Modern Foreign Language
At Cubbington Primary School we offer the opportunity to start learning Spanish in a hands-on and fun way to all Key Stage 2 pupils. Why not try out the Spanish alphabet below and listen to the sounds of this fascinating language.
The Spanish Alphabet (El alfabeto)
A: el avión (the plane)
B: el botón (the button)
C: el carro (the car)
D: el dinosaurio (the dinosaur)
E: el elefante (the elephant)
F: la familia (the family)
G: el globo (the globe)
H: la hamaca (the hammock)
I: la isla (the island)
J: el jugo (the juice)
K: el kilogramo (the kilogram)
L: la lámpara (the lamp)
M: la madre (the mother)
N: la noche (the night)
O: el océano (the ocean)
P: los pantalones (the trousers)
Q: el quintillizo (the quintuplet)
R: la rata (the rat)
S: la serpiente (the snake)
T: el tigre (the tiger)
U: el unicornio (the unicorn)
V: el volcán (the volcano)
W: el wok (the wok)
X: el xilófono (the xylophone)
Y: la yema (the yolk)
Z: el zigzag (the zigzag)
Beyond the Spanish lessons
Having pen pals in a different country profoundly stirs the imagination of children.
We have exchanged letters, posters and emails with our partner schools from Spain. Cubbington School is part of the eTwinning network of European schools, funded by the EU Erasmus + programme and managed by the British Council in the UK . We have access to a platform for teachers to set up projects and collaborations across all areas of the curriculum. Their web address is www.etwinning.net.
Over the years our pupils have come up with great ideas on how to make their letters beautiful and special for their pen pals in Spain. They have tried to use Spanish in their letters as often as possible and our Spanish partners have practised their English. Our pen pal Spanish schools have been:
2008-2009: Colegio de Educación Infantil y Primaria (CEIP) Vicente Tena, in Jávea near Alicante (Comunidad Valenciana); Y4 pupils introduced themselves and their hobbies;
2011-2013: CEIP Angel Frigola, La Mojonera, Almería (Andalucia). Y5 pupils exchanged letters about their pets and created a class poster putting together their portraits;
2011-2012: CEIP Virgen de la Salud, in Alcañices near Zamora (Castilla y León). Y6 pupils received letters to which they wrote freely on drafts in English and Spanish (with support from the teacher) comparing the two languages sentence by sentence. In their final versions they only used Spanish.
2012-2013 Escola Ribagorςana in Lleida (Catalonia); both Y5 and Y6 wrote about their hobbies and Easter time celebrations in England.
2014-2015: the Colegio Alcalde Carrasco in Herencia (Castilla-La Mancha) sent us letters and the Y6 pupils replied (see photos).
Skype in the Classroom
At Cubbington we have an account to the service called Skype in the Classroom within the Microsoft network for educators and another account specifically for Spanish. Skype offers fantastic opportunities to connect and share. We have used Skype in an assembly where our school community established a contact with Poland.