Aroa García Arias, Javier Martín Benavente, Teresa Nieto Peñas

-Scientific culture is a new subject. It consists in learning about the world around us by the elaboration of projects. This time our task was learning about new materials.

-The topics that the groups had to work about were: graphene, coltan, plastics, chewing gum and correction fluid.

– The aim of this project was to search information about materials discovered or created in the last few years and to make something visual for people to see it. All the groups did a very good job distributing the job and working in groups.

Here are the photographs of the posters that the groups did:

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DNA extraction in the lab

For our second lab practice this year, we went to the laboratory to extract and observe DNA from human and tomato cells. DNA is the desoxyribonucleic acid, and it is the molecule which contains our genetic information, the code to make us be humans, or tomatos, or any other living thing in this world! We also had the chance to use our microscopes again to observe a sample of the tomato cells we used for the extraction.

Although it was a difficult practice, and some of us could not see a perfect final result, we have enjoyed it a lot and learnt about new techniques and materials from the biology lab. We hope to come back soon for new experiments!

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NUTRITION PROJECTS – sugar, salt and fats in food and drinks.

During our lesson about eating and nutrition, we did a complete research project about the content of sugar, salt and saturated fats in typical food and drinks we have everyday.
First, we collected packages of products that we considered interested for the project, by analyzing the nutritional facts which you always can see in the package.

Then, we went to the lab, and made real measurements of the quantities of sugar, salt and fats of each of the products, using an electronic balance.

Then, we created the posters, so everyone could see and compare those quantities with the daily recommended intake of each of them.

We have learnt that we have to be very careful with our diet, because some products contain too much of these nutrients, that in high proportions can be dangerous and unhealthy for our bodies.

We hope you like and learn with this.

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Chromatography experiment

As we were studying our lesson related with the hydrosphere, we performed an experiment in class in order to analyze some of the properties of water. Then we all repeated it at home and made a presentation or video about it.
The experiment was a chromatography, to try to separate the different components of ink, by just using water. These were the results, we hope you like them!

If you want to see the full video that our classmate Miguel did about it, click here:

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OXFORD by Laura E and Marina Y

DAY ONE:  On the first day we travel in a bus from Valladolid to Madrid-Barajas airport, then we took a plane to London airport and finally we took another bus from London to Oxford. When we arrived to the school our host families were waiting for us and they took us to their home. They showed us the house and where we were going sleep.

DAY TWO:  The second day they were going to show us oxford, but as we were all scattered around in different houses. We had to make our way through Oxford, to the meeting point, that was Carfax Tower. A guide from the agency show us the most relevant places in Oxford, like the Oxford Library, some museums and Thames river were the oxford students practice boat racing .

DAY THREE: The third day we went to the Oxford Academy, at first hour the teacher there in charge of us took us in a tour through the school. It was really huge in comparison with this one. It had lots of football and basketball fields and a big rugby one. They had big laptops for students and each student had his or her own locker. In the music room they had a clavier and a violin for each student. And even the uniform was free. A curious thing is that although it was so big it had only half of the students in Ferrari. That day in the afternoon we were supposed to see Christ Church, but it was closed. So the activity was cancelled and we had free time in Oxford, so we went shopping.



DAY FOUR:  We had normal classes in the morning and in the afternoon we visited Christ Church, were some scenes of the film of Harry Potter were filmed.  Then we went ice skating, it was real fun and also most of the people fell at least once. Later we had dinner all together in a pizzahut, we ate until we were really full and we did not even finish all the pizzas, so we took some of them home.

DAY FIVE: On the fifth day after classes we did some sports with Andy our guide at school. But we did not took any photos.

DAY SIX: On sixth day we went to the Museum of natural history, in there we saw lots of fossils, dinosaurs… also visited the Museum of science history which was full of solar clocks, telescopes, compass and other useful instruments for the study of science.

DAY SEVEN: It was our last day of school so we had to say goodbye to our budys. It was the hardest part of our trip to Oxford. In the afternoon we were supposes to do a treasure hunt, but instead we went to see the Football stadium of the Oxford United FC, and the huge commercial centre that was built next to it.

DAY EIGHT: That Saturday we went to Stanford the city in which Shakespeare lived. We went to see a park with a lot of monuments dedicated to him and to his novel’s characters, the house in which he lived and the place in which he was buried. It took  us an hour more or less to see that and the rest of the afternoon 4 hours or so, we spent them in the McDonalds. For me it was the most boring day.

DAY NINE: The last day before our travel day to Spain, we went to London. It was really beautiful. In the morning we visited the British museum and then we visited other important places such as Trafalgar square, Convent Garden, the London Eye, the Big Ben… We spent all day going from one place to another, so we did not have free time, but it was worth it. I think London is incredibly awesome. The only thing that we did not have time to se was Buckingham Palace, what a pity.

DAY TEN: The last day arrived and we said goodbye to our host families and went to oxford to get the bus to go to London. We took the plane to Madrid, and a bus to Valladolid.

We were all so sad! We just could not believe we were leaving! We will miss it all and each other also a lot, because you believed or not those ten days made of us a big family.

Laura E and Marina Y

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Observing cells under a microscope.

We have spent a couple of days working in the Science Lab on a project related with our first lesson about “Cell structure”. For many of us, it was our first time in the laboratory performing an activity using microscopes and real lab material. It has been a great experience which we hope to repeat along the course.
Here you are some pictures of us, and the cells that we could see in the two samples that we prepared: onion epithelium and human cheek cells!!

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Dutch exchange SEPTEMBER 2016

Some memories from the Dutch exchange by Irene!

Follow the link our-dutch-exchange!!


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Our 4 ESO students have been ten days in Oxford. 

They have enjoyed at school with their buddies…

And have a great time in London!

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Here we go, a new school year has begun and there we go, fuelled by the summer energy!!!

USA trip began on the 16th of September, the group has gone to Macon, Georgia.

Have a look to what they are living!!!




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Following the tradition of performing short plays in year 1ESO, this year we have recorded two videos where you will be able to enjoy and laugh out loud with the crazy stories these students have performed. Don’t miss them!!
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