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Learning the Present Simple

Hello Year 4-

You’ve been working hard this week to understand what the present simple is, and how to form it.  Here are some videos and exercises to help you practice at home!


Here is some vocabulary that you will need to discuss your routines.

Now, practice what you reviewed by clicking on the picture below to do the exercises.

We hope you like these activities!  Leave us a comment and let us if they were helpful.

Have a good weekend.

Manolo and Lindley

Happy Holidays!

Christmas break is finally here!!  You all deserve a great rest to recover from your intense work this term and to prepare for all the exciting new challenges in term two.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season with friends and family!  We look forward to seeing you in  the New Year and new decade, at that!  Happy Holidays!

Manolo and Lindley


A Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Part of the fun of learning other languages is sharing cultural traditions – after all why learn the language if you can’t also appreciate the culture?

To that end, we celebrated the American holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28th.  We spent the day discussing the history of the holiday (the help the Pilgrims got from the Native Americans learning to plant and harvest food in the New World) traditional foods that Americans eat on this holiday, (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and of course, pumpkin pie!) and what Americans do and and watch (American football and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.)

In Year 1 and Year 2, we also took a moment to reflect on how lucky we are and the things we are grateful for.  We wrote our messages of thanks and hung them on our «Thanksgiving tree.»

Finally, to round off our celebration, we shared mini pumpkin pies with whipped cream.  The sweet treat was a hit, so here is the recipe for anyone who is interested!  Bon Appétit!



Es conveniente empezar diciendo que el puré de calabaza en Estados Unidos se compra ya enlatado, sin embargo en España la compramos como verdura fresca y la asamos o cocemos. El método más rápido para asarla es lavarla bien, cortarla en trozos. Desplegar papel de aluminio o papel vegetal en una bandeja del horno y poner los trozos bocabajo. Una vez asados, se separan de la cáscara fácilmente con una cuchara. Después, la batimos o licuamos con ayuda de algún aparato. ¡Ahora ya está todo listo para comenzar!


  • 500 gr de puré de calabaza
  • 500 ml de leche evaporada
  • 3 huevos
  • 20 gr azúcar blanca
  • 2 gr de sal
  • 6 gr de canela molida
  • 2 gr de nuez moscada molida
  • 4 de jengibre molido
  • 2 de clavo molido (opcional)
  • 1 Masa de hojaldre ya hecho


Mezclar en un bol el azúcar, la sal y las especias. A continuación, batir los huevos y añadirlos. Remover y añadir poco a poco la leche evaporada. Cuando esté todo mezclado, añadimos el puré de calabaza. Extender la masa en un recipiente para horno y poner la mezcla encima del hojaldre. Meter al horno a 170/180 º unos 50 o 60 minutos hasta que se vea cuajada. Se puede comprobar la textura con un tenedor o palillo de dientes. Si observamos que los filos de la masa se están quemando o dorando en exceso, podemos poner papel de aluminio en los bordes para prevenirlo. Podéis disfrutarla aún más añadiendo a la hora de servirla nata montada.

¡Espero que os guste!

Lindley McCarthy


All about holidays!

Who doesn’t love a good holiday?  This is a great topic to study since most people love having holidays.  Revise the videos below to learn some important vocabulary to plan you next holiday or to talk about your last holiday! (Remember in American English, we usually talk about vacations- a synonym for holidays.)

This video gives great advice for writing and talking about holidays.  Watch it to learn how to improve the quality of your speaking and writing.

For extra credit, write a GOOD, ON-LEVEL TEXT about your last holiday.  Be sure to include the answers to these questions.  You have until December 4th to give us your text.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Lindley and Manolo

50/50 Challenge

Hello Year 5- As promised here is information to help you prepare for our fifty / fifty challenge!  We will learn the 50 provinces in Spain and the USA together.




Here are some songs to help you revise and an interactive game to practice.  Have fun!  We’ll do our Challenge Test in January after Christmas vacation!


Click on the game below to put your knowledge to the test!

Let us know if you have any questions!  Good luck and have fun!

Lindley and Manolo