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)
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.
Today we learnt that the endings of verbs change when we are speaking about other people.
Me llamo – I am called changes to Se llama – he/she is called
Tengo – I have changes to Tiene – he/she has
Vivo en – I live in changes to Vive en – he/she lives in
We then heard all about Lucas who comes from Buenos Aires in Argentina and wrote some lovely pieces about our friends and family.
La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol near Valencia in Spain.
Thousands of people take part in throwing more than 100 metric tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes in the streets. The festival also features music, parades, dancing, fireworks and a paella cooking contest.
La Tomatina Video
Well done to all of you that had a go at making some crosswords about forms of transport in Spanish. Here is my spanish transport crossword. The clues are in Spanish and the answers are in English.
The children learnt how to say the words for items in a bedroom. We came up with some great ways to remember what the words mean.
Un armario – A wardrobe (somewhere that knights hang their ‘armour’ when they go to bed and where ‘Mario’ might hide in a game of hide and seek)
Una cama – A bed (If there are lumps in the bed, maybe a ‘camel’ is hiding there)
Una puerta – A door (it sounds like a ‘port’ or ‘portal’)
Una ventana – A window (it provides ‘ventilation’)
Unos estantes – Book shelves (the books ‘stand’ on them)
Una lámpara – A lamp
The children were sent home with a simple task to do over the bank holiday – I hope they enjoyed sticking the labels they made around their rooms.
Easter in Spain is celebrated during Semana Santa (Holy Week). In 2013 this is between the 24th and the 31st of March. Málaga, Seville, Madrid, Valladolid, Zamora & León hold elaborate processions for Holy Week.
Las Fallas is a 5-day event leading up to St Joseph’s Day on the 19th of March. It takes place in Valencia. Each neighbourhood traditionally gets together to build giant puppets which are later set on fire. The burning of these puppets is of course accompanied with plenty of street parties throughout the city.
Why not research a festival held in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country and tell us all about it in a reply?
Mother’s Day falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent in the UK. In 2013 it’s on the 10th of March – today!
It’s held on a different day in Spain. Can you remember which day ‘El Día de la Madre’ falls on in Spain?
a) The first Sunday in March.
b) The first Sunday in April.
c) The first Sunday in May.
Here are some Spanish words and phrases related to Valentine’s Day. Can you find out what they are? Why not write your answers in a reply?
- te quiero
You might be able to guess some of them, but if not, you can use an online dictionary like this one: http://www.spanishdict.com