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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

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.



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:



Visit to Turón Valley – Visita al valle de Turón

Last November we visited the Turón Valley with the Technology teacher and Nicole, our conversation assistant. We learnt a lot about the history of mines in Asturias and their influence on the economic development of our region.  The walk was great and we took a break to have a healthy snack. We spent a wonderful morning with our mates and teachers!!!

El pasado noviembre visitamos el valle de Turón con la profesora de Tecnología y Nicole, nuestra asistente de conversación. Aprendimos muchas cosas sobre la historia de la minería en Asturias y su influencia en el desarrollo económico de nuestra región. La caminata estuvo muy bien e hicimos un descanso para tomar una merienda saludable ¡Pasamos una mañana genial con nuestros compañeros y profesoras!




By Lola García Fueyo. 1ESO C

Last Monday, 17th of April, students of first and second grade of ESO were waiting in front of the highschool to take a bus to go to the week camp in Garaña, near Llanes, where we were going to spend the next three days, until Wednesday, the 19th.
When we arrived, after an hour of travelling, the monitors of the camp introduced themselves and guided us to a small church, where we left our baggage.
Then, we played with three monitors –April, Kobey and Paul- a game called `Splat´ that would help them to remember our names.
We also played others games, such as `Salad´ and one in which we were pokemons, because Paul loves them.
Later, we had a shower and we had dinner, and after playing a game about creating stories, we went to sleep.
On Tuesday, we had breakfast and we played baseball and, then, we went to the Bufones de Pría, where we could feel the pressure of the air over the sea putting our hands near to a small geyser.
When we went back to the camp, we made `Construction´, building something like a bridge with plastic tubes.
After having lunch, we went to the Adventure Park, a place where you have to cross suspension bridges and all that kind of things, and, at the end of it, you had a great zip line.
Then, we played Jenga, basket and a game of mime, pictionary and trivia.
After riding a segway, we had dinner and went to the disco, when we danced songs like `Shape of you´ and `Despacito´.
On Wednesday, we were a little sad, because we had to leave the camp, but we had a lot of fun playing games like `Categories´, `Treasure hunt´ or the `Train´.
After that, monitors gave us caps and prizes for the people who had spoken a lot in English. We took our baggage and we waited for the bus, that was delayed. Finally, we said goodbye to all our monitors and returned to Mieres.
We slept three hours each night, but we had a great time!
We want to come back!


Our first Technology project- Nuestro primer proyecto de tecnología

We have finished our first project in the Technology workshop. It is a traditional toy called carioca made with a plastic ball, cord and ribbon. For this project, we have applied the technological process normally used in Technology to find solutions to a problem. We learnt how to use tools like the column drill, the riveter… and to work properly in the workshop. Finally, as with every project, we did a report containing a diagram of the carioca, the list of materials and tools used, the construction process and an estimate of the costs. We feel proud about the results!

Hemos terminado nuestro primer proyecto en el taller de Tecnología. Se trata de un juguete tradicional llamado carioca hecho con una pelota de plástico, cuerda y una cinta. En este proyecto hemos aplicado el método de proyectos, usado habitualmente en Tecnología para encontrar soluciones a un problema. Aprendimos a usar herramientas como el taladro de columna, el remachador… y a trabajar de forma adecuada en el taller. Finalmente, como en todos los proyectos, hicimos un informe que contenía un croquis de la carioca, la lista de materiales y herramientas empleados, el proceso constructivo y un presupuesto. ¡Estamos orgullosos de los resultados!


Lampyridae (Carlos Coronas)

One of the last days of the first term, we visited a very beautiful exhibition by Carlos Coronas. It was named Lampyridae. What we had to do was a sketch about one of the figures. It was so difficult! The pictures showed the changes of light regulated by the Arduin board. In my opinion it was a different work. It was great! (Ángela L., 2º ESO B)




Visit to Turon Valley- Visita al valle de Turón


Last November we visited the Turon Valley with our Technology teacher. A guide called Roberto told us a lot of interesting things about the industrial past of Turon and its surroundings. We took a beautiful walk on the Turon green path, the old railway tracks path, with stops at Pozo Santa Bárbara, Pozo Espino … and other important places related to mining in our county. We all learned a lot about our history and spent a fun morning with our mates!


El pasado noviembre visitamos el valle de Turón con nuestra profesora de Tecnología. Un guía llamado Roberto nos contó muchas cosas interesantes acerca del pasado industrial de Turón y sus alrededores. Hicimos un bonito paseo en la senda verde de Turón, el antiguo recorrido de las vías del tren, con paradas en el Pozo Santa Bárbara, el Pozo Espino y otros lugares importante relacionados con la minería en nuestro concejo ¡Todos aprendimos mucho sobre nuestra historia y pasamos una mañana divertida con nuestros compañeros!

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