Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Move Your Body

We finished off our first week in the winter camp with one of the songs that's all about movement:

Monday, 7 December 2015


There are so many holidays, but my favourite one is Christmas, because it is all about family and friends.
Christmas is celebrated on the seventh of January in our country. I love Christmas because I can eat until I can't breathe. 
I love spending Christmas with my family. Traditionally, my whole family have lunch together and after that we watch some Christmas film together. In the evening, my friends come to my place and we play a game. We stay up late. Some of my friends even crash at my house. We always ask to drink some wine, but the adults do not allow us. 
I really love Christmas, because it brings out the best in all of us. Christmas is the best in the whole world.

Jovan Radojičić, VIII1, 3 December 2015

Sunday, 6 December 2015

A Legend from My Country

Serbia is full of legends. Some of them are scary, the others mythical or with cute creatures.
This legend is about howlers. They are scary creatures from Serbia. There are not too many signs of them. Some people do not even know they exist.
In Zaječar, they have been seen a lot. A legend says that if someone sees them, that person will die the next day in huge pain.
Some howlers scream like a new born baby, and the others somewhat like a wolf or bear. Howlers look like small children, with no hair and some of them have long nails. Their skin is grey and they look like poor little children who are four years old.
If you hear a howler around your house, that means that someone in your house will die.
Today, this legend is not so scary and it is used to scare children not to stay too late outside. I think this legend is lame and interesting. This is my favourite legend so far.

Dušan Bačkuljin VIII1, 1 December 2015

There are a lot of myths and legends in my country. The most interesting for me is the legend about howlers.
A howler is a scary creature. Howlers are abandoned and unbaptized children in fact. A howler is a combination of a child, cat and wolf. Citizens and villagers say that there are a lot of them in the area of Zaječar. People describe them as white creepy monkeys. Their scream sounds like the cry of a child and barking of a wolf. A howler chooses his victims who are connected to him. He cannot be killed until he finds peace. When he screams around someone's house, that means somebody from that house will die. He is afraid of the light. He usually walks in the graveyard. He attacks his victims by choking them while they are asleep. When someone walks after midnight, he jumps on their backs and screams.
I do not believe in legends, but I enjoy listening to them.

Vlatko Vranjin VIII4, 3 December 2015

People in eastern Serbia believe in a lot of legends. They are especially afraid of the mythical creature - howler.
A howler is a small, ugly creature with gray fur and huge, long claws. It is very aggressive and angry. Its screams sound like a baby's cry and wolf's howl. 
Howlers appear at night, because they are scared of the daylight. They attack people near graveyards or in the forest. Howlers jump on people's backs, scratch their faces and pluck their hair. That sounds creepy and unbelievable!
There is no evidence of the existence of howlers. However, a lot of people are still scared of those terrible monsters.

Tijana Varađanin VIII2, 1 December 2015 

There are not too many legends in my country, but they are interesting.
Howlers are small creatures, with big claws, small eyes and really fast. According to a legend, they live in the woods around villages.
There are rumours that they sometimes live in people's attics. They always make a strange noise, like scratching and walking. 
There have been some reports of eyewitnesses and of their attacks. They are mostly active at night. 
There were no investigations about these creatures. One of the eyewitnesses said that he had seen a dog-looking creature on the road, with no hair, with big claws and small black eyes. The devious creature jumped on the car and started scratching the windshield. The person pulled the car brake, the creature fell off the car and ran back to the woods, looking for his next victim.
I was pretty scared of this story when I was a child, and I still am.

Dragan Hercegan VIII2, 3 December 2015

There are a lot of legends in my country, but I find the legend about Sava Savanović most interesting.
Sava Savanović is said to have lived in an old water mill. It is said that he killed and drank blood of the millers who came to the water mill.
In other cultures, vampires are usually plain and slim, but in my country, vampires are tall, plump and strong.
A lot of people say that they saw Sava drink children's blood and strangle young women. It is said that there are a lot of witnesses to Sava's attacks. If you ask people near Bajina Bašta about Sava, you will get the most information about him, his attacks, tragedies and much more.
Legends from my country are super interesting and full of mysteries. I recommend everyone to explore other mysteries, because it can be fun, intense and very interesting.

Lazar Turudija VIII1, 3 December 2015

There are a lot of interesting legends in my country, but I think that the most interesting one is about our very first vampire, Sava Savanović.
Sava Savanović lived in a small village in Serbia, called Zarožje. 
Legend has it that he became a vampire after his wife's death. People from the village started hearing strange noises and sounds coming from the watermill. A couple of people wanted to investigate the water mill, so they went inside. Nobody saw them again. 
Legend has it that Sava would kill and drink the blood of everyone who came to the water mill. 
This legend was so interesting that it even inspired a horror film called 'A Butterfly'.

Kosana Jakonić VIII4, 1 December 2015

In my country, there are a lot of legends and fairytales. Our most famous one is about Mark the Prince.
Marko the Prince is an epic hero who appears in the late Middle Ages. Marko was tall and well-built. He had long brown hair, brown eyes and of course his long brown moustaches. Marko wore a wolf-skin cap, wolf-skin cloak, a red dolman and black leather boots. He had a sabre, a lance, a shield and his famous war hammer. 
He also had a horse, his most trusted and loyal friend, Šarac, who was famous for his multicoloured skin. In one story, Marko gave half of his wine to Šarac before the battle. 
There are a lot of stories and poems abou Marko the Prince, like: Marko the Prince plowing, Marko the Prince and the Eagle, Marko the Prince and the Fairy and a lot more.
I like Marko the Prince because he is a fair, righteous, just, brave and amusing knight.

