MFL – Spanish

Year 5 Study Visit to Spain – Day 4

On Thursday the children were lucky to have a lie-in (7:30 instead of 7:00!). Breakfast in the self catering appartment was a hands on affair with volunteers washing up.  Next followed a long day of sightseeing strolling through the Plaza Mayor – the most important square in Madrid, then onto the Mercardo San Miguel with examples of delicious pinchos / tapas. After the market the it was the Catedral de la Almudena with magnificent art, the Palacio Real and wandering through the interesting streets of Madrid with the occasional souvenir shopping.  The final stop was El Bernabeu ( Real Madrid football stadium). This was Yar’s hightlight of the week. He kept hoping that Ronaldo would pop up and say hello.

Before the children realised it, the end of the day had arrived. They said their goodbyes to Madrid by doing what all Madrileños do – that is – having a tapas night.


May 2018 – Year 5 Study Visit to Spain – Day 3

After arriving at school for the second day the children got straight down to work continuing their story boards for an explanation of the language lessons they have had in class.

Once the storyboards were complete, they moved on to creating an online animation application through POWTOON. It was great to see our children collaborating with their Spanish partners using their best ICT skills such as searching, uploading , cropping and recording.  It is hoped that the animation will be shared as a learning tool.

Lunch was Olivia’s favourite so far: lentil soup, baked fish with mussels followed by watermelon. “Amazing”

May 2018 – Year 5 Study Visit to Spain – Day 2

Everyone woke up on time ready for school excited to start the day.

The first session was a fast game of hockey to break the ice. It worked! Then it was down to beginning the collaboration of the Erasmus Key Action 2 project – Sports and its benefits.  They worked together interviewing children in school to find out the preferences and sporting habits of the school community.  Afterwards each group complied the results in excel in the form of a graph. They took it in turns to speak in Spanish using their vocabulary from this term.


After lunch, the children began to work in pairs on a story board to plan their bi-lingual animation about the work they have done in Spanish/English lessons. As a contrast to the intense work of the day the last session was a carousel of swimming activities in the school pool – yes the school swimming pool! Lucky children! At the end of the day the children set off with their new friends for a horse riding session at the local stables. They will sleep well tonight!

May 2018 – Year 5 Study Visit to Spain – Day 1

It has been a long, tiring but exciting day for the Language Ambassadors. Everyone arrived on time ready to begin their Spanish adventure. At the airport Olivia was in charge of keeping an eye on the departure board. Nicola and Yar were responsible for leading everyone to the departure gate. All of the Ambassadors will be taking some responsibility during the study visit. Safely landed it was time to make the journey to the hotel – they hopped on and off quite a few trains!

The group rounded off the day by having tapas al fresco with a beautiful sunset. . Marcel said ” I’m going to persuade my Mum to live in Spain”

Day 4 in Madrid (Spain)

This morning we met our friends from El Caton school in order to visit the National Science Museum.  There was lots to see and our museum guide kindly spoke in Spanish and English so that it was a meaningful experience.  We learned a lot  about animals and plants which were native to Spain. After a picnic lunch we returned to the centre of Madrid to do a cultural tour. We saw La Plaza Major,  Puerte del Sol which is in the geographical centre of Madrid. We placed our feet on the exact point. We also saw La Catedral de Almudena, the Royal Palace and more.

Day 3 in Madrid (Spain)

This morning has been a busy and intense session. The children used their book templates to make a digital bilingual book about “Mi Ciudad” (My Town).

There were some initial hiccups with the Internet and lap tops but eventually our children got down to work, writing in Spanish.  The Spanish children wrote in English. All the children then became “teachers” using their knowledge of their own language to correct the work.  Later we will combine all the digital pages to make a single book to be used as a learning resource.

The afternoon was one of the highlights for the children with swimming on site at school and then relocating to the centre of Madrid and eating tapas in a traditional restaurant close to the main square.

Day 2 in Madrid (Spain)

Today we are in school beginning our transnational Project of making a bilingual digital book about the town and countryside.  The children have got off to a good start and are working very well with the Spanish children.  Today they are creating a template for the digital book then tomorrow the best pieces will be chosen for the digital pages.

In between the children have also experienced science, P.E, ICT and DT.  This afternoon there will be a walk around the town.

As well as making a start on their digital bilingual book some of our pupils joined in with creating masks for Carnival which takes place in most Hispanic countries next week. After lunch, Year 5 went on a tour of the town visiting landmarks such as the ruins of an ancient castle, a church, the town hall and the library which includes a centre for young people.

At the end of the school day, it was off to the local bowling alley and amusement centre where the Spanish and English children got together. Normally this activity would be an ice breaker but glad to say that the children were already at ease and interacting with each other before break time this morning!


Day 1 in Madrid (Spain)

Hola a todos,

We have had a great and intense first day of our trip to Madrid. Our children were surprised to see the snow in Madrid. We guess they always think of Spain as a hot country. They have been taking every opportunity to practise their Spanish. They have eaten and settled down in the rooms very well. Their behaviour had been really good and they are looking forward to going to school tomorrow.

Year 2 have been learning numbers 1 – 12 in Spanish and have reinforced their learning by creating a mini numbers vocabulary book so that they can practise at home.  Parents, please ask your child to read aloud to you and join in with the learning.

Our Viridis teachers at our partner school in Madrid planning curriculum activities for Spring and Autumn 2018 through the Erasmus Programme.

Hispanic Day – Summer 2017

Everyone joined in celebrating Hispanic culture through the wearing of traditional clothes or red and yellow to represent Spain.  Throughout the day children had lessons with a Hispanic flavour with including a scrumptious Spanish lunch.

International Links

We are continuing to strengthen our international links with our partner school.  In October four teachers from Colegio El Caton, came to observe classes and plan lessons and activities to be shared between school in the spring and summer term.  Four Viridis  teachers will visit El Caton on the outskirts of Madrid to complete this round of planning.