Wednesday, 27 November 2013

My last weekend

Hi you all friends! I'm Bus and right now I'm going to tell you what I did last weekend.

Last Saturday morning I got up at 9:00. First I had breakfast and then I cleaned the house. In the afternoon I cooked and ate lunch and next I watched Chelsea's match on TV. Later, on Saturday evening, I had a shower and then I went to the cinema with a friend. At night I arrived home at 11:00. I ate a sandwich and some fruit for dinner and finally I went to bed at 12:15.

On Sunday I didn't get up early. I had breakfast and then I read the newspaper. In the afternoon I ate lunch at Antonio's house. Later I drove his children to the park and played games with them. On Sunday evening I planned the classes for Monday and next I had a shower. At night I had dinner. Then I watched TV for a while and finally went to bed at 11:30.

Yeeessss, I had a great time last weekend. What about you? What did you do? Did you enjoy? I am looking forward to listening to your presentations in the English class.

PS: In the picture above you can see me reading the paper last Sunday morning.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Now they know ... A Tube Story

We have already finished the first workshop within our project, called A Tube Story. The students, working in teams, have made very beautiful artworks on some of the things they have learnt about during the workshop.

Several teams focused on Geography. They now know The British Isles are in the northwest of Europe and there are two countries there, United Kingdom and Ireland. Their capital cities are London and Dublin. They also know the biggest island, Great Britain, is separated from mainland Europe by The English Channel.

United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. The British flag is called Union Jack and the British anthem God Save the Queen. The students also found out about a peaceful city on the southwest coast of England, Plymouth. It is in the county of Devon and its most popular landmark is a lighthouse called Smeaton's Tower.

Other teams focused on the story of our workshop, Undergrounding London. They now know it is inspired by the iconic London tube map and the students go on a virtual trip to London. They use the tube map to plan and describe their journeys around the city on the underground. They read the story of someone who first travelled on the London underground in 1989 and has still got the ticket of that journey.

One of the teams focused on a popular football team in London, Arsenal. They chose it because Undergrounding London's mascot, Uly, is a true fan of Arsenal: he is a gunner. The students draw Arsenal's shield.

If you want to see pics of all the artworks, just follow the Flickr link on the right and then click on the album "artworks". I'm sure you'll love them!

PS: The picture above shows one of the artworks made by the students.

Monday, 18 November 2013

First artworks this school year

This school year Workshop Undergrounding London will feature new activities. One of them will be the students working in teams to create some pieces of artwork at the end of every single workshop. 

We are about to finish the first one, A Tube Story, and they are already doing the task. Once it is complete they will also text and tweet a few messages on the artwork in order to say what it depicts and what they have learnt about it. Before the students start making their artworks they will be always given an example, both of an artwork which portrays something from the workshop and of some tweets on it. 

The picture above displays the craft they were shown before they began to create their own: an easy cut and paste artwork depicting the famous lighthouse in Plymouth, Smeaton's Tower. We found about it earlier in the workshop, first when we read Uly's e-mail and then when we focused on The British Isles and the United Kingdom.

On the next few days you will be able to see several pics of the artworks made by the students. They will be available on our Flickr page. I hope you like them!