Marko Dejanović VIII4, 1 December 2015

Serbia is a country with a lot of urban legends and myths. Some of them are true, others are false, but there is one legend that every citizen of Serbia knows. It is the legend of Marko the Prince.
Marko the Prince was a national hero who fought Turkish people in the 14th century. He was of medium height with a lot of muscles. Some say that Marko was so strong that he once squeezed a dead bush. He had dark black hair, brown eyes, a big black beard with thin black moustaches. 
Marko the Prince was known as 'the man who could do anything.' He would carry a lot of weapons. One of them was a sword which he used to fight against his enemies. The second weapon was a mace which he used to fight against wild animals if they attacked him. If the battle was far away, he would mount his horse Šarac  and got there in no time.
Marko the Prince was everyone's favourite hero because he was brave and would help anybody.

Stefan Vujić VIII3, 3 December 2015

In my country, there are a few legends I know of. One hero who is in most stories is the best for me.
Marko the Prince is the biggest hero in our stories. He was the strongest and biggest man. He pulled trees out of the ground with his bare hands, threw stones and cut them in pieces with his sword. While he was walking he was building mountains.
Marko was the son of King Vukašin Mrnjavčević. In 1371, the soldiers from Turkey killed his family on the Maritsa River in Bulgaria.
Marko lived like a free swordsman. He protected poor, weak people.
Marko carried his mace to battles. Everyone was scared of his mace. His weapon was the strongest. 
Šarac was his horse. They were best friends.
This hero died a natural death and was buried in a Mount Athos monastery.
People say that he is not dead. In fact, Marko is still alive in rhymes. I like him and he is the hero for me and my grandpa. He is our hero.

Luka Važić VIII2, 1 December 2015

One of the most famous legends from my country is the story about Devil's Town. It is situated in the south of Serbia, in Kuršumlija. 
Once upon a time, there lived humble, happy, peaceful and to faith committed people. Devil did not like it. He wanted to destroy the harmony. So he made some poisonous potion. When people drank  it, they would forget about their family relationships and get married to their own brothers and sisters. The fairy, who some people still believe exists and protects the Town, prayed to God to stop the wedding. God sent a breeqe to turn them into stones so the sin could stop.
Devil's Town is a popular tourist attraction and a lot of people visit it during the year.

Nataša Urošev VIII3, 3 December 2015

Saturday, 5 December 2015

My Dream Holiday

I like travelling, especially to foreign countries. Some of those places I want to visit are a few cities in Tuscany.
Florence is a beautiful city with nobles' houses, churches, ancient roads, magnificent buildings and other fantastic sights. Near the Arno River is the Medici Palace, the house of Florentine Grand Duke Cosmo. In the square, there is a big statue of David, made by Michelangelo, and the museum  of the famous artist Leonardo da Vinci.
Rome is the capital city of Italy. This city is the cradle of the Italian history. In the centre of the city, there is the Colosseum, gladiators' area. The Tiber Island is a big island near the centre. In the past, you could ride a horse through the city. Rome consists of two parts, the city of Rome and the Vatican City.
The Vatican City is a town-country. It is very small, but very famous because of the Pope, the Catholics' head master. The Pope lives in a beautiful building called Apostolic Palace, or Papal Palace. People also like to visit the Castle of Saint Angel and Saint Peter's Square full of statues.
Tuscany is beautiful, but very expensive. I hope to visit it one day.

Filip Dmitrović VIII3, 3 December 2015 

Dear Noa,
I'm having a fantastic time in Paris. The weather is lovely here, so we spend most of the time outdoors. The hotel where we're staying is magnificent and we're in a room with an amazing view.
We came last Sunday and have already seen a lot of interesting places. Last Friday we went to the Eiffel Tower. The view from the top was fantastic so I took some pictures. After that, mum and I went shopping. We bought lots of clothes and great stuff. 
The Triumphal Arch is breathtaking. I've asked one man to take a picture of us together. The picture turned out great.
We haven't visited the Louvre and haven't seen Notre Dame, yet. We're going there tomorrow. I'm so excited.
We're coming home next weekend, and I can't wait to tell you everything about my trip.
See you soon!
With love,

Danijela Lisulov VIII3, 3 December 2015

My dream has always been to visit Paris.
Paris is a lovely city. It is like the home of fashion, history, culture and more.
If I ever visited Paris, I would go to the Louvre first. It seems like a beautiful museum. Then, I'd go to Disneyland, which they call 'the home of magic' in a commercial. The Notre Dame Cathedral looked really magnificent in the picture I'd seen. I hope that is what it looks like from the inside.
Paris is the home of fashion. So, shopping in Paris seems like a really good idea.
I would also like to see the Triumphal Arch. That is a beautiful monument.
Visiting the Pantheon is a great idea too. And, of course, how could I forget, the symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower.
The bridges on the Seine River are made perfectly. Couples can lock their love on one of the them. I would also like to see that.
Paris is the most beautiful city and it has always been like that to me.

Ninoslava Marinkov VIII1, 3 December 2015

Dear Melissa.
I'm writing from the beautiful city of Vienna, to let you know more things about this city. I hope you'll like them.
It's very hot and sunny and I'm drinking lemonade with my family. We have been here since Friday and have already done lots of interesting things.
Yesterday we went to Schönbrunn Palace. It was so beautiful and very big, with lots of flowers in different colours and shapes around it. My dad told me the history behind this palace. It was very interesting. Then, we went to the zoo, which is located next to the palace. There were lots of animals, from small insects to tall giraffes. My favourite part was when we were feeding small monkeys and took a photo with them. They were so happy.
We haven't visited the St Stephen's Cathedral and the city centre and we haven't been to Prater Park. We're going there tomorrow.
We're coming back on Monday, so then I'll tell you everything that happened to me.
See you soon,

Daniela Marton, VIII5

Dear everyone,
We've arrived in Venice. It's the city on water. It's fantastic here. We're going to stay in a nice hotel.
First of all we're going to do a lot of sightseeing. We're going to visit St Mark's Basilica, the church of Santa Maria della Salute, Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge. My sister can't wait to go shopping. There are some great shops here.
I'm going to taste as many local dishes as possible, like spaghetti, pizza and lasagna. They say the food in Venice is fabulous. 
Venice is the city of romance. You should come, too.
Talk to you when we get back,

