3.en.116 Celebrating the end of school at Sa Riera with other schoolmates

I like very much this pic that someone took yesterday.  You can see Miquel, Pau Segui, Noé and Pau Campomar‘s backs. Are they looking forward or backwards? Well, in fact they were watching a football match, but I would like to think of this pic as a symbol for this time of the year. You are going to move to second ESO, hopefully all of you, but whatever happens, even if the whole group does not continue together, I’d like to think that you have created links with your classmates and that we have learnt things together that will help you look forward with more confidence and that, from now on,  you’ll feel that you are part of a group that will support you.  So let’s think that Pau C, Pau S, Miquel and Noé are looking both ways:

They are looking confidently towards the future, but they are also looking backwards, so as not to forget what they have learnt and is already part of them

Yesterday, at Sa Riera, there were also students from 2n ESO E and from 2nd D, groups are not watertight compartments, neither is life nor learning. Here follow some pics as a video presentation that  aims at showing you’ve learnt a lot this year in and outside the classroom and, above all, working together  as a goup. It has been a pleasure being your teacher. I hope you’ve learnt much more than English and wish you a happy summer!


Click here to watch the video

Celebrating end of school at Sa Riera


2.en.43 Outing to Lartigue’s exhibition. Dossier

Monday 20th December 20010 1stYear ESO E European Sections: Outing to Caixa Forum. Visit to the exhibition of photographs by Jacques Henry Lartigue.


This term we have visited an Exhibition at La Misericordia, “La mirada del Viatger”, where you could see sterographs of Mallorca. Now you have the chance to compare them with sterographs taken by a French photographer. Some of the photos were taken in the same period, but the landscapes, the people and the atmosphere are very different.

During the visit to the exhibition. Use the space provided in this dossier to take notes and complete the information required.

I) Biography

  1. When and where was he born?
  2. How old was he when he died?
  3. Did he have any borthers?

II) Childhood memories

  1. Would you say he had a happy childhood? Choose some images to support your answer. Copy the title and the year where the photographs were taken.
  1. What surprised you most about the pictures of his early years?
  2. What kind of toys can you see?
  3. What kind of games did he play?

III) Sporting events

  1. Which sports can you see in the photographs? Name them:

IV) Landscapes

  1. what type of landscapes can you see? Choose one of the following categories:
  • Beaches
  • Sea resorts
  • Ski resorts
  • Cities. Which cities?
  • Other:

V) Fashion

  1. What kind of dresses did women wear?
  1. Are most women in the photos elegant wealthy women?

VI) Reflecting on what you see. After watching the exhibition, what do you think was Lartigue’s main reason for taking photos. Tick the ones you feel are the best explanation and add any other reasons you might think of.

  1. He wanted to preserve happy moments
  2. He wanted  time to stand still
  3. He wanted to freeze images
  4. He wanted to trap movement in a frozen image
  5. He wanted to keep a recored of the new technological advances.
  6. Do you think Lartiges photos catch aspects of reality that would be invisible for most of us?
  7. Other

VII) If you had to choose a set of words to descibe the overall impression the photos had on you, which words would come to your mind? Choose among the list and add any you might think of:

  • Movement
  • Hapiness
  • Lightness
  • Gravity
  • Speed
  • Fun
  • Wealth
  • Sadness
  • Poverty
  • Elegance
  • Youth
  • Quietness
  • Leisure
  • Work
  • Other
  • Old age

Choose a photo that best describes the words you have chosen.

VIII) Stereoscopes and stereographs.

There are many stereographs distributed all over the exhibition. Choose the one you liked best and describe it.

