Saturday, 30 January 2016

Classes in Robotics

After the first semester some of our pupils have already started programming robots on their own, some of them still rely on their teacher’s instructions. Anyway, the kids are capable of building machines that resemble animals, humans and vehicles. They even undertake the challenge of building their first combat robots.
Robotics is hard work, but great fun.

From reality to the map

The pupils in our third grade, aged 9 years, should discover the map. Step by step they watch their surrounding, especially the schools area. Then they bild a model out of different materials. Years before we used cardboard. You also can use dough or wood. During our project we thought that lego must be very useful for reaching the aims of the curriculum. Some childen brought their own bricks with them. We also used schools material.
When the models are finished you can lay a paper on it and draw the topview, the outlines and colour it red. Then you show the children the map of the residential district and the town and the county. They have fun to find their school on it. The topview is getting smaller and smaller. Google earth is also useful to show the kids.
Silvia Mahrholdt, Silvia Hoffmann
Our school in a graphic.

Reality- our schoolyard front.

The girls are concentrated.

Old model out of cardboard.

Hard work.

Finished. Great job!

They are proud of their model

Showcase in the hall.

Exhibition in the entrance of our school


It' s playtime in 1st Class. Children  like playing in the lego corner.

We give them no instructions but only suggestions.

They work in pairs  and they  have to explain classmates their

Rooms in a House

This time the children worked in groups of three. They told each other how to furnish a Playmobil house by making sentences such as: The table goes in the kitchen. The kids especially enjoyed the ‘design’ side of the activity.
Later on one kid in a group placed a toy family figure in the house without the rest seeing it. The children asked questions to find out where the toy figure is, e.g. Is mum in the kitchen?

Lego Education and eTwinning workshops

Another group of our teachers took part in a Lego storytelling workshop carried out by Iga Malik – a Lego instructor. We learned how writing through manipulation can be effective and successful. We also familiarized ourselves with Lego bricks through hands-on use. Our tasks were, among others, to present the most important and influential events in the world history and to create the main events of our stories. Here are some samples of our teachers’ ideas.

Some members of our staff participated in an eTwinning event held in our school. Marcin Hościłowicz – an eTwinning Ambassador in Podlaskie Voivodship ran an introductory session on registration, finding a partner, online courses and professional development webinars and workshops available to help teachers join the eTwinning community.

Festival to conmemorate 260th Anniversary of the Birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

On Thursday,  all our primary pupils attended to a small concert by some of their classmates. All of them were really nervous but they performed really well songs by Mozart or by other classical or modern artists. They also got an idea about the most important aspects of Mozart's life.

Congratulations to all of them for their great performances!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Visitors from the Antipodes

Salamanca is famous by its culture, the Main Square and it  is also a good place to learn Spanish. Well, today, two new zealanders who are in Salamanca to enjoy the culture and to learn Spanish, have been in our classroom. Year 5 pupils have been asking lots of questions to them, about tipical food, nature, the money they use... they were really curious about our Antipodes! We had a great time singing and learning. Thanks for coming to our school!

Here you have some links and photos of our session:

If you want to find the antipodes of any place on earth you can have a look here:

This is a Maori meeting house:

Some birds that live there:
A  kiwi, a takahe and a kakapo.

Typical dessert called 'Pavlova' ( It looks delicious, doesn't it?)

Collaborative Activities: the key to successful eTwinning projects

This afternoon I have taken part on an Expert Talk with this title:
'Collaborative Activities: the key to successful eTwinning projects' Irene Pateraki has given the participants the opportunity to collaborate using different tools so that we had a first hand experience with them. Here you have some links and the presentation she used for the session.
I am sure we will be able to organise some simple activities with these tools so that our pupils get to know each other!


Monday, 25 January 2016

Disovering Leonardo

A modern version of Vitruvian man .

With great  pleasure walking up and down in Milan I noticed these  two  wonderful

 wallpaintings. I showed them to  students.  Leonardo  is a neverending  genius,still admired by young and not so young. The students worked in groups  to find out information about this great inventor ,scientist , artist  and much more.

They  tried to draw  as Leonardo. 

People and animals. 

They  analized the studies about  water  and flying machines. 

 They  visited the museum of Tech and Science  in Milan. 
Moreover  they admired   wonderful paintings ,especially  "The Lady with The hermelin.
This is a modern copy of it. 

The students found out that the character of this painting was a young lady of Saronno. Her name was Cecilia Gallerani.  They  write  down information

drew her.