Milan Jakšić, VIII2

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Meet Me

Dear friend,
Thanks for your letter. I'm fine, how are you?
First of all, let me tell you about myself. I am 14 years old. I live in Kikinda, Serbia.
I have green eyes. My hair is short and brown. My lips are thin.
I am above all honest. I am a good friend and very friendly person. I always help the others if I can. My friends think I am shy, just because I do not like being in the centre of attention. Sometimes I am impatient and stubborn. I do not change my mind easily. I believe that life is ahead of me and I have some time to change for the better.
There are four people in my family. My favourite person is my dad. We like spending time together.
I am a student of both Sveti Sava Primary School and Slobodan Malbaški Music school. I play the accordion and I love singing.
My school starts at 8 o'clock in the morning and at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. I come back home at 1.30 in the afternoon or 6.30 in the evening. I go to school by bike or on foot. I usually do my homework after school.
That is all about me.
Hear from you soon,

Nevena Milovanov VIII3, 3 December 2015

Hello Steve,
My name is Igor. I'm 14 years old. I was born on 30 October, on Halloween, spooky, isn't it?
I live in a small town in Serbia. That town is Kikinda. 
I go to Sveti Sava Primary School. 
I have an older sister. When I was 3 years old, my sister was jealous, because I had a lot of toys. She stole them, so we fought a lot over them. But now, she misses me, because she is a student at the University of Novi Sad. I love her so much.
I'm a very positive and friendly person. I love dancing and singing. 
As for the bad sides of my personality, I have a bad temper and fight with all my friends, neighbours and sometimes even teachers. 
I have a lot of friends, but my best ones are Luka and Ivan. The people who mean a lot in my life are: my mum, dad, my sister Sanja, cousin Dejana and the most important person in my life is girlfriend Mia. 
That's all about me.
Hear from you soon.
Best wishes,

Igor Zagorac VIII1, 3 December 2015

Dear Pedro,
Thanks for your letter. I hope we will get to be great friends.
First of all, I would like to tell you a few things about myself. I'm 14 years old and I live in Kikinda, Serbia. My mum is a housewife. She does her best to make the entire family comfortable. My dad is the money-maker. He rents sound equipment, works as an audio engineer and a musician. I also have a baby brother, Gabriel, who is 2 years old.
My favourite free time activity is surfing the web and reading music catalogues, among other things. I like all kinds of music and the only real criterion is whether it is good or not. I also play tennis and have lessons on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
What about you? What are your interests?
Please, write soon.

Kristian Balaž, VIII2

Friday, 13 November 2015

Favourite Team Sports

Write about your favourite team sport. 
Here are a few tips:
  • Where do you play this sport?
  • How many players are there in each team?
  • What equipment do you need?
  • How long is a match / How many minutes do you play?
  • How do you get points?
  • What are the rules?

Sunday, 18 October 2015

WEG 2015

Thanks to a Maths colleague of mine, several of my older students have participated in this year's World Education Games and competed against students around the world in Spellodrome and Mathletics.  Judging by their reactions during and after this online competition, my students found it amusing and fun.

Friday, 2 October 2015

My Teacher

Write about one of your teachers. You can use the following as a model:
My teacher's called (name). He/She's my (subject) teacher. My teacher's (e.g.clever) and we learn lots of new things with him/her. His/Her lessons are very (e.g. interesting) and we like them. 

Svetlana is my Music, Science, Maths, Art and Serbian teacher. She works in a school in a small town. There are 24 children in my class. My teacher is very nice and smart! I really like my teacher.

 Manja Galić, IV2, 28 September 2015

My class teacher is Svetlana. She has red hair and a beautiful smile. She is a good teacher. She loves dresses. 

Mina Brkanlić, IV2

This is Dragana. She's my English teacher. She's very beautiful and clever. My English teacher wears glasses. She's very good. She likes listening to music. 

Nađa Blažić, IV2

Sunday, 27 September 2015

European Day of Languages 2015

For this year's European Languages Day my colleagues and I prepared some interesting interactive quizzes, tongue twisters, associations and other language games. Traditionally, we celebrated this day with the representatives of other primary schools from our town and nearby villages.

We started our celebration with a short film showing different quotes about the importance of learning foreign languages, as well as mother tongue. It was followed by a fun activity called 'Getting to know you' in which two volunteers from each team tried to find their 'fellow countrymen' just by using gestures, without speaking. The teams then checked their knowledge of the languages spoken in Europe in the quiz about the alphabets, word origin, family of languages and language in general. We continued with the listening game called 'Look who's singing' and the teams were asked to guess the language they heard in the songs performed by the former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest. Then, in the association game called 'European Record Breakers' the participants and the audience found out a few interesting things about the European countries which broke records in different areas, while in the 'ABC game' they were required to order the given English words starting with the letter T as they appear in the dictionary. The 'Translation Workshop' was a real challenge because the teams translated messages by using the Braille Alphabet. The programme ended with another fun game - the students read tongue twisters in Serbian, Italian, German and English.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Fun activities

One of the 2-3-minute activities for practising word order, just right for the beginning or the end of the lesson, includes group work. I shared it with my students the first time I saw them after our summer holidays.

I asked them to organise groups of four. Each person said a random letter and then, as a group, they made a sentence with the words starting with the given letter. 

Here are a few interesting sentences my Year 8 students came up with:
JCAZ: Jump carefully around zebras. (Julijan, Bojana and Branislava VIII4)
KERB: Katy eats red bananas. (Kosana, Andrea, Tijana and Ivana VIII4)
SMND: Summer memories never die. (Dunja, Ivana, Miroslava and Emilija VIII4)
ETIA: Every tiger is amazing. (Elena, Tijana, Ivana and Anja VIII2)

Thursday, 25 June 2015


Kosana, Dunja, Ivana, Emilija & Nikolina, VII4
My older pupils, mostly girls, have taken part in the state contest organised by Klett, Belgrade. Their task was to make a guidebook-presentation in English, following the model from Messages 3 student's book. 

