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Today in our Elementary A class (小学生A) one of the children, keen to show his knowledge, came out with this question, "世界最大のタコは何センチですか?"

Rather than telling him to be quiet, I decided to use his outburst of Japanese and turn it into useful English. So I got him to ask again, this time in English, "How big is the biggest octopus in the world?"


The answer is 900cm (30ft)!!!

You learn something new everyday!

土, 03 7月 2021 13:52

The frog on the rock

  Last week in our elementary A classes (小学生クラスA) the children completed unit 2 of the Explore Our World text by cutting, glueing, drawing and coloring these wonderful collages. As well as learning a whole bunch of nature vocabulary such as river, tree, frog, rock, mountain, flower, bush, grass etc they also learned how to describe the location of the items, for exmaple , "A rock is in the river", "The butterfly is on the flower" and "The frog is on the rock". 

  They all did really well, and I'm very proud of them. If you want to see all their pictures, you can find them over on the englishpool gallery page:

金, 02 7月 2021 14:59

As seen in JAF Mate

  Well done to a keen eyed mother who noticed something of interest in this month's JAF Mate (ジャフメイト) a monthly magazine from JAF (Japan Automobile Federation).


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  On page 29, as part of a safe driving quiz, the view from the driver's seat clearly shows englishpool! Well almost, as we are hidden behind various bits of street furniture!

  Thanks to Y's mum, for sharing the magazine with us!

  And safe driving everybody!

金, 04 6月 2021 09:29

Pie Book?

  No not a book of pies, but a book of Pi (π) the mathematical constant.

  As brought in to class by one of our Junior High School students. The book is absolutely bonkers, all in contains are the digits of Pi computed to one million decimal places!

  a page from the book of Pi

Just rows and rows of numbers. It's also very hard on the eyes!

Thank you T, for sharing!



金, 04 6月 2021 09:08

Penfriends in Italy

 As part of the Cambridge Assessment Penfriends programme we recently swapped cards with Kids&Us in Latina, Italy.

 This was the first time our youngest elementary class (小学生A) had written cards, and I was a little worried as to whether they could complete the task. I needn't have worried because they really gave it their best, they were super excited to be communicating with children in another country and full of ideas of what they wanted to include. So much so, that I had to limit what they wrote to keep within time and ability constraints!

 The letters we received from Kids&Us were also well written and beautifully composed!

 Well done all!  And as always a big thank you to Cambridge Assessment for making these magical moments happen.

金, 28 5月 2021 09:32

English Adventures with Cambridge

  Something exciting from Cambridge Assesment English. They have created their own world on the ever popular Minecraft? (Or マイクラ in Japanese.) It's called English Adventures with Cambridge and runs on the Education Edition of Minecraft, so you'll need a Microsoft 365 licence to play, but the actual game is free to play.

  I had a quick look around the game yesterday and aside from being visually stunning, that's the library in the screenshot, there seem to be various challenges the students have to complete using their English skills. The big plus for children who don't yet read English, is that the various characters they interact with also have the frustration of not being able to read is alleviated.

  My first impressions are that this is something to fill the space left by the departure Mingoville and Moshi Monsters.I'm looking forward to using it (sparingly) in my classes.

  Learning English while playing Minecraft. well it's a winner!

木, 27 5月 2021 23:21

追悼 エリック・カール


【THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR】【Brown Bear,Brown Bear,What Do You See?】etc...




つい先日、立川にある美術館PLAY!MUSEUMで『エリック・カール あそぶための本』という展示を観てきたところでした。



木, 20 5月 2021 09:54

Reds and Blues

  New colours for the englishpool leaflet. I wanted to make it a bit more eye catching!

 What do you think?


 2021 スクールチラシ(PDF)

木, 13 5月 2021 12:55

What's Inside a Hand Mixer?

  In this video I take apart a cheap Dretec kitchen hand mixer that has stopped working, or is broken. I try to explain how it works and point out the various components, and parts, that make up the hand mixer.

 And why am I taking things apart? Well, it's part of an idea for a new course I'm planning.


木, 13 5月 2021 12:37

At the Store

  We had a lot of fun in Saturday's Kinder class (年中~年長のクラス ) recreating scenes from the Potato Pals book, At the Store.


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