Sunderland pupils enjoy Spanish-style festival

Grangetown Primary School youngsters enjoy a Spanish festival.

Grangetown Primary School youngsters enjoy a Spanish festival.

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Wearside youngsters held a festival of fun with a Spanish flair.

Grangetown Primary School held its third annual Fiesta Espanola, celebrating Spanish culture, art and language.

Grangetown Primary School youngsters enjoy a Spanish festival.

Grangetown Primary School youngsters enjoy a Spanish festival.

The youngsters at the Spelterworks Road school have been learning Spanish for three years, and each of those years has ended with a day-long fiesta.

Everyone dressed in the colours of the Spanish flag – or became Lionel Messi or Ronaldo for the day, by wearing the Real Madrid or Barcelona FC football kit.

There were also 
colourful Spanish dancers and elegant matadors.

On the day, the children took part in a range of activities, with nursery and reception youngsters making their own paella.

Grangetown Primary School youngsters enjoy a Spanish festival.

Grangetown Primary School youngsters enjoy a Spanish festival.

Year 1 and 2 students made sombreros and baked Spanish biscuits, Years 3 and 4 painted in the style of Picasso, Year 5 used their iPads to conduct filmed interviews with younger children about Spain, and Year 6 were introduced to some traditional Spanish stories.

Every class enjoyed a special storytelling session with Nathalie Paris and a salsa dance session with Tori De Gama, head of languages at the Venerable Bede CE Academy.

Spanish teacher Carmen Rodrigues organised an assembly to open the day, which included a play, performed by the children in Spanish, and some songs from the Grangetown choir, again in Spanish.

Miss Rodriguez said: “Once again, our teachers and our visitors worked hard to create an exciting and engaging range of activities, and the children responded with great enthusiasm. The Spanish dance performances were brilliant.”

Les McAnaney, headteacher, said: “It was a tremendous day and a perfect way to end another successful year of teaching Spanish which is now well-established in the school, thanks to Miss Rodriguez. The children love their weekly lessons.”