Linguists love immersive trip to Madrid
Third and Fourth Year Modern Foreign Languages pupils enjoyed working on their linguistic skills and broadening their cultural knowledge on their trip to Madrid.
After a long journey to the Spanish capital, pupils explored the city to get their bearings and visited famous landmarks such as the Palacio Real, the Mercado de San Miguel and the Plaza Mayor – a huge public space in the heart of Madrid that was once the centre of Old Madrid.
The following day the trip activities started in earnest. In the morning, the students headed to Real Madrid’s Bernabéu stadium and museum. The afternoon saw them try their moves on the dancefloor as they took part in a thoroughly entertaining flamenco lesson.
Over the weekend, they continued to immerse themselves in Spanish culture by visiting Spain’s most important bull ring, Las Ventas, followed by a cookery class where they collectively made Tortilla Española, Paella and Tarta de Santiago for their lunch.
Sunday was a day of leisure where the pupils visited the famous ‘El Rastro’ flea market, which runs every Sunday in the heart of the city and has over 700 stalls. The pupils put their haggling skills to the test and practised their transactional Spanish with great success!
The afternoon was spent at the local Warner Brothers theme park and, despite the torrential rain, lots of fun was had by all.
Reflecting on the trip, Spanish Teacher Mrs Katherine Psaila said: “It was a pleasure to take the pupils to Madrid. They all immersed themselves fully in the activities and were a real credit to the school.
“A special thank you goes to Mrs Christmann and Mr Kendrick for accompanying the trip, which wouldn’t have been possible without them.”