Fiesta time at a Sunderland primary school

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Youngsters at a city school enjoyed a colourful fiesta to celebrate multi-cultural life.

The children at Grangetown Primary School held their fourth annual Fiesta Española bringing their school to life.

The Spanish Day was a colourful day of art, dance, language, storytelling and food, all with a flavour of Spain.

Les McAnaney, headteacher at the Spelterworks Road school, said the children have been learning Spanish for four years and each of those years has ended with a day-long fiesta.

During the day the children all enjoyed a Spanish dance session and had a chance to try out some Spanish recipes - some classes made paella whilst others baked Spanish biscuits.

The children learned about Spanish art, including doing some of their own painting in the style of Picasso.

It was a brilliant day. Spanish is now well established in the school

Les McAnaney

They also enjoyed a workshop with visiting local storyteller Nathalie Paris, telling tales on a Spanish theme.

Mr McAnaney said: “Everyone dressed in the colours of the Spanish flag - we had Spanish dancers, matadors, and of course there were Real Madrid and Barcelona football strips on display.”

Spanish teacher, Carmen Rodrigues, organised an assembly to open the day, which included a play, performed by the children in Spanish.

Miss Rodriguez said: “Everyone worked hard to create an exciting mix of activities. The children produced some fantastic work and some tasty Spanish food too.

“It was a great way to celebrate yet another successful year of Spanish.”

Mr McAnaney, headteacher, said deciding to introduce Spanish to the curriculum has proved to be a huge success.

He said: “It was a brilliant day. Spanish is now well-established in the school, and the children are becoming very proficient, they also love learning about Spanish culture, and dancing to Spanish music.”