Sunday, 26 November 2017

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lithuanians students working on the topic of Water

The second grade students with teacher Raimonda Zaiciene

The second grade students with teacher performed a flowering bush experiment. The purpose of the experiment was to find out if the water colored with various materials affects the  bushes. The students were divided into three groups and each group received a different bush. In the first jar was simple water, in another water with ink and in another water with  potassium permanganate. The teacher wrote the students' guesses what color will be flowers bloom. After three weeks, the results were discussed. There we saw  flowers bushes with the same colour.

Third-grade students with teacher Lina Stasiuliene
 Third-grade students have been told that water is magical: it can become a cloud, rain, dew-fall, fog, snow, ice and hail. We have been finding out that water is very strong: it can break the toughest rocks, turning them into sand.
Kids were familiarized with water's state during winter, understood important ecological problems, connected to the pollution of water, necesserity of preserving and cleaning of it.
You can travel using the water, it is needed for water-mills, to grind flour, water spins electrical turbines, that provide electricity, because of that we have light, we can listen to a radio, watch TV. Water essential when putting out fires.
Experiment 1: "Water is made out of particles"
Requirements: water, cocktail straw, a paper sheet.Water is made out of particles. It is not a solid object. Kids put drops of water on the paper, and blowwed at it from Start to Finish. While blowing they realized, that water molecules are able to divide and fuse together. Even the tiniest drops can be split into even more tiny drops.
Experiment 2: "The taste of water"
Requirements: a few glasses of water. Five kids go out of the class, while the others decide to say that water in one glass is sweet, while in the other - tasteless. Some kids of our class admitted that they  tasted the sweetness of the water. You can try this out and see if your kids are susceptible to the power of suggestion.
Experiment 3
Requirements: glasses of water, and a glass of dishwasher and capsules of ink.Before the experiment, kids are asked which of these two liquids will dye faster. After pouring the ink in, we see, that water dyes itself faster.

Creating animation in the LOGO team with teacher Alma Maskolaitiene



The fourth grade students with teacher Vilma Indrisiuniene prepared poster about sea fish

Experiments with water in the physics lesson with teacher Alma Maskolaitiene

Students in the 8th grade put irregularly shaped bodies in the water and calculate the volume of the immersed body according to the increased water level. 


8 grade students information collected on special water feature

If you've been climbing in a lake or other water  in the summer, you probably noticed that the water in the bottom is coolder than ever before. Why ? 

An anomaly in the water – what is it?
Most of the materials when are  heated   expands and shrinks when are frozen. However, there are exceptions. For example, water "behave" differently — mini expands (from a certain temperature). This unusual feature is called the anomaly of water.

Romanian dissemination of "New Skills New Schools", at "Theater School",
                                   in Rotterdam, Netherlands. 
( Educational Romanian-Dutch exchange of group of students)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Greek pupils working on the topic of "Water"

Greek pupils working on the topic of "Water"

After having taught the "Water" unit for a few weeks and having seen water from many different aspects, we decided to work on the children's metacognitive skills.
We asked them how we could pass the knowledge on  to younger children and they decided to make board games in order to achieve this goal. In their water-groups of 4 they came up with very interesting ways to apply everything they had previously learned about water. They were very excited and got down to work right away! 

Our year 4 pupils then played their board games with year 2 children. They felt like teachers!

The home simulation game, where they made "water wasting" zones in the kitchen, bathroom and garden.

Water monopoly. 
The water tank went full as children answered correctly. 
They made all questions by themselves.


The snakes & ladders water game. It included interesting facts about water.

They also simulated a forest where you learn about water 
while walking through it.

We moved on to assess the change in their attitudes. The Year 2 teacher reported:
"Following the presentation of Year 4 's improvised board games, my pupils came  back to class full of new knowledge on the uses and conservation of water. They were  eager to share everything they had learnt so we exchanged roles and they became teachers in my stead. Subsequently, they were able to answer questions on water, like: " Why is it best to water our plants in the evening?" or "How much water is wasted if we don't turn the tap off while brushing our teeth?". Generally, they seemed to have realized how important water is and remembered lots of facts about it. We are now to see whether they will make the right choices,  concerning water conservation, in their everyday lives."

The Year 4 pupils, on the other hand, after playing the games with younger ones, came back exhausted, albeit happy! They "complained" that it was very hard for them having to adapt their language and behavior to younger children's level. They said they had had to do a lot of explaining and that they felt drained! Also, they reported that, while they were looking for ways to make something clearer for others, points that used to be a bit confusing,  were now more straightforward.  Overall, they seemed to have been great teachers!

Finnish students working on the topic of Water and Air

Finnish students working on the topic of Water and Air

 We are studying water consumption in different countries and you can see it here:

The second topic is the Air. We found out that air is a substance and it opposes other substances. We thought that: Does the airplane stay in the air if the engine goes out?


Saturday, 11 November 2017

The youngest students in kindergarten prepared Christmas cards for the project partners


Our the youngest students with teacher Jolanta Siliene prepared Christmas cards. The oldest students will write on them.

The fifth grade students with teacher Ingrida Lekstutiene wrote Christmas wishes on the cards.

The sixth grade students prepared Christmas cards.

Teacher Rima Seskeviciene prepared beautiful Christmas cards for all partners schools.

Friday, 10 November 2017

We are in the news!!!

The local newspaper Vallecas Va! has written an article about the international Erasmus +  project "New Skills, new schools"  in which our school, CEIP Francisco Fatou, is part of it and our first transnational meeting in Latina last October.

This is the link to the digital newspaper CLICK HERE

Monday, 6 November 2017

Finnish multidisciplinary learning module


                       SUOMI 100 - HAAPAJÄRVI 40

The new core curriculum for basic education that was implemented in schools contains some changes that might have given rise to the misunderstanding of abolishing separate school subjects. In order to meet the challenges of the future, the focus is on transversal (generic) competences and work across school subjects. Collaborative classroom practices, where students can work with several teachers simultaneously during periods of phenomenon-based project studies are emphasized.

The pupils should participate each year in at least one such Multidisciplinary learning module. These modules are designed and implemented locally. The core curriculum also states that the pupils should be involved in the planning.

We started today and our Multidisciplinary learning module is Finland 100 - Haapajärvi 40.