SUMMER got off to a flying start for Sunderland youngsters with a day-long fiesta.
To celebrate a year of being taught Spanish, children at Grangetown Primary School were treated to a day celebrating the country’s culture, featuring music, dance, art, storytelling and food.
Everyone dressed in the colours of the Spanish flag for activities.
Year 5 learned about the artist Picasso and created their own paintings in his style, reception and nursery cooked paella, Year 3 and 4 students explored the La Tomatina festival, and Years 1 and 2 made sombreros, baked biscuits and retold traditional stories.
The school’s cooks prepared tapas dishes to sample.
All the children enjoyed salsa dance sessions with Victoria da Gama, a teacher from The Venerable Bede Academy, and some had a flamenco session led by Belinda Martinez, a parent governor.
Visitors included song and dance group Latino Events and Coco Puente de la vega, from the Peruvian band Apu, who taught the Marengo and mambo dances.
Spanish teacher Carmen Rodriguez said: “The children have all worked very hard in Spanish lessons over the past year – every week we add a few more phrases and practise our pronunciation.
“Their enthusiasm and commitment has been really impressive –and during the fiesta they showed they’re just as talented at dance, art and cookery too.”
Les McAnaney, headteacher, said: “Spanish has taken off because of the commitment of our staff and the enthusiasm of the children, and Spanish Day gave everyone a chance to showcase their creativity and imagination in a fun and enjoyable way.”