Cinco de Mayo

The Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for The Fifth of May. The Cinco de Mayo (The Fifth of May) is a day of celebrations for the people of Mexico and Mexican-Americans.

What does “Cinco de Mayo” celebrate?

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage, culture, and pride. Cinco de Mayo! It’s everyone’s favourite Mexican holiday, a chance to listen to traditional music, eat some Mexican party food and maybe even speak some Spanish with friends.

 

What do people do to celebrate?

The day is celebrated with parades, carnivals, street fairs, and sometimes fireworks at night. There are some traditional Mexican celebrations such as the Baile Folklorico dance along with mariachi music. People dress up in traditional Mexican clothing as well.

 

To celebrate the “Cinco de Mayo” students learnt about the Mexican cultural celebrations and had the opportunity to try some yummy Churros!

 

Week 8

¿Cómo te llamas?

 

 

Students in Year 1 and 2 have been learning how to ask someone their name and introduce themselves in Spanish.

This has allowed students the opportunity to learn how to ask and answer “Hola. ¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo ____.” (Hello. What’s your name? I am called ________) This has given students a chance to strengthen their oral language skills.

As part of the lesson students listened to the song ¿Cómo te llamas? They sang along and participated by using our own names.

Students by the end of the lesson were able to introduce themselves in Spanish. Here are some examples of the student’s oral language.

 

 

Churros – Year 5’s

 

 

Churros are a famous Spanish treat that are popular in many countries. They are often eaten at breakfast – desayuno or as a snack – bocado. Churros are a deep fried-dough pastry that is typically served with hot chocolate.

Students spent the morning cooking our own version of ‘churros’.

We began the lesson by discussing the cultural aspects of any community besides its language, its food is a very important part of its culture. Especially, when we’re talking about Spain, with its vibrant traditions and unique style of life!

Cooking allowed students to discuss and examine the similarities and differences of foods from around the world and what they eat at home. It promoted discussions regarding certain beliefs and stereotypes and allowed for the uniqueness of diversity that makes up our class to be reflected on.

Discussions regarding diversity helped students to gain an appreciation and sensitivity towards different cultures.

It led to a reflection on the strength of food to bring people together – How it is good to enjoy, celebrate and explore foods from all cultures. Especially given the multicultural community that students in our class come from and celebrating these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the photos we took of the students cooking







Week 6

During Week 6, the Year 1’s and 2 students have been practicing greetings using songs and corresponding actions. This activity helped expand the students’ understanding and usage of common greetings. Please enjoy watching some of the Year 2’s canto y baile – singing and dancing.

 

Week 4 – Year 5, 6 and 7

‘A multitude of research shows that learning a new language offers many rewards.’

Dr Michiko Weinmann and Dr Ruth Arber,
Deakin University

 

This week with the students we have been discussing the benefits of learning a second language. Students have been engaging in an inquiry looking at the positives of learning a second language and presenting their finds to the class.

Here are some of the information they presented:

There are many benefits to learning another language and being multilingual. The reality is that the majority of people worldwide speak and study several languages and it’s just a part of life. The data suggests there are more first language speakers of Chinese and Spanish than of English.

We are already globally connected in so many ways, linguistically, culturally and spatially through popular culture – think international films, manga comics, Latin dancing, travel, social media, and cuisine – to assume that someone only speaks one language or only has one culture is not representative of the globalised world we live in.

What are the benefits of learning a new language? 

When your brain has to switch between speech, writing and structure, you become a better multi-tasker and improve your memory and attention span. You also become a better traveller – locals love it when you make the effort to have a conversation in their language.

Languages help you advance your career by making you stand out and giving you global mobility – opportunities open up for employment and an international career around the world. Employers today are looking for well-rounded employees who are global citizens and have an understanding of other cultures. Being able to speak another language certainly ticks those boxes.

When we learn languages it’s more than just words, we learn about people, cultures and history – and see the world through other people’s eyes. It’s never too late to start learning a language!

Languages are powerful and in demand, and can take you around the world volunteering and travelling. Let’s not forget the main benefit – learning a language is a lot of fun!

Expand your horizons and study a language today!

Lunar New Year – A cross-curricular approach

In 2018, the official Chinese and Vietnamese New Year celebrations will commence on the 16th Febrero, and continue through to 2 Marzo. Many festivals and events will take place throughout this time to mark the beginning of the Año del Perro, (Year of the Dog). Opening students to celebrations and traditions from around the world is a powerful way to build their cultural understanding and develop their respect for others.

Año del Perro 2018 – Year of the Dog 2018

Felicidades en el nuevo año lunar bajo el signo del perro

 

During Weeks 2 and 3, students have been examining the cultural traditions of Vietnamese and Chinese New Year with a Spanish twist.

The Receptions and Year 1’s have been investigating El Baile de el Dragon (The Dragon Dance). They discussed what they liked about the baile (dance) and their experiences at the assembly.

 

Nine Asian countries celebrate the Lunary New Year. As part of the celebrations the year 2’s had a lot of fun learning about Chinese and Vietnamese New Year. The Year 2’s really enjoyed making Dragon y Perro masks for Chinese and Vietnamese New Year.

Hola, Bienvenidos 2018

 

Señora Opazo and Señora Nuñez welcome you back to Holy Family Catholic School, 2018, for another exciting year of Español – Spanish.

We are looking forward to seeing you all this year. Please do not hesitate to visit our rooms to view the amazing learning going on!

 

 

As you know Spanish is widely spoken throughout the global community.

Flamenco

For Harmony Day students in Year 2 performed a Flamenco Dance at the assembly. It was a great effort by all the students involved. We want to give a big “Gracias” (thank you) to Louisa who organised the choreography. Here are some photos of the children learning the flamenco.

Spanish/Music

The Year 2 Spanish students combined with the Music students to create a dance and song using Spanish words. It was a great effort by the students! Please enjoy their “hermosa presentacion”