Feliz Navidad!

On Thursday 2nd December we welcomed 60 Year 5 and 6 pupils from local Kilmersdon Primary School for a Languages Day.

Mrs Iglesias (Teacher of Spanish) and Downside Sixth Form linguists introduced the visiting pupils to Spanish and to Christmas traditions from Spain, underpinning the importance of learning a language hand-in-hand with the country’s culture. The event also included quizzes, Christmas songs, and the creation of Spanish-themed Christmas cards for the pupils to take home.

The very enjoyable and rewarding day concluded with some of the pupils’ parents joining us for a delicious afternoon tea in the School café. The chocolate con churros were very popular!

This day wouldn’t have been so successful without the help of our wonderful Sixth Form linguists who helped promote language learning and really inspired the younger pupils to develop a love for languages.

From Laila, Downside Lower Sixth:
‘I think helping out the younger pupils with learning about Christmas in Spain was one of my most enjoyable days this term. I enjoyed seeing the excitement that I have for languages translate to every single pupil throughout the whole day. They were fascinated in everything from the fact that Christmas lasts longer in Spain to the fact that fish is more commonly eaten than the traditional English turkey. It is so important that children learn languages as it creates so many new friendships just through speaking the same language and a better understanding of people and later in life will open many doors in terms of job-seeking.’

From Maddie, Downside Upper Sixth:
‘I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of having local primary school children come to our school to have a day filled with Spanish-themed fun. We taught them about Christmas traditions in Spain and I learnt new things myself. I was thankful for the opportunity to show the children why learning a different language is beneficial and, most of all, fun! It’s good for children to learn a new language from a young age, as it introduces them to new cultures, traditions, people and the opportunity to gain a new set of linguistic skills. The Spanish/Christmas themed day was the highlight of my Language Leaders Award, which I am in the process of completing. This involves assisting with and teaching weekly Spanish lessons with the younger pupils and lending my language skills to the younger years.’