They all got their diplomas for taking part in this interesting contest.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Cold and Windy

This is the last song we've learned this school year. It also involves a lot of acting, snapping fingers and things like that.  It's great for revising clothes and practising WAS/WERE.

I first focused my pupils on the pictures illustrating the song. I told them the song was in the past and then asked them a few questions about the pictures (What can you see? Was it a nice day? What was the weather like? Were grandpa and grandson happy?) Since there were a few pictures in the song instead of words, I asked my pupils to match them with the given words. Then, they listened and checked their answers and finally I asked them to stand up, show and repeat the song.

Here are the lyrics:
Hat, coat, sweater and scarf,
It was cold and windy in the park, cold and windy...

It was grey and cloudy,
There wasn't any sun,
There weren't many children,
It wasn't much fun.


There wasn't a rainbow,
There wasn't any snow,
Grandpa and I were ready to go.


Back at home,
It was much better,
With a hot drink,
And my big red sweater.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

What can I see?

Here's another song with a lot of movements invented on the spot. It's great for practising comparative adjectives. 

As for the introduction, we played a guessing game to name the animals in the pictures around the text. Then, I asked my pupils to pretend that they were in the jungle and mime different actions, including their reaction when they faced wild animals.

And the lyrics are as follows:

I'm walking,
I'm walking.
What can I see?
I can see a lion and it's bigger than me.

I'm swimming,
I'm swimming.
What can I see?
I can see a shark and it's uglier than me.

I'm standing,
I'm standing.
What can I see?
I can see a snake and it's thinner than me.

I'm hiding,
I'm hiding.
What can I see?
I can see a bat and it's smaller than me.

I'm sitting,
I'm sitting.
What can I see?
I can see a monkey and it's naughtier than me.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

My Favourite Restaurant

Think about your favourite restaurant. Why do you like going there? 
P1: name, location, frequency of visits
P2: outside/inside description
P3: service, staff, dishes, prices
P4: recommendation (atmosphere, food...)

My favourite restaurant is 'Belavila'. It is in the centre of our town. I usually go there with my mum when she feels lazy and doesn't want to cook. 
This restaurant is modern and furnished really nice. It is small, the tables are big, and on the left side of the restaurant there's the kids' play area. 
I love going there because people who work there are kind to their guests, always smile and think positive. The dishes are always different. It depends on the day of the week, so it's always different. My favourite meal there is pasta with meat in mushroom sauce. The prices are sometimes low or high, which depends on how much the food costs. 
My mum is not a really good cook, so I love going there. The food is so tasty, the atmosphere is great and people smile all the time. It's the most perfect restaurant I have ever been to.

Ninoslava Marinkov, VII1, 13 May 2015

My favourite restaurant is the 'Big ship'. It is located in Koper, on the Adriatic coast. I go there with my family every time I am in Koper.
The restaurant is designed as a ship, inside and outside. The waiters and all the staff are dressed like sailors. They smile and they are kind. The food is delicious. I have tasted a lot of tasty dishes, but the most beautiful ones are seafood and calamari.
The atmosphere is beautiful and relaxing at the 'Big ship'.

Teodora Volarov, VII1, 13 May 2015

The place where I often go with my family is called Slap in Serbian. In English, we can call it Waterfall. It is a pizza house, located in Nikola Francuski Street.
I really like going there so much because both the interior and exterior are well-decorated. Inside, there are a lot of leather dining boots and mirrors, so it looks more spacious than it really is. Outside, there is a  wonderful garden with beautiful flowers. 
The service is fine. The staff are kind and hospitable. The dishes are tasty and the portions are large enough. The prices are acceptable.
I gladly recommend visiting Slap because it is the best pizza house in our town. 

Emilija Mijandžić, VII4, 20 May 2015

My favourite restaurant in Twenty. The restaurant is located at the square of Kikinda. Every day a lot of people visit the restaurant. Lots of tourists and celebrities visit it when they come to Kikinda.
Outside the restaurant is a large garden full of flowers with tables and chairs. The garden overlooks the square full of various plants, birds and smiling children. Inside the restaurant, there are beautifully set tables of different sizes and shapes with decorations on them.
The dishes are always tasty and interestingly served. The staff are friendly and polite to guests. The dishes are delicious and the prices low.
I recommend that you go to this restaurant and try all of the dishes but pizza is a must!

Andrea Ružić, VII4, 20 May 2015 

My favourite restaurant is Bela Vila. It is located in the main street of Kikinda, Svetosavska.
The restaurant has a lot of visitors. The outside of Bela Vila is very beautiful. There is a small area where guests can sit during the summer. Outside, there are also a lot of flowers covering the restaurant. The inside is very big. The walls are covered with a lot of beautiful paintings. 
The service is quick. The staff are really polite and friendly. The dishes are tasty and the prices are very low.
I recommend Bela Vila to you because it is a perfect restaurant when you want to go out for lunch with your family.

Kosana Jakonić, VII4, 20 May 2015 

My favourite restaurant is called 'Santa Maria'. It is located in the Ovčar-Kablar Gorge. It is a fish restaurant.
It is an often visited place because of the delicious food and a nice view. The restaurant is placed on a wooden raft on the river side. It has a roof with a blind on the terrace. The restaurant is painted dark green and bright yellow. 
Inside the restaurant, there are a lot of flower pots with colourful flowers. There is a model of a sailing ship and stuffed fish.
The staff are friendly and polite. There are a lot of fish dishes at affordable prices. 
I would recommend this restaurant because of the good view on the mountains and tasty dishes.   

