Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Concert 2014

This Friday (12 / 12 / 14) we will celebrate the Christmas concert at 18:00 (Mataespesa site). As far as I know you have been working on the different songs and performances for that day. I just hope we all have a great evening and remember that we should collect as much as possible. Congratulations and thank you very much for all your effort in adavnce.

REMEMBER: All the money that we will collect will be for charity, and as we did last year we have chosen the important NGO.... "Asociación Española contra el Cáncer". So, we should devote our most serious efforts to collect lots of money for this organization. 

Important INFORMATION for 2nd TERM

Dear students,

Most of the information about the second term is ready on the web page. Have a look on your "year tag" and you will get the information in advance about test, books, projects, etc

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Geography in Key Stage 4 (year 10 & 11)

Dear parents and students of year 9,

I have got some requests about information a little bit more in detail about Geography in year 10 and 11. So, I have decided to make a brief summary of the important information to pay attention about this subject and posted on here. You may find this information and other, in the "portal de comunicación".


KEY STAGE 4 – YEARS 10-11 

In Key Stage 4, students in Montessori Mataespesa/Fresnos will be prepared for the International General Certificate of Education exam of the University of Cambridge Examinations Board (IGCSE), Syllabus number 0460. The aims are therefore the same as those specified by the exam board and are summarised as follows: - 
1. To develop a sense of place and an understanding of relative location on a local, regional and global scale; 
2. To develop an awareness of the characteristics and distribution of a selection of contrasting physical and human environments; 
3. To develop an understanding of some of the processes affecting the development of such environments; 
4. To develop an understanding of the spatial effects of the ways in which people interact with each other and with their environments; 
5. To develop an understanding of different communities and cultures throughout the world and an awareness of the contrasting opportunities and constraints presented by different environments.

2. Syllabus outline 
All students will follow the same teaching syllabus, based on the exam syllabus.

YEAR 10 (Physical Geography)
1. Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, volcanoes, fold mountains, rift valleys, natural hazards and human response. 
2. Weathering and mass movement 
3. Fluvial processes and associated landforms, flooding, river pollution, water resources – uses, competition and conflict 
4. Marine processes and associated landforms, coastal flooding, coastal pollution, and coastal management 
5. The collection of meteorological data and factors affecting climate 
6. Tropical rainforests – climate and vegetation, plantation farming, small-scale subsistence agriculture, deforestation and global warming 
7. Deserts – climate and vegetation 

YEAR 11 (Human Geography)
1. World population distribution and density. World population growth, the concepts of overpopulation and carrying capacity. The demographic transition and variations in world population growth. Pro- and anti-natalist policies. Population structure, population pyramids. Population migration – causes and consequences
2. Settlement site, situation, pattern, morphology, function and growth. Settlement hierarchies and spheres of influence – shopping patterns. Urbanisation and associated problems. Urban land use models and comparisons between MEDCs and LEDCs. Inner cities and their redevelopment, ribbon development, dormitory suburbs/villages, green belts. Rural-urban migration in the LEDCs and shanty towns 
3. Employment structure 
4. Farming – changes in commercial and cash-crop farming 
5. Energy – significance of different energy sources, acid rain, the siting of power stations 
6. Industrial systems - motor vehicle assembly, high technology industries 
7. Leisure & tourism 
8. Revision 

3. Time allocation 

Students will have 3 x 55 minute periods of Geography and some homework per week. 

4. Resources 

Each student will have a copy of The New Wider World (Third Edition) by David Waugh (ISBN ). Each student will have access to the Oxford Practical Atlas (ISBN 0 19 831836 7). The textbook and atlas are supplemented my many teacher-prepared resources and by past examination questions. 

5. Assessment 

No assessment will be made of the students’ notes but assessment will be based on IGCSE style questions and the grades awarded will be equivalent to those that would have been obtained by the student under examination conditions bearing in mind the stage in the course. There will be tests at the end of most teaching units and formal examinations in June of Year 10 and in January of Year 11. All students will enter for Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 4 (Alternative to Coursework).

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.