Year 4 Spanish
Summer term 2023
We are completing a unit on Spanish geography and finding out about places in major cities. We are learning nouns for places in town, and adjectives to describe them. We are remembering to place the adjective after the noun in our Spanish sentences, instead of before it as in English.
We will write a short text to describe a town in Spain - it could be Madrid, Barcelona, Santander, Valencia, La Coruña or Sevilla. It will say in Spanish: "In my town there is...". We will make a triarama, which turns into a triangle stand up town. Here are photos of children's work from 2023 - well done on some fantastic sentences Year 4!:
Year 4 have Spanish once a fortnight. We will continue to study Spanish phonics in year 4 to help with reading and pronouncing Spanish really well.
Autumn term 2022
We are remembering the questions we learnt in year 3 to introduce ourselves.
What's your name? How are you feeling?
¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Cómo estás?
We are learning how to say our age this term.
Year 4 are learning numbers 11-20. We have completed sums in Spanish, what a challenge!
In normal times, we start each lesson actively by learning the hula. Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_Clwq4osEQ
We are moving on to learning the months of the year ready to put into a sentence to say our birthday.
We will ask "When is your birthday?" and answer in a full sentence. We may even be able to say someone else's birthday. We will sing "Happy Birthday" in Spanish. Join in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT3Qgt3QjJ4
We finished our learning in this unit by creating a birthday cake. We wrote our age and birthday. Some children even wrote the questions "How old are you?" and "When is your birthday?" Here is their work:
Spring Term 2023
We are learning 9 animal nouns so that we can talk about the pets we have (or don't have). We are discovering how a Spanish bi-lingual dictionary works and enjoyed looking up animals in the dictionary.
Nouns in Spanish are masculine or feminine and we are learning about this grammatical idea. Do we need to say "un" or "una"?
We are using animal nouns in a question to ask "Do you have...?" and in answers to say "I have..." or "I don't have..."
We are learning to say that we have "two cats" for example. So we are finding out about plural rules in Spanish.
We are remembering colour adjectives that we learned in year 3, so that we can try describing the colour of an animal.
We are working towards making a mini-book that we will share at home at the end of term. Our books are all in Spanish with fantastic artwork! We mustn't forget whether the animals are masculine or feminine nouns in Spanish!
Here are pictures of our lovely mini-books about animals from 2023 with lots of colour descriptions, as well as some children reading their story! Well done year 4!
Foxes - Noe.mp4
Foxes - Elizabeth.mp4
Rabbits - Julia.mp4
Rabbits - Norbert.mp4
Units of work from previous years
We learned shapes in Spanish and focussed on masculine and feminine nouns. We described the colour of each shape and remembered that in Spanish, the adjective goes after the noun: un/una + shape + colour.
We learned prepositions ready to understand descriptions of paintings. We played Simon Says in Spanish and acted out: up, down, left, right, in the centre - arriba, abajo, a la izquierda, a la derecha, en el centro.
We found out about a Spanish artist and read an extended Spanish description in order to recreate a painting by Joan Miró called El oro del azur - The Gold of the Azure. The original sold for £23 million a few years ago! How much could our work be worth? What do you think of the children's efforts below? Remember, they did not see the original painting until after they had read the Spanish description and finished their own piece.
We found out about the artist Salvador Dali. We recreated an art gallery in the classroom, and a discussion of his work. We wrote a fact file about him in Spanish.
We learned about techniques in Spanish to use with colouring pencils. We created bright, colourful butterflies. Here are some examples of our work:
We used different sketching techniques to create a background image for a birthday card. We pronounced the techniques in Spanish. We added our butterfly for a surreal effect. We wrote our cards in Spanish for a friend or family member. Here are some examples from 2020, completed hurriedly before the schools were closed early. A valient effort by the children!:
Culture and food
Before the Easter break, we looked at a traditional Spanish Easter cake recipe in Spanish. We found out the ingredients and looked for Spanish instruction verbs in the dictionary. The recipe is in the powerpoint below. We were lucky enough to make it in class with our class teachers during our cultural week. Watch the video of how to make these delicious buns on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SlE7uIYftQ