Marko Dejanović, VII4, 20 May 2015 

When I was on holiday in Sokobanja with my parents, I visited the most beautiful restaurant I've ever seen, the Cave restaurant.
It's very interesting because it's located in the suburbs, in the forest, not in the centre of the city. A lot of tourists visit this restaurant every year.
All the tables and chairs are made of wood and they are under a rock, at the entrance to the cave. A narrow shallow river flows nearby and the visitors can cross it over a wooden bridge. What a wonderful view!
People usually drink coffee and juice there. They mostly eat different types of meat, soups, salads and desserts. But, the best-selling and the tastiest dish is fresh trout. Most dishes have reasonable prices, but some are more expensive. The staff are kind and pleasant.
The Cave restaurant in Sokobanja is my favourite restaurant, because I enjoy the nature. It's beautiful and relaxing to have lunch in the forest and listen to the birds and the ripple of the river.  

Tijana Varađanin, VII2, 22 May 2015

My favourite restaurant is Macchiato. It is in the centre of the city. I went to Macchiato every day in the winter, but now I go there once a week.
It is big and you can sit downstairs, upstairs and outside. The walls outside are yellow. The inside walls are purple and it is dark.
The service is very good and the waiters are fast. The prices are very low.
The food is very tasty. Pizza is the tastiest in Macchiato. It is always full of guests and there we can listen to music or watch a match on TV.
I like eating in Macchiato.

Anja Berić, VII2, 22 May 2015

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Activity Share Competition

The Macmillan Team has chosen my favourite classroom activity as the winner of their Activity Share Competition. I'm sure my pupils will enjoy reading the books they've sent.

'The Fruit Party' is just perfect for the first day of school. At least I do this activity with my pupils then. First, I ask my pupils to write the numbers from 1 to 5, one below another, in their notebooks. Then, I ask them to think of a basket with all kinds of fruit and pick one. They should write the name of that fruit next to number 1. After that I ask them to think of their favourite childhood toy. They should write its colour next to number 2. Shortly, I ask them to guess how many pencils they've got in their pencil cases and write their answer next to number 3. Later, I ask them to write where something they're wearing was made next to number 4. Then, I ask them to think of a letter and write the job starting with that letter next to number 5. Finally, I reveal my pupils what each number stands for (1 = their name, 2 = their surname, 3 = the number of pets they've got, 4 = the country they come from, 5 = their job) and ask them to pretend that they're at the party and meet the others. The activity includes all four skills, plus a lot of fun and mingling.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

HIPPO 2015 Results

Here are the results of the 3rd HIPPO International Competition in English Language that took place on 14 March:

Kosana Jakonić VII4 (Reading: 40 + Listening: 18 = 67/70 points),
Petar Tesla VII3 (Reading: 40 + Listening: 18 = 67/70 points),
Lazar Turudija VII1 (Reading: 38 + Listening: 19 = 66.50/70 points).

By the way, the writing test questions were marked only for those who scored 100%.

All of my pupils competed in the HIPPO 3 (CEF A2) category this school year.

HIPPO International English Language Competition is organised by Global Input and Global Hippo Associations. The main sponsors are EDI Pearson and Swan Institute.

Thursday, 26 March 2015


My older pupils, mostly girls, have taken part in the international OUP Project Contest on the topic of Festivals. As you can see, one group's designed a new festival, while another's created a poster on our local festival:
Tijana and Sanja, VII4
Bojana, Branislava and Miroslava, VII4

I'm proud to say that the group with the Owl poster reached top 20 of more than 1,000 entrants. Both groups got their certificates for taking part in this interesting contest.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Family members

Think of your favourite family member. Describe him/her in 5 paragraphs:
P1: Introduction
P2: Physical appearance
P3: Personality + examples
P4: Behaviour, habits, (dis)likes
P5: Conclusion

My favourite person is my mum. Her name is Dana.
She is in her mid forties. She is short and well-built. Her face is round and her skin is pale. She has got short, straight, brown hair and small brown eyes. She has got a small nose and thin lips.
My mum is clever and always helps me with my homework when I do not know how to do it. She is also courageous because she is not scared of anything. She is a very friendly person too.
My mum loves cooking and makes great cakes. She also loves watching movies and listening to music. She is good to me and to others, and she helps everyone in trouble.
For me, my mum is the best and I love her most.

Andrea Ružić, VII4, March 2015

My favourite person is my father. His name is Jovan and he is a funny, kind-hearted person.
My dad is  tall. He has light brown eyes and dark brown hair. 
My father is very funny. He likes to tell jokes. He is very kind but can also be very stubborn at times. When my dad is angry, he will usually stay quiet. 
He works as a doctor, so he meets a lot of people. Everyone who has ever met him says that he is a very good, outgoing person. 
My dad is my favourite person in the world and I am very lucky to have him in my life.

Kosana Jakonić, VII4, 11 March 2015

The person I love most is my mum. She is my most favourite person in the world and I want to describe her now.
My mum is 43 years old. She is very pretty and usually wears elegant clothes. She has brown eyes and her hair is curly and brown, with blonde highlights. She has the most beautiful smile in the world. Also, my mum is about 165 cm tall and slim.
She is the kindest person I know. She rarely gets angry. My mum is always smiley and cheerful.
She is a teacher and her students love her. She teaches Art and Religion.
I think we all love her, because she is very creative and always calm and patient. My mum is the most caring person I know.

Emilija Mijandžić, VII4, March 2015

My favourite person is Dana. She is my mum. I've chosen her because she is amazing.
My mum has short, straight, reddish-brown hair, brown eyes and freckles on her face. She likes to wear jeans and sweaters. She is of normal height and weight.
Mum is friendly and communicative. She loves to laugh and joke. She is also kind to me and my brother, especially when we are ill. However, she can be very easily annoyed.
I am surprised at how much work and patience is needed to take care of the family. I admire her day in, day out.

Tijana Mesaroš, VII4, March 2015

My favourite person is my dad, Arpad.
He's 46 years old. He's 1,80 m tall, has a round face and visible cheek bones. He also has short hair and an unusual beard.
My dad is funny, smart and sometimes just plain silly. However, he likes working more than wasting time on the things that are not important. He learns fast and has several jobs, so he's our family's breadwinner.
My dad's cautious and somewhat pessimistic, and always thinks twice before doing something. He likes to be alone when he is angry or not in a good mood.
He is a great man, and when I grow up I want to be just like him.

