HOGMANAY - SCOTLAND - 30th DECEMBER-1st JANUARY

There's nowhere better to be at New Year's Eve than Scotland's Capital. Edinburgh's Hogmanay brings Edinburgh's streets alive with non-stop entertainment and enjoyment.

Scottish rock giants Biffy Clyro headline the world famous street party at the concert in the gardens, beneath the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The party's 100,000 revellers are guaranteed a night to remember with a torchlight procession, music and fireworks spectacular and the fantastic Keilidh.





28th DECEMBER - DAY OF THE INNOCENT SAINTS


This is one of the most popular and entertaining Christmas traditions in Spain. December 28 is the day when everyone is allowed to play practical jokes and when it is customary to buy joke articles in Christmas markets like the one in the Plaza Mayor square in Madrid.

This celebration appears to have its origins in an event narrated by the Bible concerning King Herod and the innocents, although over the centuries it has evolved to become a boisterous day in which even the media usually reports on some outrageous and completely invented news story.
One of the most widespread jokes on this day is to stick a figure cut out of white paper on someone's back (without them realising). The word in Spanish for this practical joke is an "inocentada". And, in the numerous Christmas markets (usually located in the large squares in the cities) you can find a whole range of joke articles (wigs, itching powder, false ink…).
Many areas in Spain also have other typical local celebrations on 28 December. Examples include the festivity of Los Locos (or "lunatics") in Jalance (in Valencia, the mayor of the lunatics governs the town for 24 hours); the festivity of the Holy Innocents in Nogalte (in Murcia, with popular dancing and bands of singers); the Danza de Los Locos, or "dance of the lunatics" in Fuente Carreteros (in Cordoba); the "Obispillo", or "little bishop" (celebrated in places such as Burgos, Palencia and Murcia, where a small boy is chosen to carry out the functions of the bishop for one day); and the "Festa dels Enfarinats" de Ibi (in Alicante, involving a "battle" fought with eggs, flour and firecrackers).

HAPPY INNOCENT SAINTS DAY

BOXING DAY - 26th DECEMBER



In Britain, Boxing Day is usually celebrated on the following day after Christmas Day, which is 26 December.
Like Christmas Day, Boxing Day is a public holiday. This means is it typically a non working day in the whole of Britain.
Tradicionally, 26 December was the day to open the Christmas Box to share the contents to the poor.

WHAT HAPPENS ON BOXING DAY IN ENGLAND?

- Boxing Day hunts: tradicionally Boxing Day is a day for fox hunting.Horse riders dressed in red and white riding gear, accompanied by a number of dogs called foxhounds, chase de fox through the countryside in the hope of tiring it out.
- Family time:It is a day of watching sports and playing board games with the family.
- Shopping: In recent times,some shops have broken from tradition and started opening on Boxing Day to start the New Year sales.Hundreds of people spend Boxing Day morning in queues outside shops, waiting to be the first to dive for the sales racks as the doors opened.


CHRISTMAS DAY IN BRITAIN

Christmas presents are opened on Christmas Day.

Opening Christmas Stocking Presents
Christmas Day is the favourite day for children. They wake up very early in the morning to find their stockings have been filled by Father Christmas and excitedly unwarp the presents before going down to breakfast.

The Main Presents
Family presents are opened either late morning or during the afternoom.The family gather together to open the presents found under the Christmas tree.


Why do we  give each other presents on Christmas Day?
The tradition of giving gifts is thought to be related to the gifts that the wise man (the Magi) brought to Jesus.

TRADITIONAL ACTIVITIES ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN BRITAIN

Church service
Many Christians will go to the church to sing carols and to  celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. More people attend the church on this day than any other day of the year. People put on  their best clothes to go to church.




Christmas Dinner and Christmas Tea

The whole family sit down for Christmas Dinner at middday.
Early evening they have a Christmas Tea.

Christmas Crackers


The pulling of Christmas Crackers often accompanies food on Christmas Day.



MERRY CHRISTMAS

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THIS IS CHRISTMAS






Practise1234567,
8 (Presents), 9 (Hangman), 10 (crosswords), 11 (Listening), 12 (Hangman)

Great Christmas videos 

Explore the awesome Xmas Fun! (includes great games!)


Sing the most popular Christmas Carols
More carols and songs: 12
and lots of songs with activities







CHRISTMAS IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE

Christmas tree lighting ceremony




Each year since 1947, a Christmas tree has been given to the people of London from the people of Norway in gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during World War II. For many Londoners the Christmas tree and carol singing in Trafalgar Square signal the countdown to Christmas.
The 2017 Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Thursday 7th December in Trafalgar square at 6pm. As the event is quite popular it is best to arrive early for a viewing position.

About the tree


The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is usually a Norwegian spruce (Picea abies) over 20 metres high and 50-60 years old. It is selected from the forests surrounding Oslo with great care several months, even years, in advance. The Norwegian foresters who look after it describe it fondly as 'the queen of the forest'.
The tree is felled in November during a ceremony in which the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo participate. It is brought to the UK by sea, then completes its journey by lorry. A specialist rigging team erects it in the square using a hydraulic crane. It is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, with vertical strings of lights - energy-efficient light bulbs are used.




CHRISTMAS PUDDING RACE

The 37th Great Christmas Pudding Race will take place on 2nd December 2017
The Great Christmas Pudding Race has been a London annual event since 1980 and is included in my Top 10 Things to Do in London at Christmas.
Teams of contestants wearing fancy dress have to run around Covent Garden piazza while trying to balance a Christmas pudding on a plate! Obstacles, such as balloons full of flour, are put in their way to make it even more fun to watch. It's a charity event to raise money for Cancer Research.




