viernes, 7 de abril de 2017

Our bilingual teachers


sábado, 5 de noviembre de 2016


Let's welcome our new language assistant from the United Kingdom, this is her message for you:

"Hello everyone!

My name is Vera and I am the English language assistant this year at Sotomayor y Terrazas. I was born in London and I grew up in a place called Essex which is just 30 minutes from the city! In England I am studying for a degree in Spanish at a university called Nottingham Trent. 

In my free time I like to travel to different places and this year i would like to see the whole of Spain!

I already enjoy working at Sotomayor y Terrazas and I am looking forward to teaching next year


Welcome to the bilingual program, Vera.

lunes, 6 de junio de 2016

Goodbye Stephanie!!

        Last week, our auxiliary of conversation, Stephanie MacElroy, finished her work with our fifth and sixth graders. As you all know, the whole school was expecting her since October but some problems with her documents delayed her arrival. Finally, she was our Three Wise Men present for Christmas!

                We have enjoyed ourselves enormously with our teacher from Colorado (U.S.A). She did not only teach us some cultural aspects of her country or helped us to improve our level of English but she also has planned wonderful and funny lessons for the pupils: she explained to us how Easter is celebrated in the United States; she introduced us to the wonderful plays of William Shakespeare (one of her favorite writers, by the way); we have learnt grammar by choosing the ingredients for a funny pizza or inventing the amusing story of a super hero…

            Last Friday was a very moving day for the children who have been working with Stephanie during these last months. In the Meeting Room we thanked her for the labour she has carried out along the school year. A present, on behalf of the school, was given to her in order for Stephanie to have a fond memory of Jerez de los Caballeros.

             It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you. Both students and teachers wish you all the best!!!

See you soon!!!

miércoles, 11 de mayo de 2016


In 2016 the world will commemorate 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. As you know, Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English Language. Our school, has celebrated the fourth centenary of this author too.

Here, you can find some interesting information about the English writer. Come on, play the power point and check the connections between Shakespeare and some popular Disney films!!!

During The Book Week many marvelous books and comics have been exchanged among our pupils. Every book contained a gift: bookmarks related to different shakespearean plays. 

On the other hand, our 5th and 6th graders have watched and worked on the characters and plots of some famous shakespearean plays, such as “Romeo and Juliet”, “Hamlet” or “MacBeth” with the help of Stephanie ( our language assistant). If you want to take a look at the wonderful British Council web on Shakespeare, click this link and you will find cartoon shorts about the plays:


Information about Elizabethan Theatre have been acquired through this funny online game posted on the BBC web:


Finally, we have read this sonnet by Shakespeare:

¿A un día de verano compararte?
Más hermosura y suavidad posees.
Tiembla el brote de Mayo bajo el viento
y el estío no dura casi nada.

A veces demasiado brilla el ojo
solar, y otras su tez de oro se apaga;
toda belleza alguna vez declina,
ajada por la suerte o por el tiempo.

Pero eterno será el verano tuyo.
No perderás la gracia, ni la Muerte
se jactará de ensombrecer tus pasos
cuando crezcas en versos inmortales.

Vivirás mientras alguien vea y sienta
y esto pueda vivir y te dé vida.

Enjoy the recitation of the sonnet by David Tenant, actor of The Royal Shakespeare Company:

miércoles, 20 de abril de 2016

Texas, Houston. Proyecto Extremadura!!!

Our friends from the Pershing Middle School (Houston, Texas) have developed a project about our region. You can check what they have done through their Blog: proyectobdcspain.blogspot.com

Visit the site! 

It is impressive: they have studied the plant and animal life of Extremadura; towns and villages such as Salvatierra de los Barros, Villafranca or Burguillos del Cerro. Moreover, you can see the pictures and read the fulfilling experience they had last year in Jerez de los Caballeros!

Here, you have got a sample of the blog:

     This past week, we were so fortunate to be in Spain. Apart from visiting the sites in the big cities of Madrid and Sevilla, we also went to The Royal Monastery of Guadalupe, and the Roman town of Merida, before arriving to Jerez de los Caballeros in Extremadura.

March 18, 2015; Wednesday.

     Our arrival to Jerez de los Caballeros was in the late afternoon. As our bus got closer to the castle roads, we could see the students and adults waving to us in anticipation of our arrival.
We quickly got off the bus to go meet our penfriends. The students that did not have one in that town, were assigned one from the wonderful coordinator of the group, Ms. Manuela Masero. Ms. Masero and the Principal, Ms. Angela Maya were instrumental in arranging all the student activities, along with the rest of the English teachers from CEIP Sotomayor y Terrazas.
     The Honorable Lady Mayor of Jerez, Virginia Boralla, also met and greeted the Houston group. The city and some of its citizens, reenacted a Knights Templar scene for us at the castle grounds. After that was over, it was time for photos and a gift video from the actors!
     Our group was then guided by the students of Sotomayor y Terrazas through the old town, giving us information in English and Spanish about the places of interest.
     We concluded our visit at the school where we were treated to some snacks and I was presented with a Templar figurine for our visit.

  The highlight of the entire visit in Jerez, however, was the amazing camaraderie displayed by both schools! Although shy and a bit nervous at first, our students were answering questions from the Jerez pupils, and in the process they were getting to know more about their friends. As an educator, I was very pleased and overcome with such emotion to see their interactions. In fact one of the teachers from the Colegio said that the students were talking more now than they had in the classroom.

  Likewise, I saw Pershing students using their Spanish to acquaint themselves and discover more about their pen pals; they were truly enjoying themselves. It was such a warm feeling to see how much they all liked each other and the effort they were all making to appreciate their visit.
    As mentioned before, Ms Manuela Masero, the English teachers, and the Ayuntamiento (City) of Jerez de los Caballeros made it possible for our stay to be fruitful and fulfilling.

Much was achieved in the short time we were there. Therefore we plan on continuing our correspondences with the students and teachers alike. Our future plans are to expand our stay in Jerez de los Caballeros in another tour.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the amazing time we all had!

Raquel Aguilar; Houston

martes, 15 de marzo de 2016


This year we are going to celebrate Easter in our school; so let´s beguin with a brief history about the origin of this festival:

Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover (the Israelites’ departure from ancient Egypt).

In order to celebrate Easter, Stephanie, our language assistant, has explained to our sixth and fifth graders how Easter is celebrated in anglo-saxon countries, specially in the USA. Moreover, they have created some wonderful Easter decoration to be exposed on the walls of our school corridors. You can appreciate their work in these pictures!!!!!!

domingo, 7 de febrero de 2016


The School Day of Non-violence and Peace is an observance founded by the Spanish poet Llorenc Vidal Vidal in Majorca in 1964 as a starting point and support for a pacifying and non-violent education of a permanent character. Different as the first proposed by the UNESCO "Armistice Day" in 1948, the "School Day of Non-violence and Peace" is observed on January 30 or thereabouts every year, on the anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, in schools all over the world.  Its basic and permanent message is: "Universal love, non-violence and peace".

Former Director-General of UNESCO, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, has been promoting during decades the School Day of Non-violence and Peace, saying : "We can not achieve a sustainable development without a culture of peace".

That is why we have worked about this day with our children. We have learnt what people like Gandhi, JFK, Mandela, Luther, King, Einstein, Lennon, Whitman or Mother Teresa  had to say about peace and what things they did to have a better world. 

On the other hand, the Minions have designed signs about house rules that you can see along the school corridors, the secretary´s office or the gym.

That is the result of their work: