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European Day of Languages!

 

September 26th is the European Day of Languages. So we have celebrated that day today by having an assembly to discover just why it is so important to learn a foreign language. We learnt some amazing facts about languages, including how many languages are spoken around the world and what the most commonly spoken language is. If you would like to find out the answers to these questions and more interesting facts, the powerpoint from our assembly is below.

 

Over the next two weeks, each class will research a famous landmark in Spain. Each class will then present their findings in our celebration assembly on the 15th of October and their posters will be displayed alongside our map of Spain near the reading scheme area.

Another triumph at the Primary Languages Festival!

 

On Wednesday, 15 children from Years 4, 5 and 6 went with Miss Hopewell to the 2018 Primary Languages Festival at Greenbank High. We sang quite a tricky song about the seasons, however the childrens’ hard work paid off and they sang it fantastically well! I think everyone was in agreement about how superb they were. A massive well done and thank you goes to Madison, Mark, Anya, Reuben, Millie, Merin, Heidi, Sophie, Lacey, Niamh, Mia, Lucy, Abi, Rosa and Lexi. Thank you also to parents and carers for your support with the event, especially with the costumes. 

What a fantastic evening!

 

On the 22nd of March 2017, 13 children from Melling Primary participated in the Primary Languages Festival at Greenbank High. We were one of twelve primary schools who performed on the night and I have to say, we were one of the best!

 

A huge well done goes to Ben Whelan, Olivia Cannon, Zoe Wild, Taylor Ponder, Madison Garrity, Dylan Goodwin, Mark McClennan, Emma O'Sullivan, Eva Johnson, Emma Duggan, Rosie White, Jamie Hogan and Reghan Culshaw. Your performance was outstanding, full of confidence, smiles and excellent pronunciation. I felt especially proud to hear wonderful comments from both children and teachers in other schools.

 

We hope to participate in the festival on an annual basis so other children will have another chance to join in next year. If you would like to have a go at singing the song we performed see the video below!

Colorín Colorado

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¡Felíz Navidad!

Happy Christmas! Last week in Melling Primary, Señorita Hopewell did a whole school assembly telling everyone all about how they celebrate Christmas in Spain.  There are quite a few differences! For example:

  • In Spain, they have their main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day.
  • On New Years Eve, Spanish people eat a grape with each chime of the bell at midnight. They make a wish and they believe eating the twelve grapes brings them luck for the twelve months of the following year.
  • In Spain, they don't believe that Father Christmas brings their presents, but rather that the Three Kings bring them, as they did when baby Jesus was born.
  • The Three Kings bring the children presents on the 6th of January (Epiphany). The night before, the children fill their shoes with straw and place them outside their door. In the morning, the straw is gone and if they've been good, presents are in their place. If they've been bad, there is coal in their shoes!

 

This week has also been very exciting in Melling Primary, as we have received Christmas cards and letters from our pen pals in Villa Romana school in León!

Christmas vocabulary in Spanish

¡Hola! ¡Bienvenida a Melling Primaria!

 

We have been very lucky over the past two weeks to have a Spanish teacher (Señora Coca) with us from our link school, Villa Romana. She spent a day with each class, teaching them some Spanish vocabulary and showing them videos of her school and town, León. Everyone in our school has had a lot of fun, but also we have learnt a lot about the cultural differences between the two schools and where we live.

 

During her time here, she also taught the whole school the song 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in Spanish! See below for the video. If you would like to join in, the words are as follows:

 

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies, rodillas, pies (x2)

Ojos, orejas, boca y nariz,

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies, rodillas, pies

Melling Primary singing 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in Spanish

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Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies, rodillas, pies (x2)
Ojos, orejas, boca y nariz,
Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies, rodillas, pies
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