As the year ends, it’s time to reflect on the achievements of everyone across the year levels. We’ve had a successful year in Spanish and I trust that many students feel confident in their abilities after the learning that we have done across the year. Firstly, a big thank you to Nate Thomas and Olivia Dufty, Laburnum Primary School’s first Spanish Captains. I have appreciated the work they have done to contribute to our Spanish Club each week and promote Spanish across the school in assemblies. I am looking forward to working closely with next year’s Spanish Captains to continue with the great work that Nate and Olivia have begun.
Our Prep students have covered a lot of content in just a short time. Most are confident with greetings, likes and dislikes, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, the alphabet, numbers 1-10, good manners and family. To encourage memorization, I have encouraged the Preps to practice with siblings or to teach their parents!
Our Year 1 students have had a term away from Spanish and I am looking forward to seeing them next year again!
Our Year 2/3 students completed this term looking at Las Estaciones (The Seasons), El cuerpo (the body) and revising Los Meses del Año (The Months of the Year). Our classroom manners unit has been successful, with many still asking to borrow items in Spanish and remembering to say muchas gracias y por favor!
Our Year 4/5 students have had an excellent finish to the term, exploring various Hispanic festivals from around the world, such as La Feria de Las Flores (Medellín, Colombia), Las Fallas (Valencia, Spain), La Tomatina (Buñol, Spain), Rio Carnival (Brazil) y Las Castelles (Tarragona, Spain) This project work has used digital technology across a three week period. It has produced many forms of work, such as short performances, tourist brochures, posters, PowerPoint presentations and quiz shows. It has largely been student-directed and it has been great to see everyone working enthusiastically to finish the year so positively.
Our Year 6’s have also been doing a great job working on their ‘surprise’ pieces of work for their Prep Buddies. All have risen to the challenge of using their time effectively in class and we hope to have the ‘surprise’ ready for the last week of term to share with our buddies. I wish you all ¡Buena suerte! in high school next year- you will be missed!
There are many children’s TV shows on Netflix that can be accessed with sub-titles which is a great way to encourage listening and reading in Spanish, so I encourage all students to try this if possible.
Practice every day words as part of your conversation. One Year 5 student mentioned that she always greeted people with a “¡Hola!” instead of a hello these days- it’s so easy to incorporate what you already know into conversations!
¡Que tengan unas felices y seguras vacaciones y nos vemos el próximo año!
(Have a safe and happy holiday and see you next year!)