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Christmas in Mexico
The children in Year 5 research learnt about the Christmas traditions in Mexico. We learnt to sing a traditional carol: Burrito de Belen.
The children in Year 2 worked with Señorita to learn all about Hispanic Day Día de la Hispanidad. In Spain, the 12th October is a national holiday commemorating the day when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492. On the 12th October children are off school and businesses close. The King of Spain and the Prime Minister lead a parade through the streets and people enjoy spending time with their friends and family. The children learnt how to say the date of the festival in Spanish and made a boat to commemorate Christopher Columbus discoveries as he set sail in search of new lands.
The pupils in Year 2 made apple roses with Señorita.
The Day of the Dead
Senorita has been working with Year 5 to study the traditions and culture in Mexico. On 1st and 2nd of November the people in Mexico celebtate the Day of the Dead, Dia De Los Muertos. In Spain this festival is called All Souls Day. In both countries people take time to remember loved ones who have passed away. They visit the cemetery as family to clean the gravestones and lay flowers. They then eat a meal together and share stories about the all the happy times with their lost loved ones. The pupils in Year 5, learnt all about these traditions through a song and learnt some key vocabulary.
uno y dos de noviembre
en Mexico, en Mexico
se celebra el Dia de los Muertos
la gente lleva flores... al cementerio
lleva la comida favorita de los muertos
la gente decora altares
con fotos, flores, velas, comida y calaveras
Para recordar, para celebrar, a los que ya no están.
La paella valenciana
The KS2 children had a unique opportunity to watch paella being made in a traditional pan before sampling it for themselves. They learnt the vocabulary for some of the ingredients which were involved in the dish:
The children thought the paella was absolutely delicious and can't wait to have it again!
In May the children learn about 'Martes de Campo' a festival celebrated every year in the Asturian capital of Oviedo. The festival dates back to the 13th century and takes place on the first Tuesday after Pentecost. The festival involves a procession of Our Lady of Hope from the Balesquida's Chapel to San Tirso's Church. Throughout the day the town hall gives out the bollu preñau (bun stuffed with chorizo).
After watching some videos of the festival, the children baked the traditional 'bollos preñaus' using a recipe which was sent from our partner school in Oviedo. As you can see from the pictures, the children did a great job of making these delicious buns!
The Year 6 children learnt how to make Salmorejo, a cold soup typical from the South of Spain. It is very refreshing and healthy. The children discussed the vocabulary for the ingredients before following the recipe in Spanish.
Nursery children taste a traditional Spanish snack and learn to sing a playground clapping song:
Choco choco la la
Choco choco te te
Choco la, choco te
CHO CO LA TE
If you would like to make this tasty treat at home, the traditional recipe is attached below on a word document!
September and October are the months when the North of Spain celebrates at the apple crop. There are plenty of festivals and everybody samples different ways of eating apples. The most popular with children is manzanas de caramelo, candied apples. The children had a go at caramelizing and decorating their own apples following their recipe in Spanish.
La Fiesta De Reyes is a translation for the feast of kings. During our Spanish project, year 2 pupils made crowns to celebrate the Epiphany and remember the three wise men who bring presents to the children of Spain each year on the 6th January.