Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Year 8s Reina Sofía Modern Art Museum

Year 8C is just back from a wonderful day out visiting one of the most important modern art museum in the world. We have learnt a little bit more about modern art and we need to send a BIG thank you to our guide "Miguel". Next Monday... year 8A and 8B will enjoy this incredible place with the help of two other wonderful volunteers.

Friday, 14 November 2014

year 9s... Globalization and TNCs

We just have finished our topic about "TNCs and globalization" . The global test will not be next week but the following one and here you have news about something we have explained in our lessons, demonstration of people against G20 and WTO, trying to make people to open their eyes and change the way we use our natural resources and run our national economies and to stop inequality between rich and poor. You may click into the next link to get more information.

Year 8s.... Weather & Climate

We just have finished our topic about "Weather and climate". The global test will be next week and here you have news about something we have explained in our lessons, the link of global warming with changes in our weather and climate in the planet. You can click into the next link to get more information.

Year 7s... Volcanoes on the news...

We just have finished our topic about "Earthquakes, plate tectonics and volcanoes". The global test will be next friday and here you have news about a volcanic eruption in Hawaii. You may click into the next link to get more information and see a time-lapse footage of Hawaii lava flow.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

History alive

This 2014 is a historic year for Berlin. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the most significant event in recent German history: the Fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989.The Berlin Wall was both the physical division between West Berlin and East Germany from 1961 to 1989 and the symbolic boundary between democracy and Communism during the Cold War.It was erected in the dead of night and for 28 years kept East Germans from fleeing to the West. Its destruction, which was nearly as instantaneous as its creation, was celebrated around the world. Have we learnt any lessons? Maybe not, despite we should learn from them and history.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Year 9s OPTIONS TIME!!! Is Geography for me?

Dear year 9s

As you get closer to narrowing down your options, I have received some questions from pupils asking me about next year. Most of you are a bit excited and nervous about what to do and choose for year 10 and 11. Well, it is difficult for me to give an individual answer for each of you, for that reason you should think about a few things, and you can read them all down here. This applies just as well to any subject, not just Geography.

Step 1: Most important - do you enjoy it?
If you enjoy a subject you will work harder and be more attentive. That will lead to a happier couple of years, and a better grade at the end of it. If you enjoy several subjects, go to step 2...

Step 2: Are you good at it?
If you have several subjects you enjoy, think about which ones you are best at. Remember though, that if you haven't done well recently it doesn't mean you won't do better next year, especially as the people in your group will change which may help you concentrate better. If you are still struggling, go to step 3...

Step 3: The Department
If you haven't made your decisions based on Steps 1 and 2 (and even if you have), take a look at the department you will be working in. Every subject has huge strengths, and you need to decide which are appropriate for you. In last year's IGCSE exams, most of our Geography students at Montessori School Mataespesa got a grade C / B - and many A or an A*. Is this something that is important to you? You can also think about the classrooms, access to past papers, and the staff - but see the word of warning in Step 5!

Step 4: What will you study next year - is it interesting?
If you still can't decide, get details from other IGCSE students in the Options Meeting on Thursday 23rd and 30th of October about the course you are going to study. You might find Geography more interesting than you thought - from global issues like climate change and fighting poverty, right down to why you live in your house and why there isn't a cinema nearby, geography is an interesting subject. Remember also that some new subjects that sound fabulously exciting might not turn out the way you think they will. This brings us on to the next point...

Step 5: The teachers
You might want to study with the same teacher for the next two years. Or you might want to get away from one you have at the moment! :,( But don't let this be something that influences your decision to do any particular subject. Remember that teachers are unlikely to teach all the groups in your year for IGCSE, and even if they do, in all subject areas teachers move on from time to time. Mr. Vallely and "myself" Mr. Legaz.... we are very busy every year and last minute subject changes may occur.

Whatever you decide, make sure it is the right subject for you. The Geography Department naturally wants you ALL to do Geography because we think it is the most important subject you could take (where else will you learn about global warming, rainforest destruction, shopping patterns and coastal erosion?) but we also want you to make the right decision. Ask us at any time if you want more advice.

Here you have a couple of videos from a school in UK giving you reasons to choose GEOGRAPHY as IGCSE. I will try to publish some other videos on here to help you with your final decision. Show it to your parents so you make the right choice!!!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Year 9 Development in LEDCs

We are talking about development this term. We have been using Ghana as an example of development in LEDCs and we said that small projects could make a big difference. Here we have another example about this kind of projects, investing little money is going to make a huge change into other people's lives. Read more about it just clicking on the link or/and watch this video for further information.