After the exhibition

In this web site run by the Donation Jacques Henri Lartigue you will find a chronology. of Jacques Henri Lartigue’s life, which has been divided into five different periods. You will have to visit it to be able to answer the following questions about Lartigue’s life.http://www.lartigue.org/us2/jhlartigue/chronologie/index-c5.html

I) 1894-1919

  1. What was his older brother nickname?
  2. When did he get his first own camera?
  3. How does Lartigue make photographs of “ghosts”? Which technique does he use?
  4. Did he ever live in a palace when he was young?
  5. Jacques was fascinated by planes, who accompanied him on his trips to see test flights of the first airplanes?
  6. When does he start taking panoramic views with a new stereocopic camera?
  7. 1914 is the breakout of world war I. Was Lartigue drafted?
  8. When does he decide to become a painter?
  9. What does he use his race car for during the war?
  10. Who is “Bibi”?

II) 1920-1939

  1. What are the main events in these years?
  2. Who does he marry in these years?

III) 1940-1959

  1. What kind of photos does he take in 1944?
  2. When does he start taking colour shots?
  3. Who does he sell his photos to?
  4. Does he marry again in these years?

IV) 1960-1979

  1. Which important museum exhibits his works in the early 60’s?
  2. Which costume designs of a very famous film are inspired by a Lartigue photopgraph of 1911?
  3. Why is 1979 a very important year for Lartigue’s work?

V) 1980-1986

  1. What anniversary does Lartigue celebrate in 1982?
  2. Where does he die?



  • Did you like the exhibition
  • Did you learn anything by doing the tasks
  • Did the dossier help you reflect on what you saw?
  • Did you find it interesting
  • Suggestions:

2.en.41 Some examples of your group work after the outing. Reflecting on results and on groupwork.

Group work is gradually getting better, but we still have a long way to go. Here you can see some examples of your  power point presentations. There are aspects that need some  editing and improvement, some groups did not function wery well, some students worked better than others  but  most of you have met the deadlines and all of you believe you have learnt something with the outing and the activities, so  CONGRATULATIONS for your work!

There is a saying “better late than never” . Today, Monday the 20th , 5 days after you were expected to finish it, I got a power point presentation from the group ” Boulevard”. Apart from not meeting the deadlines, the work is not well done. We shall comment it together in class and I really expect you to do much better next time.

One of the good things about publishing your works is that you can learn from each other. Now you can look at your group powerpoint presentation and at the ones made by your classmates.The following questions will help you reflect on group work.

  1. What have you learnt by looking at other people’s work?
  2. Was group work difficult for you? Why?
  3. Are there any aspects you can improve?
  4. What have you learnt by working in groups?
  5. What about using editing tools? dictionaries? spellcheckers?
  6. Did you read the instructions carefully?
  7. Did you find google docs a useful tool for group work?
  8. Did the time spent in class working with your classmates help you?

HOMEWORK: Tuesday 21st. Post your comments to the blog. You can post the comments in any language: English, Catalan or Spanish.

2.en.38 13th December School outing: A City walk in the historic city

Next Monday, thanks to Miquel Blanch’s mum, Maria Vallespir, who will be our guide, we shall visit some of the most emblematic buildings in Palma and learn more about the history of our city and its neighborhoods. In the first term, guided by Bernat, your Catalan teacher, we set of with a walk around the neighborhood of Santa Catalina and Es Baluard, this time we shall begin our second term walking inside the city walls and  visiting the Cathedral.

During the outing you will be working in groups of 4 and will have to carry out several tasks in English, Catalan and Spanish. The result will be a power point  that you will have to post to me by Friday 17th December and present it to your calssmates on Monday 20th.

The dossier for the outing will be uploaded to the blog. Some of the tasks will be: an interview in English to a tourist; an interview in Catalan to a shop owner or to someone connected with the tourist business; a description of your favourite spot; a pic of a place you think needs improvement; marking on a street map different city landmarks (churches, courtyards, museums, shops, squares); identifying some architectural features ; a glossary in Catalan, English and Spanish of the new words you learnt connected : a description of the itinerary; an assessment of the activity.

Last year, your classmates for a day from 2nd ESO E went to a similar city walk. Here you can see one of the powerpoint presentations they produced aftar the outing. We shall comment it in class today.

Did you find the powerpoint useful as a model?

Have you ever gone on a guided visit to the Cathedral?

Post your comments to the blog.