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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.

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.


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<<<<



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:


Estancia profesional en el Reino Unido

Entre el 4 y el 17 de octubre de 2015, la profesora Elvira García Arnal, del IES Pedro de Luna de Zaragoza, ha realizado una estancia profesional de dos semanas en la Fairfield High School, de Peterchurch, Hereford, Reino Unido, dentro del programa de estancias profesionales del MECD.


La estancia ha sido una experiencia grata que ha permitido a los alumnos de español de Fairfield un contacto más directo con la lengua que estudian y a la profesora española observar la metodología con la que trabajan los profesores de Geografía y de Historia en un centro inglés, aspecto primordial dentro de la enseñanza bilingüe de currículo integrado (MEC-British Council). Agradecemos de nuevo la colaboración y amabilidad de la comunidad educativa de la Fairfield High School y especialmente del profesorado de MFL y Humanities para que esta estancia haya sido posible.

A continuación  hay varios enlaces a materiales elaborados tras esta estancia profesional:

Peterchurch UK for Aragonbilingue

Poppies in the UK after professional stay

Men who lived in Wales

Joanna Mad Queen or Victim

Juan de Lanuza patriot or rebel

Philip II prudent king or evil ruler

Cardiff reveals

Bristol reveals

También se puede ver una presentación en inglés sobre esta estancia en el siguiente enlace:

Professional stay at Fairfield

Y la colaboración en el blog de Estancias profesionales de Educalab (MECD):

Entradilla en el blog de Estancias Profesionales






Urban change across England

This is an activity to learn about urban redevelopment across England. We focus on four areas: Ipswich Waterfront, Old Harwich, London Docklands and Olympic Stratford.

Redevelopment image


Use the following link to download a powerpoint presentation about this topic, it includes photos and activities.

Redevelopment in four areas of England

Land uses in two different areas

This is an activity to learn about economic activities and land uses in Harwich and East Berghol. Use the following link to download a powerpoint presentation about this topic, it includes photos and activities.

Land use in two different areas

Land use

Bikes in London & Zaragoza

This is an activity to know more about bicycles and cyclists in two different cities:

London (UK) and Zaragoza (Spain)