Friday, 5 February 2016

More than 40000 visitors!!!

Dear all,

I want to send you the biggest THANK YOU as we have reached more than 40000 visitors in the webpage.
If you are curious about the webpage data, these are some of the countries we have got visitors from:

España / Spain    20778
Estados Unidos / USA  4352
Alemania / Germany  1503
Rusia / Russia 1255
Francia / France  1088
Reino Unido / UK  1025
India  724
Ucrania / Ukraine  666
Polonia / Poland  457
Suiza / Switzerland 315
Otros / Others 8437

Year 8s.... Energy

Dear year 8s,

Here you have the videos we have been watching today to explain energy and where it comes from.
Hope you find them useful and feel free to watch them here again.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Year 9s History of China in 3 1/2 minutes and John Green's Crash Course World History

Just a quick message on here to post the video for year 9s "Geography" that we have seen in our lesson. It is a funny summary of the most important events. Do not forget to study every single aspect of China for the global test this second term. 

I am adding John Green's Crash Course World History videos about China too:
2,000 Years of Chinese History! The Mandate of Heaven and Confucius
- Communists, Nationalists and China's Revolutions.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Even if I have been talking to you all, let me wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year. Take these holidays like a break to come back with nice improvements and a new mentality to keep working hard and reach new goals and targets within the new year. 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Information about the 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.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Year 9s School Trip

Last friday we had a great day in San Martín de Valdeiglesias, visiting a vineyard and a castle. It was a wonderful day out with lots of activities and workshops where you have learnt issues related with different issues Mercedes and I have been explaining to you in the past (Geography, History and Sociales). Alejandro, our tour guide at the vineyard and winery, did explain very well the evolution of people such as Phoenicians, Iberians and Romans, as we did in History and Sociales in previous years. He gave us incredible information about the legacy of these cultures, in this area of the Comunidad de Madrid and the relationship with wine production. Over all I think the activity we enjoyed quite a lot was watching all the barrels and tasting "mosto" at the winery and enjoying the view and the stunning building when we visited the castle. Here you have some pictures of our day out.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

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).