A message from Poppy Middleton

Having returned to England in June of 2017, I moved to London and now work in a translation company. However, with plans to return permanently to Barcelona in 2018 and with all the fond memories I have of Terra Alta, I decided it was time for a visit in April 2018. I booked a flight and set off towards Cataluña for a 5 day trip. I spent a few days in Barcelona, Tortosa and Xerta, before returning to Batea to visit the school on Tuesday 17th April.

 

Upon entering the school it was as if I had never left, and I was greeted with the beaming smiles of the children and teachers as they came to meet me for a catch up! I was overwhelmed with the kind and welcoming reception, it’s always like coming home to a distant but warm family. I was especially amazed at how the youngest children remembered me and even called “Poppy!!” to me from across the sunny playground. I watched the primary school children perform a play for the exchange students and smiled as they organised themselves; they’d all grown so much. Next, I joined Guillermo Morato and the 4th Eso students as they showed the German exchange students around the town. I enjoyed hearing the students chatting to the German children in both Spanish and English, and was impressed by how much their language skills had developed. Many of the students approached me individually and would confidently talk to me in English, something that I was proud of them for and which I knew had been a challenge for many of them. I climbed the cathedral tower with the students and we spent a while looking out over the region- I couldn’t have felt more relaxed up there!

 

I returned to the school and decided to sneak into the 2nd Eso students’ classroom to surprise them and take part in their English lesson. I loved hearing how enthusiastic they were to tell me about their stories from their trip to Italy and I played English games with them. Their level of English had advanced so much and they were very happy to be nattering away, which I was amazed by! I then participated in the 3rd Eso students’ class with Teresa Castello as they held a debate. It struck me that they had each grown in their ideas and had become more focused as to what paths they wanted to follow after they finished their studies at school. In a political and cultural climate as charged as the one that currently exists in Spain and indeed in the modern world as a whole, I found it very refreshing to see teachers encouraging open communication and realised that this was a unique moment in which we gained insight into the students’ perspective.

I had a tour round the new classrooms such as the ‘Neus Catala’ class, and particularly liked the motivational and literary quotes on the walls. The classrooms have become more specialised to the subject areas and I think the appealing features on the walls, such as maps, books and posters, have a big impact on the atmosphere in the classes.

 

I spent time on the patio at break and caught up with all the teachers and staff, reminiscing and joking about the memories we have of last year. I felt honoured that I could be part of their school experience. After saying my goodbyes I returned to Tortosa, and flew home the following day, with fresh memories and renewed enthusiasm about returning to Spain. I hope the end of the year runs smoothly and that both the students and teachers enjoy the well deserved summer which is just around the corner! I often think of Batea and hope that the teachers and students know they can reach out to me whenever! I will be back in Spain in September and will definitely be visiting again then  🙂

Best wishes from England,

Poppy

LA FONTCALDA

Ahir dia 6 d’abril els alumnes de 3r i 4t de l’escola vam realitzar la sortida “Coneix la Terra Alta” juntament amb els xiquets i xiquetes de la comarca. Després de treballar prèviament la fauna i la flora de la zona, vam poder recollir mostres de fulles i observar com alliberaven un aligot i unes quantes perdius. Ens ho vam passar molt bé!

ELS PINTORS INVESTIGUEN

Al llarg d’aquest segon trimestre, els alumnes de la classe, hem creat grups d’investigadors i hem estat investigant la vida i l’obra d’alguns pintors que vam escollir: Vincent Van Gogh, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí i Andy Warhol. Primer vam decidir quin pintor volia investigar cadascun de nosaltres i així vam crear els grups. Després vam acordar què buscaríem cada grup sobre cada pintor.

Un cop decidit tot plegat, ens vam posar a investigar. Amb l’ajuda dels llibres que havíem portat i d’internet, vam anar trobant allò què buscàvem, tot i que alguns cops, ens vam adonar que no tot el què busquem ho podem trobar.

Un cop recollida la informació que necessitàvem, vam crear cada grup el seu mural. Finalment, hem compartit amb els companys tot el què hem après sobre el nostre pintor, i així, gràcies a la feina de tots, hem pogut descobrir i conèixer moltes coses interessants!

Tot seguit us deixem un recull de com hem treballat investigant, classificant la informació i compartint-la amb els companys:

 

Tarde de refranys a la Residència

Aquest mes, els alumnes de Primària de Religió, hem anat a la residència d’ancians a jugar a un joc que ens havien preparat per a que aprenguem què són els refranys i conèixer-ne uns quants. Després, hem jugat tots plegats al penjat i la temàtica era el nom de tots els ancians que passen aquestes estones amb nosaltres.
En aquesta visita hem vist que els nostres amics ancians tenen moltes coses per ensenyar-nos i que són molt savis!!!
Aquí teniu un petit recull del bé que ens ho vam passar:

A 3r hem estudiat Egipte

Des del mes d’octubre, els alumnes de tercer de primària, hem estat fent el projecte de l’Antic Egipte. Aquesta setmana hem acabat de fer les exposicions i l’hem donat per finalitzat. Si el voleu consultar està a la biblioteca del centre.

En aquest Animoto podeu veure el nostre treball.

Projecte amb la residència

Els alumnes de Religió de la Comunitat de Mitjans i de Grans, vam anar a la residència per passar una jornada jugant amb els nostres amics ancians al Bingo. Vam repartir els cartrons, vam cantar els números, vam ajudar als ancians a que no perdessin tallada del joc, vam competir per veure qui guanyava…en definitiva, una estona molt divertida plena d’emocions i de somriures!!!

Aquí teniu una mostra del bé que ens ho vam passar

Dia de la Pau

Com cada any, el 30 de gener a l’escola celebrem el dia de la Pau! A la Plaça del poble, organitzem activitats per recollir diners per a una ONG, que aquest any és ACNUR. Participem a una cursa solidària pels carrers de Batea i, els que volen, després poden fer una cursa! Esmorzem plegats i, aquest any, hem fet una paradeta de llibres que contenien missatges de pau fets pels alumnes del nostre centre!