Saturday, December 22, 2012

At the Italian Restaurant

Hi, everybody!
        Watch this funny scene at the Italian Restaurant, starring our English friends learning Italian in Lincoln - UK, speaking Italian!

Clare - the Witch

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

Hi, everyone!
Look! A sleigh and a reindeer!! It's Santa! Yes, Santa Claus is coming to town!!!

Click and sing the traditional Christmas song you've learnt at school:
Oh yes, you really looked like angels singing this song!
Santa Claus is making a list and checking it twice:

And now sing Michael Bolton's rock version of the song:

Which one do you like best?
You certainly enjoyed dancing the rock one!
Wow! What a rock concert!!
Thank you and Merry Christmas from
 Clare - the Witch

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Il nostro Natale

Hello, everyone!
     How are you? I'm fine and everything is white outside my window: it's snowing!

My children of class 4B prepared this presentation about their Christmas traditions so as to compare them with British traditions.
I had some problems adding the audio in the two slides with the video... Listen to the slide audio first, then click on the video to watch it.

Il nostro Natale

More PowerPoint presentations from Chiara Mantegazza
Have a nice weekend!
Clare - the Witch

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Where's Fifi?

Hello, everyone!

         Watch this video of the story "Where's Fifi?" from Friends Forever 4 - Sue Mohamed - OUP, starring some of the children of class 4 B.
         Aren't they all really good actors?????????????

Clare - the Witch

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween in the UK

Hello, everybody!
Halloween is getting near! Watch this video our English Friends sent us and learn about Halloween traditions in the UK:
Is it difficult for you to understand?
Try watching it again reading the transcript of the text you can find and print clicking the pumpkin:

Or, if you want to get down to work, click the next pumpkin and print a fill-in-the-gaps exercise listening to the video:


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween party

 Thanks to Kathy Barbro for the great art ideas! (
Clare - the Witch

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Italian festivities: Ognissanti and Commemorazione dei Defunti

Hi, everyone!

        At school, we talked about Halloween and compared it with the Italian festivities of Ognissanti and Commemorazione dei Defunti. For our English Friends, we prepared this presentation:

La festa di Ognissanti e la Commemorazione dei Defunti

Tomorrow we're having our Halloween party at school: we might eat some "cassoeula" with our Halloween sweets!

Clare - the Witch

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Human Body

Hello, everybody!

          How are you? It's Friday today: why don't you click the pictures and play with English words relating to the HUMAN BODY?

If your teacher or another adult can help you, you can try also these games:

Well, now you've learnt many new words and you can play this game: write labels of the parts of the body, like this:

Now, using cello tape or glue (better not pins), stick the labels on your mum, dad, brother or sister!  

Unfortunately, also my daughter Sarah - the little witch, wanted to play this game:

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Our English Friends' School

Hello, everyone!

       Watch the video and meet our English friends and their school in Lincoln, UK:

This is a really nice school! And we're looking forward to learn our friends' names!
Clare - the Witch

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Our School

Hello, everybody!

          This is the first step in this year project Our English Friends - Italian Link.
We're getting to know a group of English pupils and their teacher, starting to learn Italian while we're learning English.
          We hope you'll like our video - the video camera really scares some of the pupils, so that their tongues get tangled!

Clare - the Witch

Friday, October 5, 2012

ABC song

Hi, everyone!! Sing this traditional ABC song and learn the alphabet:

Clare - the Witch

If You're Happy and You Know It

Hello, everyone! How are you? Are you happy? Sing along then:

 And again:

I hope you enjoyed it!!


Clare - the Witch

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What are you doing?

Hi, everyone!
         What are you doing? I'm sitting in the kitchen, the sun is shining, my black cat is running after a mouse, my bat is sleeping upside down, my frogs are swimming in the pond.
          Are you doing your homework? Now learn present continuous with these activities.
Watch this funny Simpson video:

In the next video, first you just watch, then you say the sentence:

 Try this funny game: choose your teacher's look (hair, eyes,...), then click on the pirate saying the right verb, roll the die and watch the teacher walk on the plank and... fall into the water!

 In the next game, shoot at the teachers invaders, then write the verb and click on Submit answer

Now insert the right verb - if you're good enough you can fling your teacher away!!!!! (hey! Poor teachers!)

       I hope you enjoyed yourself! Bye bye,
Clare - the Witch

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Alphabet

Hello, everybody!

How are you? I'm fine.
Click on the picture, then click first on FOR INFANTS to hear the alphabet, then on FOR TODDLERS to hear the song.
This site is in American English! The accent is different from British English, and also the letter Z. here:

The next site is English, listen to the alphabet and find new words for each letter:

If you are not confident about alphabetical order, you can try these games (some are a bit slow…):

In the following game you can find words beginning with the different letters – you should know all the words except… YARN – find out what it is and tell me!

Find the missing letters:
And now, listen to alphabet songs:

The following blog is really very nice and you can find also a song and games about the alphabet:

Enjoy yourself!

Clare - the Witch

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pizzigoni cave paintings!

Hello, everyone!
           A big surprise today! 
A wonderful CAVE full of prehistoric paintings has been found in our school!!!!!
The kids of classes 3B and 3C and their parents were the first to visit the cave; it's very dark, you need a torch to see the paintings!
Have a look at the beautiful paintings (as beautiful as the ones in Lascaux!) and... at the primitive kids painting them!

Isn't it really fantastic????
Unfortunately our school will have to be closed tomorrow: a team of archaeologists is coming to study the cave.
So.... WE ARE ALL GOING ON HOLIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bye bye!
Clare - the Witch

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Eat your peas!

Hello, everyone!
          Do you like the book I read to you in class? I love it!
Click the picture and listen to the story again:

Eat your Peas

And now, go eat your vegetables!


Clare - the Witch

Sunday, May 13, 2012

One Two Buckle My Shoe

Hi, everyone!
          How are you? Do you remember the rhyme ONE TWO BUCKLE MY SHOE? (see my post )
          At last we managed to film the version of the rhyme from 1 to 20!!!
Please watch the video and tell me and the kids of class 3C and 3B if you like it.

Bye bye!

Clare - the Witch