60 Anniversary of The European Union

grupo-en-la-sala-de-profesoresCarmen Nieves Hernández and her 1º ESO students  celebrated that the European Union soon will be 60 years old.

The EU has done a lot to support, promote and develop learning, education and training across Europe. The Erasmus programes in schools, and universities are great examples of these policies. We can find examples of good practices, exchange ideas, and get to know people from other countries:

“when you know a place, you start loving it”

This group of 12 year old students is going to explain which countries founded the European Union, other member states that joined later, and why it was created.


Treasure Hunt in La Laguna

2nd Year Students in CLIL groups have been “treasure hunting” this week through La Laguna World Heritage Town. They went out in groups, provided with their mobile phones, QR code readers and lots of energy!. They encountered difficult weather conditions, solved maths problems, and puzzling questions in their trip to the past. They all did a great work. Congratulations! Here are some of the selfies to prove their work.

Congratulations to Elena Rodríguez who created the document, and to all the CLIL teachers who provided the different questions to the quiz: Mari Carmen Domínguez, Diego Márquez,  Patricia Guillama, Patricia Pintor, Judith Fernández and other CLIL teachers. Special thanks to Kalina Nikolova, our Language Assistant and Carlos Manadé, the monk, the Practicum student.

Nos élèves à Paris et en Normandie

Les élèves du lycée Cabrera Pinto ont pu découvrir la cathédrale de Rouen en Normandie et les tableaux du peintre impressionniste Manet au musée d’Orsay (Paris).

Monet avait peint cette  cathédrale de Rouen à des  moments différents de la journée pour voir l’influence de la lumière sur le même monument.

On a pu parcourir la Côte Normande, dont Étretat, et voir comment les impressionnistes Monet et Courbet ont représentés ces paysages dans leurs tableaux, qui sont exposés au musée d’Orsay. 

Un paysage impressionnant sur une peinture impressionniste : les falaises, la mer, la plage, le ciel, la lumière, les couleurs…

Dans le programme culturel il y avait aussi Honfleur et la maison de Sati, Rouen et le musée de Jeanne d’Arc.

On a fait un jeu de pistes à Veules-les Roses y on a aussi découvert la Normandie agricole.

À Paris, on a complété le parcours culturel avec la visite de la Tour Eiffel, Le Louvre, le Sacré-Cœur, Notre-Dame, le centre Georges Pompidou et Opéra.

Healthy Habits in the Family

During the first term 3rd YEAR CLIL  students have been working on HEALTH. They have done different activities in the CLIL subjects: English, PE, Biology, Classical Studies.

In English they have recorded a video about “Healthy Habits in the Family”.

They watched the video “Penelope in the tree house” and, from that, students did their own project.  Here are some of the videos


grupo-bachillerato.jpgBy Nayra Bajo de Vera

captura-de-pantalla-2017-02-12-a-las-7-33-23We all know what the European Union is, but do we really know about its origin?

When The Second World War finished, Europe was completely devastated, not only on account of human losses but also material damages. The political and economical power of these countries collapsed, especially in Germany. Resentment and mistrust between the states did not leave place for reconciliation.


Robert Schuman, Finance, Foreign affairs and later Prime minister in France, defended the creation of Occidental Germany. He was German, French and Luxembourger, fact that utterly helped him so as to understand the complexity of the European conflicts and to quickly develop interest for achieving its unification. He managed to convince other European leaders. Their objective was to create a unique authority and in that way to control their productions of steel and coal. Hopefully, another war would not be possible. This is considered the beginning of the European construction as it was the first official proposal of integration in Europe. Speaking in Strasbourg, 16 May 1949 he claimed,

We are carrying out a great experiment, the fulfillment of the same recurrent dream that for ten centuries has revisited the peoples of Europe: creating between them an organization putting an end to war and guaranteeing an eternal peace.” 

This declaration created a new movement against the nationalist tendencies during this period. In addition, they developed the will of building a continent based on freedom and justice which would make the European international relations more peaceful. At the same time, the inhabitants of these nations were aware of their own weakness after the rise of the two new superpowers: USA and The Soviet Union.

In 1951, the Treaty that institutionalizes the European Community of Steel and Coal is signed by Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg and they started exchanging raw materials, which is the first union that has ever existed between European countries.

After this event, some more treaties concerning European countries’ economy and relations were signed (The European Community of Defense, during the Cold War). Then, the EU was created in 1993 with The Union of the Three Props, including only 3 of the 28 states nowadays comprise the EU, with the aim of getting a more powerful coin than the American dollar, to facilitate trade, traveling, alliances, education projects and to get a united army.


Treaty of Paris, Steel and Coal Union.

28 countries are EU members

grupo-b-para-bloggrupo bachillerato.jpggrupo-en-sala-profesoresWHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ?

 On 18th April 1951, six countries, Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and The Netherlands signed a treaty to run their coal and steel industries under a common management. That way, countries would collaborate and peace could be guaranteed.

The European Economic Union was created some years later, in 1957, after the “Treaty of Rome” a common market where countries  could collaborate economically and politically in order to secure lasting peace.

This means the EU will soon be 60 years old!

For this reason, 1º ESO students in the CLIL program, together with their teacher Carmen N. Hernández Brito, have prepared some presentations with information about the countries in the European Union. 

“The more I know you, the more I love you”

You can click on them, to find out interesting things about these countries.


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New EU members from 1973 to 1995

In 1973 three countries entered the EU: Denmark, Ireland and The United Kingdom.

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In 1981 a Mediterranean country, Greece entered the EU



In 1986  some southern countries, Portugal and Spain joined too.


captura-de-pantalla-2016-12-10-a-las-6-44-57In 1995 three northern countries also became member states: Austria, Finland and Sweden.

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captura-de-pantalla-2016-12-10-a-las-8-45-43DON’T MISS THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE LAST COUNTRIES THAT JOINED IN

Exposiciones orales de los alumnos después de nuestro Job Shadowing en Francia

Nuestros colegas de Bachibac del Instituto Charles de Gaulle de Caen (Francia), así como los profesores de Francés y Filosofía compartieron con nosotros su metodología sobre la presentación de una exposición oral argumentada.


Dicha metodología consiste en hacer una introducción, en la que se se formula  una problemática sobre un tema y se  anuncia un plan de presentación de  los argumentos.

Para el desarrollo de su exposición el alumnado puede recurrir a varios procedimientos:

-Dialéctico: tesis y antítesis que matice el posicionamiento.

-Analítico y comparativo: ventajas/inconvenientes, diferencias/ similitudes, problemas /soluciones.

-Cronológico: comentario sobre ese aspecto a lo largo de la historia.

Todos los argumentos tendrán que ser acompañados por ejemplos que ayudarán a enriquecer la presentación.

En la conclusión final el alumnado debe dar una respuesta a la problemática presentada en la introducción.

Como caso práctico recibimos en la clase de francés a los representantes educativos de nuestra comunidad autónoma: La Consejera de Educación y el Director General de Personal, la Inspección Educativa Canaria y de la Académie de Nice y la Embajada Francesa que querían descubrir in situ cómo se formaban los alumnos en el Bachibac.


Como práctica oral en lengua francesa los alumnos también presentaron los museos y las distintas dependencias de nuestro instituto. Una prueba de fuego y un buen entrenamiento para el examen oral de la prueba externa bachibac.

El 9 de noviembre de 2016 recibimos la visita de 30 Inspectores Canarios, Belgas y Franceses que participan en otro programa Erasmus EEPI.

Los alumnos de 1º y 2º de Bachibac presentaron oralmente el programa bilingüe y el Instituto.