Kristian Balaž, VII2, 6 March 2015

My favourite person is my mother. 
She is forty years old. She's got long, black hair, a round face, dark eyes and small lips. She isn't tall, but she is pretty. A lot of people think that she is younger because she looks like it.
Everybody likes her because she is friendly, smart and pleasant. My mother always supports me. 
Every day she goes to work at the shop and in her spare time she enjoys watching films. Sometimes she is unhappy because she is tired.
I love my mother and I am happiest when I am with her.

Jovana Kljajić, VII2, March 2015

My sister is the person I like best. Her name is Minja and she is 12 years old. I have chosen to describe her because she is very caring about me. My sister is in Class 5.
Minja is very tall and thin. She has got long brown hair and brown eyes. She has got a pointed nose. Her lips are thin and red. My sister has got a pale skin.
She is very clever and friendly. My sister is very caring and when I am ill she always makes a cup of tea for me. 
She plays the piano and loves reading books. My sister has dance classes at the weekend and she likes studying.
I love my sister and I like all of her features.

Milan Jakšić, VII2, 18 March 2015

My favourite person is my sister. She's called Brana.
She's a teenager and she is 14 years old. She's got long, straight, brown hair. She's got a thin face, a snub nose and freckles. She's got a big smile and green eyes.
My sister is a very likeable and lovable person. I love it that she is frank with me. She is very crazy and not afraid of anything. We are very close.
She likes horses and rabbits a lot. In fact, she likes everything. Her hobby is drawing.
She is my sister and I love her, no matter what her flaws and virtues are. 

Ivana Varađanin, VII2, March 2015

I have got an older sister. Her name's Tamara and she is 21 years old. She is my idol because she is a good student.
She is of medium height and slim. Her hair is long and brown and her eyes are big and dark. She has got a long face and dark skin. Tamara has got a small nose, small ears and full lips. She looks charming with make-up, earrings, a necklace and bracelet. 
Tamara is very sociable and she likes hanging out with her friends. She is intelligent and talented/ Sometimes, she is nutty and funny.
She likes sleeping too much, but she isn't lazy. She likes travelling around the world. She often goes rollerblading or ice-skating. Her hobby is folklore.
Tamara is my favourite person because she always helps me and gives me advice.

Tijana Varađanin, VII2 

My favourite person is my mum. Her name is Ljiljana.
She is nice and polite. She always tries to surprise me with something. She is like my hero.
She has ginger, smooths, clean, short and wavy hair, dark brown eyes, small lips, bug but not too big nose and she is really tall. She is 39 years old. She was born on 9 July.
She is my mother and I love her, of course, but I know that there are some bad, really bad mums in the world and she is not like them.
My mum is a kindergarten teacher and she works in one. She loves working with kids. She likes helping me with school, homework and stuff like that. She loves flowers a lot and also make up and books. She loves reading so much. She can sometimes read really big books in a short time.
My mum is a person who loves me so much and I know that so well.

Ninoslava Marinkov, VII1, 18 March 2015

My favourite person is my mum. I have chosen her because I love her so much.
My mum is in her forties and of medium height. She has big, brown eyes and short, dark hair. Her nose is snub.
She is very clever. My mum always helps me with my homework. She is shy but always expresses her opinion. She is very good at cooking and her cake is the best.
My mum loves animals. Her favourite animal is a rabbit. Her hobby is shopping. She goes shopping every Saturday. She loves watching TV. Her favourite TV series is 'Life in Alaska'.
My mum is the best mum in the world. I love her so much.

Timea Kovač, VII5

Sunday, 15 March 2015

HIPPO 2015

Three of my students in Class 7 took part in the 3rd English Language Competition on 14 March. The exam consisted of 3 parts: reading (40 multiple choice questions, 1 point each), listening (20 questions, 1.5 points each) and writing (20 questions, 10 of the same level as the test and 10 of a higher level, and the description of their future job). This time the reading test was not timed, which was a relief for everyone.

Our school hosted the preliminary round.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Grammar with Songs

Songs and films can be a powerful tool to learn vocabulary and grammar, too. That's why I've asked my pupils to find the examples of Direct Speech in their favourite songs or films and turn them into Indirect Speech. Here's a selection of their work:

I told you to stop this crazy talk, leave right now and close the door.

Andrea Ružić, VII4, 20 February 2015

'All of my doubt suddenly goes away,' Christina Perri says. --> Christina Perri says that all of her doubt suddenly goes away.
'I have died every day waiting for you,' Christina Perri says. --> Christina Perri says that she has died every day waiting for him. 

Anja Vučić, VII2, 20 February 2015

'Love is a ghost I can't control,' Christina Perri says. --> Christina Perri says that love is a ghost she can't control.
'I learn to live half alive,' Christina Perri says. --> Christina Perri says that she learns to live half alive.

Anja Kresoja, VII2

She tells me to shine bright like a  diamond. She suggests me to find light in the beautiful sea.

Emilija Mijandžić, VII4

'Just give me a reason,' said Pink. --> Pink told me to give her a reason.
'You bring me joy,' said Amelia Lily. --> Amelia Lily said that he brings her joy.

Ivana Varađanin, VII2, 20 February 2015

He says he wants success and he wants stardom. He says he wants life full of fortune and fame. He says he wants to dance in the spotlight, be number one and such a big star. He says he wants to shine like the sun. He says that one day he'll be on the front page, his work will excite and inspire. He says that people will know all about him and he'll set the whole world on fire. 

Kosana Jakonić, VII4

Wanz says, 'I'm gonna pop some tags.' --> Wanz says that he's going to pop some tags.
Colonel says, 'Can you hear me, Sargeant?' --> Colonel asks the Sargeant if he can hear him.

