Bilingual IBQ

A blog for the activities of the bilingual section of IES Bernaldo de Quirós (Mieres, Asturias)


Last week, in the technology class, we have talked about sustainability with Carinna, our conversation assistant. We have also taken some pictures supporting Greta Thunberg and her fight for protecting the environment.

La semana pasada, en clase de tecnología, hablamos sobre sostenibilidad con Carinna, nuestra asistente de conversación. Además, hicimos algunas fotos apoyando a Greta Thunberg y su lucha por proteger el medio ambiente.




Visit to Turon valley- Visita al valle de Turón


Last Thursday we went on a trip to Turón. We were accompanied  by Fernanda, who was explaining it to us. We started at Santabarbara’s well, where she asked us if any member of our family work or worked in a mine and we all said yes. Then she showed us a small part of a mine and we entered, it was very fun. Then we continued walking to the Espino’s well where we had a healthy meal and where there were to very cute cats. At the end we entered to Fortuna’s well, I loved this trip!

Natalia Escobar González- 2º ESO A


Last Tuesday we went to visit the valley of Turón. In the valley the Turón we saw structures of mines of coal. Juan Gabino’s mother explained us different stories about the mines. The mine that I liked most, was the mine which had fallen and retired miners rebuilt it all.

Martín González Fernández- 2º ESO C  

On Thursday 22 November the students of 2nd ESO-A went to visit the Valley of Turón. At 10:15 we took a bus that took us to the Pozu Santa Bárbara. Once there, Fernanda (our guide) accompanied us along a route where we went seeing some mines and a mountain mine to finish the visit in the Pozu Fortuna.

 During the journey Fernanda was telling the story of all the places that we were visiting. We saw a Châtelet in which we stop to snack, and there they took us to see a plumbing, that was the place where were the lamps that used the miners were done. We also saw a cage, which was where the miners went down to the mine. From there we proceeded to the Pozu Fortuna, which unfortunately became a mass grave during the Civil war. The last thing we visited was a powder keg, which is the place where the gunpowder used by the miners was kept to dynamite the mine and open spaces and to continue to extract coal.

There, the bus that took us back to school, was waiting for us.

Pablo Rodríguez Piri- 2º ESO A


El pasado jueves 22 de noviembre, la clase de 2º ESO A nos fuimos a conocer un poco más la historia minera del valle de Turón. Cuando llegamos, caminamos un poco hasta llegar a la mina ¡y nos metimos en ella! Un rato después seguimos caminando hasta parar en una pequeña torre minera, allí comimos nuestro pincho, luego seguimos caminando hasta llegar a un pozo donde habían fallecido muchas personas y seguían enterradas allí, llamado fosa común. Por último nos introdujimos dentro de la tierra en un sitio que constaba de 12 cámaras donde se depositaban kilos y kilos de explosivos. Fue lo que más me gustó. Me lo pasé muy bien y me pareció muy interesante.

Soraya Gallardo Cerra- 2º ESO A


Monday 19th of October, we went on a trip to the Valley of Turon. There, we saw a lot of things like mines or derricks.

First, we took a bus in the High School and we were inside for 20 minutes.

Next, Maria Fernanda Fernandez told us about a derrick and a mine that were where the bus left us. It was the Mine Santa Bárbara. It started to extract carbon in 1913.

Then, we walked a few and we saw the sinkhole of La Rebaldana. It was closed, but some people worked hardly and they could open it a few years ago.

After that we went to the mine of Espinos. It’s a special powder keg because it doesn’t have a machine house apart of the extraction tower.

Finally we went to the mine of Fortuna. In the times of the civil war it started to be a common pit for republicans. Next to the pit there is powder keg where we entered.

