Our Year 8 students enjoyed the sunshine in Valencia last week!
The aim of the trip was for students to practice their Spanish and experience Spanish culture.
Upon their return, Oscar and Amelia, Year 8 students, offered us their views about the trip:
“We went to Valencia for three days of learning all about the Spanish culture and language. Each day was full of exciting activities that helped us improve our understanding of Spanish, as well as having meals in different Spanish restaurants where we got a chance to practice the language.
On the first day, to start with we went to the central market and we were given a sheet to complete. It gave us things to do such as finding the names of some foods in Spanish. Afterwards, we went to a cooking class and learnt how to make Paella. The chef was very funny and taught us lots of new food vocabulary. The end result was delicious! Next we went back to the hostel for a quick break before heading to the school for some Spanish lessons.
On the second day we had more Spanish lessons first thing in the morning. They were great fun and really helpful for Spanish speaking later on in the trip. After lunch in the nearest square, we went on a tour of the old town in Valencia. It was very pretty and we learnt a lot about Spanish history and culture. We climbed the Serrano towers all the way to the top and the view was amazing! Finally, we learnt the traditional Spanish dance at a salsa lesson!
Saturday was our final day of activities. In the morning we took the bus to the modern town in Valencia and saw some of the incredible architecture. We visited a museum about “Las Fallas” and learnt a lot about the important Valencian festival. We had lunch on the beach and afterwards we paddled in the sea. It was very refreshing after a long, hot day!
Overall, going to Valencia was a great experience where we all had a lot of fun and managed to learn a lot. I think everyone who went could definitely agree that it helped us all with our Spanish and that we now have a much wider understanding of Spanish history and culture.”