Kristian Balaž, VII2

Rocky's coach says, 'You have the eye of the tiger.' --> Mickey says that Rocky has the eye of the tiger.

Luka Važić, VII2

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Radio Show

On the rainy morning of 4 February, my pupil Anja Vučić, this year's HIPPO 3 winner, and I were guests of the local radio Kikinda and its weekend children's show "Neću da odrastem" (I don't want to grow up). We informed the listeners of the aim of the HIPPO competition and Anja read her winning essay and talked about her interests and free time. The interview was broadcasted on Sunday, 8 February.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Lock & Key

Lock and Key, the heroes from our books, are everything detectives shouldn't be. They are very loud, lazy, not so clever, and can never find anything even if it's right in front of them. My pupils like them a lot and can't wait to read or watch the next episode, followed by a game in which they listen to questions and click on the right character. 


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Knowledge Fest 2015

For this year's Knowledge Fest, on 26 January, we prepared some interesting board games, such as memory games and dominoes, puzzles, interactive games and quizzes. 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Future Schools

In my opinion, life will change for the better in 100 years' time. I believe we will live more easily and maybe have robots to do all the work.
Students will go to school in a spaceship because the school will be on Mars. They will use lifts to go to the classrooms. The board will be electronic. Children will not write anything. Robots will do everything. They will do the tests, written paper and homework. After school, children will go to the playground. In the afternoon, they will return back to the Earth. While students are at school, their parents will work at factories where they will control the robots.
All in all, to me, the future will be a better place for everyone.

Jožef Horvat, VII5, 16 January 2015

I believe that life in the future will change. I think that everything will be better.
Schools will be bigger than now. Students will have laptops and do their homework on them. They will leave their books in the classroom. Students will not have schoolbags. They will only carry their laptops to school. It will be super! When students get a mark, their parents will see it on the internet. But, students will do their tests on paper. The teachers will be better than now. 
Children will not have a snack at school. They will not have holidays, just one in a year.
In my opinion, children will not like that life in the future.

Daniela Marton, VII5

Modern schools will be fun and exciting. Children will learn gladly. Going to school will never be boring. There will be smart boards, Internet connection, smart phones and tablets in every classroom. Texting, using Facebook and Skype will be okay. Teachers will teach lessons by using Skype and ask students to send their homework by using e-mail. Students will no longer use notebooks, pencils and books. Snack will be served by robots and all students will be able to choose what they want to eat or drink. High-tech schools will be exciting. I am sure all students will learn with pleasure.

Emilija Mijandžić, VII4, 16 January 2015

How will school change?
Firstly, students will carry notebooks to school, but will write on their tablets. Secondly, there will be a digital table in the classrooms. Finally, the lessons will last 30 minutes.
How will homework change?
Firstly, when students come home from school, they will do their homework on their computer. Secondly, homework will be sent to the teacher via e-mail. Finally, the teacher will review the homework and return it corrected via e-mail.

Andrea Ružić, VII4, 16 January 2015

Twenty years ago kids walked more than ten kilometres to get to their school. Many years have passed and today most kids go to school by bus, car or bike. 
Kids used to use ink and a quill to write on paper. Kids today use modern pencils and paper with more quality, so I think that a lot of things will change in twenty years.
Kids in the future will use a self-driven cars or bikes. Students will not use any more pencils and paper, but instead, they will work on tablets or modern laptops. Teachers will use a video-beam to give their lectures. Even more, in the future, students will use special glasses to turn their lessons into virtual reality, and teachers will use video beams sensitive to the touch.

Stefan Vujić, VII3

Friday, 16 January 2015

Life in twenty years

I think that in twenty years everybody will be using new technologies. Everything will be done using computers. We will no longer be sending letters, but everything will be done electronically, through laptops, phones and smart devices.
I believe most people will be using robots. Time travel will be possible, too. Students will be using tablets at school and at home. All lessons will be held with the help of computers. Children will only play games on phones, computers, tablets and consoles, and use the Internet to communicate. Life in twenty years will be very exciting.

Emilija Mijandžić, VII4, 15 January 2015

Life in the future will be very difficult. We will not have time for celebrating.
People will work from mornings until evenings. We will have robots that will do all the housework. The children won't have toys, they will play video games on the computer. 
Schools won't have teachers. Robots will teach children. 
We will have flying cars and buses. Trees and plants will not exist, because we will have some machines that will make oxygen. We will have animals just in the zoo, but dogs and cats will live in our houses.
The future is not as pretty as we imagine it. If we continue to pollute our nature, our lives will be hard.

Natalia Sakal, VII5

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

My life in 20 years

My students took part in the international HIPPO warm-up writing contest last December. Their task was to describe their life in 20 years in no more than 100-120 words.
I am proud to say that the winning essay in HIPPO 3 category was written by my Class 7 student Anja Vučić.

I hope that the future will be good for all of us and the world will be a better place to live.
In twenty years I see myself as a pharmacist. I think I will have twins, two girls, and a wonderful husband. We will stay in Serbia, but maybe move to a bigger city. We will live in a beautiful house or in a big flat. I love animals, so I will probably have two cats. I hope our neighbours will be friendly, so we can hang out with them.
In the future technology will improve, so my house will be full of interesting appliances.
All in all, the future will be interesting.  

Anja Vučić, VII2, 19 December 2014

In my opinion, life in 20 years will be more different than the one we live now.
The Earth will be polluted because of too many electrical appliances, but people will live better than now. We'll have flying cars and robots instead of maids. At schools, kids will be using tablets instead of notebooks and books. They'll do their tests on the internet and get their marks immediately. In my opinion, kids will spend too much time playing computer games instead of playing outside with their friends. More people will donate money and food to people in Africa and make their lives easier.
I wish people didn't forget their friends and replace them with robots.