Juan Gabino Álvarez Fernández- 2º ESO B

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

You Don’t Own Me

Lesley Gore

You don’t own me
I’m not just one of your many toys
You don’t own me
Don’t say I can’t go with other boys

And don’t tell me what to do
And don’t tell me what to say

And, please, when I go out with you
Don’t put me on display

‘Cause, you don’t own me
Don’t try to change me in any way
You don’t own me
Don’t tie me down
‘Cause I’ll never stay

I don’t tell you what to say
I don’t tell you what to do
So, just let me be myself
That’s all I ask of you

I’m young and I love to be young
I’m free and I love to be free
To live my life the way that I want
To say and do whatever I please

And, don’t tell me what to do, yeah
Don’t, don’t you tell me what to say
And, please, when I go out with you
Don’t put me on display

I don’t tell you what to say
I don’t tell you what to do
So, just let me be myself
That’s all I ask of you
I’m young and I love to be young
I’m free and I love to be free
To live my life the way that I want




Last Saturday, 22nd September, we went to Broadstairs, England in order to spend a week living with a host family.

During our time there, we had English classes and we also had the opportunity to visit different places such as Margate, Ramsgate and Canterbury.

One day, our teachers took us to London. It was very exciting because I’ve never been there before. We visited the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. We also enjoyed free time to go shopping.

Paula Bermudez

Last week I went to England with my classmates. We stayed in Broadstairs, a coastal town.

We visited Canterbury, Margate and London .In Canterbury, we visited the city and bought some souvenirs but we didn´t visit the chatedral. In Margate, we visited the art gallery and then we had free time to go shopping but there was nothing to buy.

In London we visited the Big Ben, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and  Oxford Street. When I was in Oxford Street I got lost with a friend and we couldn´t buy anything.

But the experience was incredible!!.

Manuel Díaz

We arrived there really late on 22nd September. We got lost in the airport and then we had to catch a bus to get to Broadstairs English Center. My family was really nice. I enjoyed all the meals we had together. We also met some Italian girls in our host house. They were a year older than us but we became very good friends. What I enjoyed the most was going to London and spending 2 hours shopping in Oxford Street. What I enjoyed the less was going to English lessons in the evening and the sandwiches they gave to us at lunch. We had really good weather, so I’m quite thankful for that. I wish we could return!

María Gutiérrez

We arrived in London on 22nd September. We had a nice trip in which we visited places like: Canterbury, Ramsgate, Margate and London.

We were staying in a town called Broadstairs. It was a nice place, a bit dull, but we enjoyed it. I shared a house with Sara and Alba and our host family was called Isobel and her cat Lulu. We went to Broadstairs English Centre because we had classes there and the teachers were very nice and funny.

The day that I enjoyed the most was the one we went to London. The best part of that day was our walk through Oxford Street. My friends and I bought some clothes and we had fun.

Finally, on 29th September, we had to return to Spain and in the airport I lost my passport but luckily they allowed me to take the plane back to Spain.

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What is technology?- ¿Qué es la tecnología?

In october, 2nd ESO students have had our first technology class with Carinna, our conversation assistant. In this class, we have talked about the concept of technology and its importance in human being development. Mobile phones are technology but prehistoric tools are technology too…

To end up, we have reflected about how technology has changed our lives in the last years and we have imagined what it could bring us in the future.

En octubre, los alumnos de 2º ESO hemos tenido nuestra primera clase de tecnología con Carinna, nuestra asistente de conversación. En esta clase hemos hablado del concepto de tecnología y su importancia en el desarrollo del ser humano. Los móviles son tecnología pero las herramientas prehistóricas también…

Para acabar, hemos reflexionado acerca de cómo la tecnología ha cambiado nuestras vidas en los últimos años y hemos imaginado lo que podría aportarnos en el futuro.




 On 9th March, 2018 we went to the theatre of the Cultural Centre  “Teodoro Cuesta”, to see the play The Reader of Books, inspired in the Roald Dahl’s book “Matilda”.

We walked from Bernaldo de Quirós to the theatre. The play finished at 11:30, but it started a bit late, and we finished later too.

The weather was very bad because it rained a lot and we had to take our umbrellas. On the way we ate sweets. They were delicious!

Ángela Álvarez, Juan Gabino Álvarez, Paula Argüelles y Nela Alonso 1º eso A


This play is about a girl named Minnie who likes to read a lot, but her parents are ignorant. The only thing they show interest in are the phones and they want their daughter to use it too, they want her to stop reading.

