English with Mr Felix ‘supersonic’ Baumgartner :-)

After seeing and cheering Felix Baumgartner‘s incredible supersonic jump on Sunday, and knowing that my young classes would be equally excited, I decided that I would incorporate his flight into a few of  this week’s lessons. 🙂

I started with the first classes yesterday.  Some of the children had already seen the jump and so a foundation of excitement had already been laid.

The first video shown was the jump’s promo video.

After watching it, we froze on Felix’s face and worked on simple ‘face features’ with this worksheet. Then we moved on to drawing Felix’s face in an astronaut’s helmet template.

We finished up this part of the lesson by shooting a video of the kids responding to the question, ‘What’s your name?’. They held up the masks to their faces and answered, ‘My name is Felix.’

During my lessons with other children this week, I will also include some footage of the actual jump .

Along with this great Lego version. 🙂

Where the wild things are – Day 1

What a great start to the week’s activities! We kicked off the course outdoors with a ‘question time’ circle.  The questions being asked on this first morning were:

  • What’s your name?
  • How old are you?
  • Where are you from?
  • What is this? – While indicating to something.
  • What’s your favourite colour?
  • Can yo show me something red? – Working through the basic colour list.
  • What’s your favourite animal?

We then went inside and the children were introduced to this week’s book: Where the wild things are by  Maurice Sendak. We started off our book activities by looking at the difference between the concepts of real and make-believe, which was easy for the children to understand.  With our pencils, scissors and glue we completed our first worksheets. Dajana expanded this by having the children draw make-believe portraits of themselves and of each other. It was great fun. 🙂

The next topic concerned the difference between making mischief and having fun.  This was a little more difficult for the children to understand, but with the aid of scissors, glue pencils, laughter and imagination, we made good progress.

Next, we were off to the projector room where the children saw, and were read Where the wild things are. On the large screen and in great colour we transcended the language barrier, and the children enjoyed the book immensely.

Our indoor activities were brought to an end with the week’s first song; The Alphabet Song. Firstly, we ensured that the children knew the words and then it was back to the projection room for a Nintendo Wii enhanced karaoke session.  The kids loved this and were eager to pick up the microphones and battle it out.

Our morning ended outside with What’s the time, Mr Wolf? and  Policemen and Robbers. And then, the tired children were collected and taken home.

Where The Wild Things Are – Five mornings of wild English fun

Hooray, the ‘Where the wild things are week’ has been confirmed.  Next week Dajana Koćevar and I will be crossing oceans, delving into forests, meeting monsters, and eating suppers with a small group of excitable children.

We’ll be talking, writing, mind mapping, and creating all things wild. I am so looking forward to it.

Primary School – Happy Easter


Easter Mind Map JPeg.

Easter Mind Map .mm File.

Easter Worksheet.

Primary School – Animal Actions


Animal Actions JPEG.

Primary School – My Bedroom is only a little messy

My Messy Bedroom JPEG.

Primary School – British Coins


British Coins Mind Map JPEG.

British Coins Mind Map .mm File.

British Coins Worksheet.

Primary School – Animal Body Parts

Animal Body Parts JPEG.

Animal Body Parts Document with and without Labels.

Primary School – My Bedroom

My Bedroom Mind Map JPEG.

My Bedroom Mind Map .mm File.

My Bedroom Worksheet.

Primary School – Lesson Time

Lesson Time Mind Map JPEG.

Lesson Time Mind Map .mm File.

Lesson Time Worksheet.