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Medieval Death

The University of Cambridge offers Medieval Studies among its International Summer Programmes. In August 2017, it included two courses about The Black Death and Medieval Death and Dying that I attended thanks to the Erasmus+ project of my school. Although probably not every one agrees, these topics can be interesting not only for scholars, but also for secondary students. In a time when walking dead and forensic research are increasingly present in the entertainment and popular culture, some school activities could be developed from those topics. Let’s see some possible sources to study medieval death.

The following text is extracted from Life and miracles of Saint Modwenna written in Latin by Geoffrey of Burton in the 12th century:

«[…] That very same day on which they were interred they appeared at evening, while the sun was still up, at Drakelow, carrying on their shoulders the wooden coffins in which they had been buried. The whole following night they walked through the paths and fields of the village, now in the shape of men carrying wooden coffins on their shoulders, now in the likeness of bears or dogs or other animals. They spoke to the other peasants […]»

This photo pictures a medieval shrine showing holes for touching the relics presumably of Saint Osmund, who died in 1099, and it is kept at Salisbury Cathedral.

This article about the Black Death explains the huge impact of the plague on the medieval European people. This summary is a good introduction to know more about the Black Death in the past and in recent times. This presentation is useful for visual learners and updates the information available about the Black Death from the last research.

This archeological research can be the base for a forensic case study on medieval bones.

Thomas Becket’s story in Anento (Zaragoza)

If you are teaching the MECD-British Council integrated curriculum, you know how interesting can be using elements to make a strong British-Spanish connection for your students. Some are well known, like the story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, but some are not. The altarpiece of the small village of Anento in Zaragoza province, Aragon, has one of these less known connections. It is a gothic masterpiece painted by Blasco de Grañén in the 15th century which shows three stories about our Lady of Mercy, Saint Blaise and Saint Thomas Becket. Yes, Thomas Becket, the saint of Canterbury appears here and this is because his murder was a prefiguration of the problems the archbishops of Zaragoza faced at the beginning of the 15th century, a time of political instability in the Crown of Aragon. If you want to know more about this beautiful altarpiece, you can read this book, in Spanish, M.C. Lacarra, Retablo de San Blas, de la Virgen de la Misericordia y de Santo Tomás Becket de la iglesia parroquial de Anento (Zaragoza).

The whole story of Saint Thomas Becket

The whole story of Saint Thomas Becket

Murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury

Murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury.

Talks for teachers from some conferences.

A wonderful thing about this global online world we are living in is that we can get access to some teacher training events which were recorded and uploaded to some websites. If you are interested in watching a couple of talks from two different conferences you can follow these links.

The first one is from the ELT British Conference held in Madrid on 1st October 2016 and is related to CLIL. Rebecca Place presents the idea of bringing the knowledge from outside the school into the lessons.

The second one is from the EdmodoCon held in San Mateo, California, USA, on 2th and 3rd August 2016. Stephanie Ward underlines the importance of sharing what happened in the class to the rest of the world.



Discoveries, explorers and rulers of the sea at Naveluna

A small project about the discoveries and explorers of the Early Modern Era in Social Science. The pupils could choose their task: a storyboard, a fictional diary or an oral description of a painting.


There is a presentation that summarises the work of the students. You can download it in the following link: Students work Sociales Naveluna 2

This project was part of an interdisciplinary one built around Mathematics and Astronomy, called Naveluna, at IES Pedro de Luna, Zaragoza.


Science on Stage publication

The science of football.

What is the perfect curve of a ball’s trajectory, what must the ideal turf be like, and what’s the CO2 balance of the UEFA European Championship?

Football offers a great variety of questions and issues for your STEM classes: 20 teachers from 15 European countries developed twelve teaching units, presenting interesting experiments around football for biology, chemistry, computer sciences, maths and physics. From the measurement of the mass of the air inside the ball, to the influence of energy drinks on the performance of the players up to calculating the chance of scoring during a penalty shoot-out the brochure contains a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary challenges for secondary school students. The various teaching units encourage them to discover the natural scientific phenomena behind the popular game.

>>>>Click on the link<<<<


Haz clic en el enlace para ver los vídeos que han grabado en el IES BAJO CINCA sobre HAMLET.

Se puede bajar el vídeo en este enlace


Understanding geometry in a playful way – Learning by doing in mathematics

Geometrie mit den Händen spielerisch begreifen - Learning by doing in der Mathematik

Who was not intimidated by solid geometry? Drawing three dimensional objects on paper with all their geometrical characteristics is often a challenge for students. However with simple materials from a DIY store (Do It Yourself store) and the instructions which you will find in this teaching unit, you will find that geometry becomes more intuitive. Jimmy Serment and Thierry Dias from Switzerland present their project about tactile mathematics for which they received the Science Teacher Award during the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

Find the material here for download.


Learning by doing in mathematics

workshop learning by doing in mathematics

0-step by step with templates

3D files for rigid connectors

infernal pyramid


double cubic ball

New BC/MECD curriculum for language and literacy

Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte - Gobierno de España


Here is a direct link to the recently published pdf «Spanish English primary integrated curriculum. Language and Literacy«

Here are the infants and secondary curriculum documents:


>>>Currículo integrado hispano-británico para educación infantil y orientaciones para su desarrollo<<<<


>>>>Integrated Curriculum for Secondary Education English – Years 1 and 2<<<<

CLIL subjects

>>>Integrated Curriculum for Secondary Education Natural Science, Years 1 and 2<<<<

>>>Integrated Curriculum for Secondary Education. Social Sciences, Years 1 and 2<<<<

>>>>Pedagogical Guidelines Primary: Science, Geography, History<<<<



Physical Education Teaching Resources. Unidad Carrera de Larga Duración.

                                                                              CLD Resources

Grupo de Bilingüismo. Departamento de Educación Física. San José de Calasanz, Barbastro.

Famous migrants

This is an activity that was already uploaded to this website, but it was not available anymore due to some problems the website experienced. So, we have it here again. It is a non typical approach to migration that can be used for Geography or English lessons.

Famous migrants

Here, you can get the powerpoint:

FAMOUS-MIGRANTS Aragonbilingue version

Here, you can get the worksheets: