After reviewing some words and phrases from last term by doing an easter egg hunt, we learnt some new words related to Easter: huevos (eggs), capó (bonnet), flores (flowers), tulipán (tulip), narciso (daffodil), conejos (rabbits), cordero (lamb), polluelos (chicks), cesta (basket), búsqueda (hunt), primavera (spring), domingo (Sunday).
The children then learnt about Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Spain and on played a great game of dictionary to practice what they had learnt in class today.
Procesiones con pasos (processions with floats)
Everyone did really well to remember some of the adjectives (adjectivos) that we learnt last lesson especially as it was two weeks ago.
Spanish grammar is a bit tricky with adjectives as you have to remember 3 things
1) they come after the noun
2) they agree with gender (their ending changes depending whether the word is masculine or feminine)
3) they agree with number (the ending changes depending whether the word is singular or plural).
Lots to remember. Here are some examples
brazo largo – long arm
pierna larga – long leg
brazos largos – long arms
piernas largas – long legs
We did some longer sentences to describe animals like:
Una jirafa tiene un cuello largo – A giraffe has a long neck.
Una jirafa tine cuatro piernas largas – A giraffe has four long legs.
Un elefante tiene un nariz largo – An elephant has a long nose.
Finally the children had to listen to my description of a creature and guess what it was.
The children did a great job of finding the pictures showing opposites and matching them up to the Spanish words on the table.
Some of the words they found were
grande – pequeño
alto – bajo
largo – corto
nuevo – viejo
izquierda – derecha
fácil – dificil
caliente – frío
rápido – lento
We then used some of these adjectives to describe and draw some monsters on mini-white boards.
Bienvenido otra vez a los niños después de las vacaciones.
Today we revised some parts of the body and learnt some new ones, we practised numbers, colours and adjectives and reviewed were colours and adjectives were placed in relation to nouns.
The parts of the body we learnt were: la cabeza (head), los dedos (fingers or toes), el pie (foot), la pierna (leg), los dientes (teeth), las orejas (ears), los ojos (eyes), las manos (hands), la barriga (tummy), los brazos (arms).
Then we drew some pet monsters and wrote some sentences about them using the verb tiene (it has).
How would you describe this monster in Spanish?
The children did an excellent job of remembering the words they had learnt in class last week and easily paired the items of stationery with their pictures. They then learnt the following words:
encima de: on top of
debajo de: below
al lado de: to the side of
dentro de: inside
The children recognised sentences describing the location of items in relation to other items such as:
El lápiz está encima de la goma.
Las tijeras están debajo de la mochila.
El boli está al lado de la cola.
La goma está dentro del estuche.
They then went on to make some sentences of their own.
The children learnt some new words related to stationery and items they might find in their school bag or pencil case.
una mochila – a school bag or ruck sack
un lápiz – pencil
un boli – a pen
una goma – a rubber
unas tijeras – scissors
un estuche – a pencil case
un libro – a book
Can you thick of any other items that you might find in un estuche or una mochila? Write your answer in a reply.
The Spanish Club would like to welcome a new member to the group this term.
The children learnt about new year in Spain last week and have been working on learning ‘el alfabeto’ (the alphabet) in Spanish over the last two weeks.
They have learnt that there is an extra letter ‘ñ’ and how to pronounce all the letters when spelling things out.
They can also answer ‘¿Cómo se escribe su nombre?’ (How do you spell your name) and ¿Cómo se escribe ______ en español ? (How do you write ______ in Spanish?) and the are in the process of reviewing old vocabulary and learning new vocabulary by making alphabet books.
Next week we are planning on finishing our alphabet books and we are hoping to squeeze in a game of hangman or two. All in Spanish of course!
Hasta la semana que viene…
The children did really well on their prueba (test) today and made some splendid tarjetas de navidad (Christmas cards). I hope you all like your turrón!
Feliz navidad y un próspero año nuevo a todos. x
Luces de Navidad en Madrid (Christmas lights in Madrid)
The children did a great job remembering the phrases we learnt last week and could tell me what time they do things on school days. They learnt the word for Christmas Day (Día de Navidad) in Spanish and could also tell me what time they got up and had breakfast on this special day. After that we learnt all about Christmas in Spain (which is quite different!) and did a tricky crossword puzzle to learn some Spanish words related to Christmas.
1. What happens on 6th January in Spain?
2. What is a ‘jota’?
3. Why is the cow important for Spanish people at Christmas?
4. When do the Spanish have their Christmas meal?
Post your answers in a reply.
The children did a great job of remembering the daily routine phrases they learnt last class and even learnt a few more.
Bajo a la cocina – I go down to the kitchen
Pongo mi chaqueta – I put my jacket on.
Cojo mi mochila – I get my school bag
Salgo – I leave the house.
We revisited time again and made sure that we knew the difference between the following
Las siete – 7 o’clock
Son las siete – It’s 7 o’clock
a las siete – at 7 o’clock