ST ANDREW'S DAY - 30th NOVEMBER

The National Day of Scotland

When is St Andrew's Day?
St Andrew's Day is on 30 November.
St Andrew's Day is celebrated in Scotland on 30 November, in honour of St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.

What does the flag of St Andrew look like?

                                                   St Andrew's flag is also the flag of Scotland

Who was St Andrew?
St. Andrew was one of Christ's twelve apostles. Some of his bones are said to have been brought to what is now St. Andrews in Fife during the 4th century. Since medieval times the X-shaped saltire cross upon which St. Andrew was supposedly crucified has been the Scottish national symbol.

What is the national emblems of Scotland?
The national emblem and national flower of Scotland is the thistle, a prickly-leaved purple flower which was first used in the 15th century as a symbol of defence.
The Scottish Bluebell is also seen as the flower of Scotland.

What is the National Dress of /Scotland?
The national dress of Scotland is a kilt with shirt, waistcoat and tweed jacket, stockings with garter flashes, brogue shoes and a sporran.

  

Try this online quiz about St. Andrew





ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 29, with live performances from 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Thousands will crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions will watch it live across the globe. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9pm on January 7, 2018.






PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE


Prince Harry 'thrilled' after announcing he is to marry Meghan Markle




Prince Harry has said he is “thrilled” after announcing that he is to marry the American actor Meghan Markle next spring.
Congratulations have flooded in for the couple, who appeared in public for a photoshoot at Kensington Palace on Monday afternoon, hours after making their engagement public.
Holding hands, the couple spoke briefly. Harry, wearing a navy blue suit and matching tie, said he was “thrilled, over the moon”. He declined to give details about the engagement, which happened this month in London, but joked: “Of course it was romantic.” Asked when he knew Markle was “the one”, he said: “The very first time we met.”
Markle, wearing a white wrap coat, displayed her engagement ring and said she was “so very happy”, rubbing Harry’s arm affectionately as the couple smiled for the cameras.

1º ESO - UNIT 3



SPORTS


1, 2, 3

ADVERBS OF FRECUENCY


Go, Do or Play?

Learn: 123


Practise: 12345 (video activity)

Guess the sports



STIR - UP SUNDAY - 26th NOVEMBER


The last Sunday of the Christian Church Year. A traditional day to make the Christmas pudding.

CHRISTMAS  PUDDING DAY

Stir-up Sunday is the traditional day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst making a wish.
Before Christmas pudding were sold ready-made in foil containers, there were always made at home. They were made a month before Christmas day so the flavours had plenty of time to develop befoere Christmas.



BLACK FRIDAY

In this video students have to do some multiple choice activities, the first one has to do with Thanksgiving and Black Friday's meanings whereas the other is related to some vocabulary aspects that the virtual teacher asks students to decide, from three possible answers which is the RIGHT answer.





WORLD HELLO DAY - 21st NOVEMBER

November 21, 2017 is the 45th annual World Hello Day. Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace.

World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.

People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.
31 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are among the people who have realized World Hello Day's value as an instrument for preserving peace and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.
    Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, work together to promote this annual global event.


UNIT 2 - 2º ESO






Let's do some exercises!!



Past Simple vs. Continuous Games: 1,


"Jealous guy" - John Lennon:




What were they doing in the mural City Life by Victor Mikhail Arnautoff?




1º ESO - UNIT 2


Practise the 3rd. Singular Form: 123456 (-s and Daily routines)

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7






1, 2, 3


MY HOUSE


Vocabulary 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

My family's House 1, 2, 3, 4


TALK ABOUT YOUR HOUSE/FLAT


 GAMES


DECORATE






THERE WAS / THERE WERE - 2º ESO



There was / were: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

PAST SIMPLE - REGULAR VERBS (Listen, read and do the activities)

PAST SIMPLE - IRREGULAR VERBS (Listen, rean and do the activities)

WORLD TEACHERS' DAY - 5th OCTOBER

The slogan for World Teachers’ Day 2017 is “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.
Over 100 countries express their teacher appreciation by observing World Teachers' Day. The efforts of many parents and teachers’ organizations have contributed to this widespread recognition. Every
year, public awareness campaigns are launched to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.
On this day, teachers, and organizations worldwide mobilise to ensure that the needs of future generations are taken into consideration in this increasingly complex, multicultural and technological world.

According to UNESCO, World Teachers' Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and teacher appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that these professionals make to education and development.









FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN - 23rd SEPTEMBER


On 22 or 23 September, the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal in all parts of the world.
This day is known as the autumnal equinox.
The Reason for the Seasons
Many people think that some parts of the year are hotter because we're nearer to the Sun, but the real reason is that the Earth is wonky (tilted).
Why do we have seasons?
We have seasons because the earth is tilted (wonky) as it makes its yearly journey around the sun.
The Earth's tilt
The Earth's axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees. This means that the Earth is always "pointing" to one side as it goes around the Sun. So, sometimes the Sun is in the direction that the Earth is pointing, but not at other times. The varying amounts of sunlight around the Earth during the year, creates the seasons.
The tilt of the Earth's AXIS is the most important reason why seasons occur.
We have hot summers and cold winters because of the tilt of the Earth's axis.
The tilt of the Earth means the Earth will lean towards the Sun (Summer) or lean away from the Sun (Winter) 6 months later. In between these, Spring and Autumn will occur.
Autumn
The north pole begins to move away from the Sun. The Sun rises lower in the sky so the days start getting shorter. When the Sun is at its mid-point in the sky, we reach the 'autumn equinox', around 22 September. Day and night are both 12 hours long and its the beginning of autumn.