Anja Berić, VII2, 26 December 2014

My life in 20 years will probably be very interesting.
I will be living in a big house in London, with a pool, a garden and a white fence. I will be working as a lawyer and will have a husband and two children.
My day will start very early, at  eight o'clock. I will wake up my kids and prepare them for school. I will then go to work and when I get home I will prepare dinner for my family and go to sleep.
With a loving husband, adorable children and a dream job, my life in 20 years will probably be great and peaceful.

Kosana Jakonić, VII4, 26 December 2014

In twenty years I see myself as a programmer in a stable company, with a great wage. If I turn out to be rich, I won't spend much and will invest in charities. I'll have lots of friends. Nobody knows when I'm going to need their help, or they mine. I'll make sure my children follow moral standards.
As computer technology is becoming dominant, I can't imagine the future, really. In our early beginnings, we were constantly fighting for food, but now obesity's become a bigger killer. Although I can't do much about it, I'd like those dearest to me to be aware of it.
That's what I think, but can we really know the future? The most unexpected things might change our lives.

Kristian Balaž, VII2 (shortened version)

In 20 years I see myself as an programmer working for an stable company. I will have a great wage and will be able to maintain my family. I will have children, but the number of them depends on the economic situation of the family. If I do turn out to be rich, I won't spend a lot and will invest in charitable donations. I will have a lot of friends who i trust. I will maintain connections with them, as nobody knows when I'm going to need help, or somebody mine. I will assure that all family members follow standard morals and behave correctly in public.
But I don't see the future made out of sugar, spice and everything nice. As computer technology is becoming dominant in the present, I can't imagine the future. These times are so strange that in our early beginnings we were constantly fighting for food, but now obesity has became a bigger killer than hunger. Even thou there's not much I can do about it, I would like those dearest to me to at least be aware of it.
That is how I think of my future, but can we really ever know the future? Maybe the most unexpected things will change our lives.

Kristian Balaž, VII2 (original), 20 December 2014

When I grow up I want to finish medical college, become a physiotherapist and help the injured players. I really love soccer and in twenty years I will still be playing it, but in an amateur league.
I will live in a big city like Frankfurt, Germany, with my wife and two children. It is hard to find friends in big cities, but with friends from my soccer team, I will not have that problem. My family and I will be very happy and spend a lot of time together.
The world will change a lot. Planes, cars, phones, tablets and other digital gadgets will improve. I think I can live with the changes around me.

Luka Važić, VII2, 18 December 2014

In 20 years I will be a designer of LEGO bricks. Since LEGO doesn't have themes and programmes like WW1, WW2 or Napoleonic Wars, I'll live in Denmark and design LEGO bricks and figures from WW1 and 2.
I'll have a big house in a plain in Denmark and will have a family there. I will also have a dog, a black Labrador, and he will be named after my first dog.
I'm planning to study architecture to be able to work as a LEGO designer. Before I go to Denmark I'll have to learn German or English to understand them.
This is my future life and I hope it will come true.

Marko Dejanović, VII4, 19 December 2014

There are so many different jobs, like risky or desk jobs, but the most important thing is to match your personality with the appropriate job. I prefer desk jobs, because I'd like to be a programmer.
I hope the world will be a better place to live in. People will have better jobs and they'll be more satisfied. I see myself as a programmer in a giant company. I think that I'm imaginative, skilful and a hard working person, so in twenty years I'll be able to design new programmes that will make life easier and more interesting than today.
I know that my job will pay off and it'll give me a personal satisfaction.

Marko Radanović, VII3, 22 December 2014

I close my eyes and see another world, the world in twenty years.
People still have computers and surf the net. They're noticed only if they use famous and expensive brands. The real communication between people has disappeared. They only send messages that you can't tie with a bow. Romance and great love have gone digital. The new century demands to be practical, not romantic.
But I fight back. I don't allow  robots to do the work I love. I'm a successful vet. I find new species of animals, heal them and help them to find their home.
Having experienced it all, I get back to reality. I have a whole life ahead of me and should plan well.

Milan Jakšić, VII2, 26 December 2014

In 20 years, I see myself as a business woman. I live in a big city where I work for a company that deals with computers. I live with my husband and our children. I spend most of my time at work while my children are at school. When they are at home I try to be with them. At weekends I go to shopping malls with my children and husband. We spend summer and winter holidays travelling. We are a very happy and satisfied family.
That is how I see myself in 20 years, although perhaps it will not look like it at all.

Milica Vesin, VII2, 18 December 2014

I think life will be different in 20 years.
Cars won't have wheels, but will fly a few feet above the ground. Houses will rotate and robots will take the place of policemen.
Schools will change, too. It'll be enough for children to read a text and they'll know everything. Lessons will last only two hours and there won't be any homework.
People won't do anything, because different machines will work for them. Children won't have real friends. They will be replaced by programmed toys.
All diseases will be cured, but there will be too many people on the planet and it'll be in danger.
We should enjoy our lives, because we don't know what the future holds. 

Mina Vidović, VII1, 22 December 2014

In twenty years my life will change a lot.
I'll have finished medical school and get married. I'll live in Barcelona, Spain, and work as a sports doctor or physiotherapist. My husband will be a football player playing for Barcelona. We'll have two children, a boy and a girl. Our house will be huge, dark yellow, with a swimming pool and a beautiful garden.
Life will be much easier than it is now. We'll travel the world and see its wonders. The kids and I will often watch my husband's matches. Our son will also play football and our daughter will train volleyball. Our family will be very successful.
I hope my life will be like that in the future.  

Tijana Mesaroš, VII4, 26 December 2014

I think that in the future our lives will be easier and more contemporary.
I will be a programmer. My sister and I will programme robots which will take the place of shop assistants.
My partner will be very intelligent. He'll be a doctor who will find cures for serious diseases. We'll have a big zoo in our house. There will be elephants, zebras, monkeys, snakes, dolphins and other wild animals. They'll be very tame and smart.
I won't have a car to go shopping with my friends. Instead,  we'll fly to the shop.
All these things sound funny, but we can never be sure of what life will be like in the future, can we?

Tijana Varađanin, VII2, 18 December 2014