters, or I will think you are angry at me.
  • Please do not use abbreviations, or informal expressions. I don’t mind emojis, but please, don’t overuse them.
  • Please check carefully your spelling, grammar and vocabulary before sending your email / message to me.
  • If you include pictures, word documents, audio clips, etc…these are called “attachments“.
  • Use “please” and “thank you“, please.
  • Then, when you finish your message, you should end it properly: Best wishes / See you tomorrow / … and then your full name and group (Diego Martín, 1G).


These are some model emails:

More information on this:

Wallace and Gromit- The Wrong Trousers

Remember your assignment this weekend is to write a short summary of the film Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. Your summary must be written in the past.

To help you remember key moments in the film, you may have a look at these stills from the film:

Class Dojo- students and parents

This is a short introduction to Class Dojo. Through Class Dojo you and your family will be able to see your “positive points” either for good work, participation, teamwork, effort, or your “negative points” for speaking Spanish, being off-task, not cooperating…

Now watch these tutorials to know how to sign up for Class Dojo. Remember you have to use the codes I gave you in class: the student code when you sign up, the parents’ code when your parents sign up. If you have any problems signing up, please, let me know!

Tutorial for students:


Tutorial for parents (Spanish):