Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

These beautiful murals are a tribute to Henri Matisse's collage
Matisse made this collage when he was 80 years old, as a model for a stained-glass window for a small church in Vence, France.
         I wish to thank the children of class 3A, 3B and 3C, with their teachers, Stella and Irma, for working with me to make these murals, and especially the art teacher Kathy Barbro who gave me the project idea. And of course, thanks also to Henri Matisse for all his wonderful masterpieces!!!
         The murals are beautiful, but also these kids singing Christmas carols with their lanterns are really beautiful!
Well, enjoy your holidays and... see you next year!

Henri Matisse


      How are you? Do you like Henri Matisse? I do!
Click on the picture of Matisse's sitting room and learn about his art - this site is really great!

Now you can watch my presentation of the artist:

More PowerPoint presentations from Chiara Mantegazza

I know it's quite difficult in English... If you're one of my Italian pupils, you can click on the Italian version:

Henri Matisse - versione Ital...

I really like Matisse!!!! And you?
Bye bye,

Clare - the Witch

Monday, December 19, 2011

My family comes from...

Hello, everyone!
             click on these maps of the world and see the different countries our families come from!
This map is about class 3B; click on it so that you can read it.
These are our flags:

And this map is about class 3C; click on it so that you can read it.

Look at the beautiful flags of our Countries:

If you like flags, click here and see more flags of the world:
Are you very very good at matching flags and Countries? Try this difficult game:
Wow! Too difficult for me...
Good night,

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jingle Bells

Hello, everyone!
          How are you? I'm fine. Christmas is getting nearer: let's sing the famous Jingle Bells!
Here you can read the lyrics while you sing (remember we learnt only the first stanza and the refrain at school)
Now go and bake some mince pies for Santa: you know he loves them! And don't forget carrots for the reindeer!
Bye bye!
Clare - the Witch

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The maple leaf

Hello, everyone!
         How are you? I'm fine. The weather is sunny today, but it's very cold!
This morning we finished our maple leaves at school: do you like them?

Thanks to Amin, Gaia, Giovanni, Antonio, Luca, Laura, Caterina, Mattia, Anita, Cecilia, Francesca, Aurora, Federica, Pino, Cristiano, Edoardo, Alessandro for letting me take a picture of their leaves!
And special thanks to Kathy Barbro, the art teacher who gave me this idea, 
Batik-esque Maple Leaf Drawing
By the way, the MAPLE LEAF is the symbol of Canada. Look at the Canadian flag:

Here are the sugar maple's bark, fruit, leaf and twig:
And with the delicious MAPLE SYRUP you can eat wonderful PANCAKES... Yum Yum!
I have to go now: I'm hungry and my sweet hot pancakes are ready!
Clare - the Witch

Monday, November 21, 2011

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Hi, everyone!
      How are you?
Do you like the book by Eric Carle and Bill Martin I read at school today? Now you can listen to the story again:
(If you are a teacher, you can find activities about this book in the page at the top of the screen: FOR EFL TEACHER - MIX)
      Good night,
Clare . the Witch

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Look at the picture and click on the name of the animal:
What's this animal? Click on the right word

Find the animals names:
Bye bye!
Clare - the Witch

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Hello, everybody!
       How are you? I'm fine.
Do you like animals? I do!
Listen and click on the right animal to find th way out of the maze (no reading required)
Click on the picture, then on The Animal Kingdom and learn to write animals names
Now click here and make your own dangerous animal (no reading required)
Listen to English children talking about their favourite animals: (no reading required) - it's difficult to understand, but do try!
Listen to a story about children living in a zoo: (no reading required)

If you want to learn more animals names, listen to this story: (no reading required)
I have to go now: my bat is hungry so we'll fly off into the night!
Bye bye,
Clare - the Witch