One day her parents punish her and she decides to run away from home. After taking a walk, she is dislocated and begins to see many books. Then she sees a librarian who explains where she is.

After talking to her, she decides to join the school without her parents knowing. Minnie discovers that the Principal is stealing money from the school and tells her friend.

At the end they leave school and Minnie´s parents recognize how important reading is.

By Omar, Paula F, Soraya, Natalia, Lydia and María. 1º ESO A

Week Camp 10th to 13th of April

wcz-071-04-10-2018-019.jpgwcz-071-04-11-2018-087.jpgdsc00494.JPGWe started very early in the morning, we left at 7:00 from Mieres. It took us 5 hours to get to Playa Razo Camp. When we got there, we were surprised with the views, facing the sea. The weather was not too bad, a bit cold some day.

When we arrived the camp leaders welcomed us and took us to our rooms. After that we started with the activities. After having lunch we played. Before dinner we had a shower. When dinner finished we joined the leaders to follow them with some more activities. We were really happy to be there so we all enjoyed our first night. We were told not to be noisy in our rooms, so we followed their advice and just talked for a little while. After the first day everything was easier.

The rest of the days were all the same. We had a great time, met new students from France who were surfing in the beach. We wanted to surf too! We tried our best at English, the leaders talked to us in English. On the last day we were sad to leave.  We got back to Mieres late at night, around 9.30.

Lucía Hinojal

Drawing the sketch of a tractor toy – Dibujando el boceto de un tractor de juguete

In February we had another technology class with Nicole. On this occasion we watched a video in which a designer explained how to do the sketch of a tractor toy following some easy steps. We drew the tractor with some help from Nicole and our teacher and these are some examples of our sketchs:

En Febrero tuvimos otra clase de tecnología con Nicole. En esta ocasión, vimos un video en el que un diseñador explicaba cómo hacer el boceto de un tractor de juguete siguiendo unos sencillos pasos. Dibujamos el tractor con la ayuda de nuestras profesoras y estos son algunos ejemplos de nuestros bocetos:



Visit to Adolfo Manzano’s exhibition – Visita a la exposición de Adolfo Manzano

Before Christmas holidays, some of us visited with the technology teacher Adolfo Manzano’s exhibition in the museum of our high school. We were so lucky to meet the author of the exhibition who told us about the materials and tools he uses in his job and the technical process he follows to create each piece. He also gave us an artistic interpretation of some objects of the exhibition. It was really interesting! Thank you, Adolfo!

Antes de las vacaciones de Navidad, algunos de nosotros visitamos con la profesora de tecnología la exposición de Adolfo Manzano en el museo de nuestro instituto. Tuvimos la suerte de conocer al autor de la exposición, que nos habló acerca de los materiales y herramientas que usa en su trabajo y del proceso técnico que sigue para crear cada pieza. Además, nos hizo una interpretación artística de algunos de los objetos de la exposición ¡Fue muy interesante! ¡Gracias, Adolfo!



Our first project of technology – Nuestro primer proyecto de tecnología

In December, with the help of Nicole, we made our first project of technology: a pop-up Christmas card designed by Robert Sabuda. With this simple project we learnt how to apply the technological process: the steps we follow in technology to design and construct objects. After finishing the card, as in every technological project, we did a report including a sketch, the construction process, the materials and tools used and a budget. Here you have our cards and some examples of reports.

En diciembre, con la ayuda de Nicole, hicimos nuestro primer proyecto de tecnología: una tarjeta de navidad pop-up diseñada por Robert Sabuda. Con este simple proyecto aprendimos a aplicar el método de proyectos: los pasos que seguimos en tecnología para diseñar y construir objetos. Después de terminar la tarjeta, como en todo proyecto tecnológico, hicimos una memoria que incluía un boceto, el proceso de construcción, los materiales y herramientas empleados y un presupuesto. Aquí tenéis nuestras tarjetas y algunos ejemplos de memorias:



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