St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School pupils got a truly authentic taste of Spanish culture when Blue Coat teachers Mrs Sanchez and Miss Bermejo Albinana dressed in flamenco frocks and gave a demonstration of this dance and the salsa.
They had enthusiastically responded to a request from Ms Branegan, Modern Foreign Languages Lead at St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School, in Kirkby, asking if anyone could deliver a Spanish culture workshop at their school for its Spanish day.
Mrs Sanchez said: “Since both Miss Bermejo Albinana and I had experience working in primary schools and, as native speakers, we thought it could be a perfect opportunity for us to create some links and to show the work we do in Languages at The Blue Coat to students from different backgrounds.”
More than 100 pupils from Years 1 to 6 at the school enjoyed the five one-hour sessions, which included learning basic vocabulary, such as greetings, and singing Spanish songs. A series of games led to being taught the basics of flamenco and salsa dancing.
“They really enjoyed getting to know more about the origins of flamenco and salsa and they all loved putting the vocabulary they had learned into practice,” said Ms Sanchez, “it was a very rewarding experience for all of the pupils and members of the staff, who were extremely kind.
“We’d love to repeat the experience and I believe it also helps young students to consider choosing to take the Blue Coat exam, who perhaps have never even heard of the school but would benefit greatly in coming here.”