Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Message from Headmaster of the Group of Schools José Saraiva - Portugal

The exchange of knowledge and cultures in Europe is an unique experience for students and teachers. It is with pride that I see the encouragement of cross-border projects, aiming to become "windows of opportunity.

The Headmaster

Alcino Marques Duarte

A troca de saberes e de culturas no espaço europeu constitui, sem dúvida, uma experiência ímpar para alunos e professores. Neste âmbito, é com sentido orgulho que presencio a dinamização de projectos além fronteiras, almejando que se transformem em "janelas de oportunidade".

O Director,
Alcino Marques Duarte

Tuesday, 23 February 2010



Portuguese language is also a symbol of the country. There was a poet called Fernando Pessoa that once said “My home is Portuguese language”. It means that there is a bit of Portugal wherever Portuguese language is spoken.
·About 190 million speak Portuguese all over the world.

Countries where Portuguese language is spoken:
- In Europe – Portugal
- In Africa – Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and S. Tome and Principe
- In America – Brazil
- In Asia – Macau
- In Oceania – Timor

Portuguese language is also spoken where there are Portuguese communities.
Portuguese has its origin in Latin - it is a Romanic language. There are other Romanic languages similar to Portuguese – Spanish, Italian, French and Romanian.
Like other living languages, Portuguese receives words from other languages, which become Portuguese words. Futebol comes from the English word football, and Restaurante comes from the French word Restaurant, chá - chinese word tchai. And, gives too: - portuguese word marmelada - in English marmalade (orange jam); pão - japonese like pan :))

Monday, 22 February 2010

Portugueses traditional stories

Run, run Little Gourd
Once upon a time there was an old lady who lived in a little house by the mountain.
Hiding in that mountain, lived many wolves. So, when the old lady wanted to visit her grandchildren on the other side of the mountain, she had to take a long way across the mountain.One day...

Sunday, 21 February 2010


Carnival Parade


We love this day because we have fun and bric a lot from each other.
We came home with dresses, suits chosen by us such as clowns, footmen, Spiderman, princesses, Cinderellas, witches etc..
We were together with students from 2nd year to make the presentation of the characters represented. Songs, dances, and we dramatizaçõs was great fun.
In our country this tradition is lived with joy and so much we like to celebrate the carnival because we play and we had fun too.

Class A-3 Year

Thursday, 18 February 2010


In the classroom we studied one of the festivities of our calendar: Carnival.
At this point, there are mini - holidays and many people like to have fun masquerading, and playing both on the streets or at school.But beyond the party we did in the classroom, we were also to discover the origins and the different ways to celebrate Carnival, both in Portugal in the World.
Now look what we found!

February is the month of Carnival. In the present year, this celebration it was on 16th (Tuesday)and, as always, kids and grown ones will do the usual. There will be street parades with allegoric cars, people wearing masks, especially children, and many innocent tricks. That’s the Portuguese Carnival.In school we hava a mini-hollidays (3 days- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ).
Carnival is a celebration with Christian origins. The tradition comes from the year 1091, when Catholic Church definitively established Lent’s date. The word “carnival” has an uncertain origin. Nowadays, the most accepted explanation reports that this word means “goodbye to meat”, from the Latin words “carnem” (meat) and “levare” (take). This explanation has implicit the idea of fasting. The day after Carnival (named Ash Wednesday) marks the beginning of Lent, which is a period of abstinence that ends on Easter day. In this period, many practices weren’t allowed and food, in particular, was strongly restricted.

There are many original and amusing ways of celebrating the Carnival in Portugal; One of the most ancient may be seen in some villages of Trás-os-Montes (a north-east region in Portugal), especially in Podence and Ousilhão. Here, the Caretos are kings. They run, scream and jump frighteningly trough the village like little devils freed from control, causing surprise to the unwary.Carnival in Portugal is celebrated throughout the country, the most famous are the ones of Ovar, Madeira, Loulé, Nazaré, and Torres Vedras.

Length and individual holidays

While the starting day of Carnival varies, the festival usually builds up to a crescendo in the week before lent, ending on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

Paradoxically, Portugal having introduced Christianity and the customs related to Catholic practice to Brazil, has started to adopt some of the aspects of Brazilian-style Carnival celebrations, in particular those of Rio de Janeiro with sumptuous parades, Samba and other

Brazilian musical elements.
Class D - 2th year
With the help of book
s, the Internet mainly from Diciopédia, Wikipédia ( Site Júnior ( and the address: http : / /

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Carnival party

The Carnival is a great party. Every year, on February or March, we celebrate this party in our school. We wear fancy dresses and we enjoi it.
Sometimes, we do littles parades.

In the library's school we made some drawings about it.
Do you think that are lovely?

(Maria, Lara, Hugo, Inês, Daniel- 1st dgd.)
EB1/JI da Cruz da Areia - Leiria - Portugal

Thursday, 4 February 2010


This weekwe are celebratin te campaign "Safe Internet". Teams of all classs took part in e Internet quiz. Our students lso painted some posters warning ofdangers connectedwith the Internet. In our culturethe Internet has already become common - that is why we think tht we should make or students aware of both its adantages anddisadvantages.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Meeting our Cultural Heritage

By looking at the past , our students get a better understanding about the present.
It is a way of developing their skills in order to interact with people from other cultures.

The following videos were made by a friend of our class. Her name is Maria da Cruz . She is older than us, but she has a young spirit. She is learning ITC at Senior University in Leiria and she loves researching different themes for the classroom work. You will have a chance to meet her when you come to Leiria. She is very nice!

These videos show us the past in Leiria (dresses; cooking, handcraft, professions, folk musik, folk dance...).

Ethnographic Parade in Leiria