On day one, we went to the local market where pupils competed to find the name of an item in Spanish for each letter of the alphabet. They were also challenged to buy the most interesting item they could find for just one euro. This resulted in an array of unusual items including a pig’s trotter and a complete sheep’s head. Pupils could not believe that the Spanish use these in their cooking!
In the afternoon we visited the beautiful, medieval village, Santillana del Mar and pupils were very appreciative of the detailed architecture and quaint buildings. Here we went for a traditional Spanish meal, including paella, squid, stews and egg flan.
Pupils practised their Spanish by completing interviews of tourists, finding out where they were from and what they were visiting. Pupils found this fairly challenging but fun.
On day two, we spent the morning at a school, Colegio Atalaya. It is a school of similar size to ours and very friendly. Pupils spent the morning playing board games with the Spanish pupils and going to a variety of lessons. They were fairly tired after having to concentrate so much to understand everything, but they really appreciated the experience, not to mention making Spanish friends. We are planning further projects with the school to keep the communication going between the pupils.
After relaxing on the beach for a short while, pupils then completed a quiz in Spanish around the Royal park, el Parque de la Magdalena, before going to a restaurant for our evening meal.
On the final day, we went to the maritime museum where we were given a guided talk in Spanish. Pupils learnt about whales and other local sea life and visited the aquarium which had sharks and stingrays. Pupils then completed a town trail in Spanish and completed further interviews in Spanish but this time, they interviewed local people about what they like and dislike about their town.
It was a fantastic trip and the pupils really put their all into practising their Spanish. We were really proud of them all.