Nineteen L4 students embarked on a Spanish adventure last week as we travelled to Spain’s capital Madrid on a cross-curricular trip. We had a jam-packed itinerary, with educational and cultural activities to support what the students have been learning in History, Spanish and Art.
On our first morning we visited the Prado Museum to study some of Spain’s most famous artists including Goya and Velasquez. After a traditional Spanish lunch of bocodillos (sandwiches) we bumped into some of Spain’s most famous celebrities such as Cristiano Ronaldo and former King Juan Carlos I in the Cera (wax) museum. We spent the afternoon playing Spanish language games in the beautiful Retiro Park.
Day 2 was an opportunity to practise our Spanish conversation skills. We shopped in Puerta del sol, in the heart of the city; completed a Spanish food treasure hunt in the stunning Mercado (market) San Miguel; and ate our bocodillos on the steps opposite the Palacio Real (Royal Palace). We spent the afternoon in Europe’s largest football stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu, home to Real Madrid FC. We toured the stadium’s grounds, trophy room and the team’s changing room. For many of our students, this was the highlight of the trip!
Our final morning began with a leisurely stroll through the streets to soak up the atmosphere and glorious sunshine. We then explored Madrid’s famous Art gallery, the Reina Sofia, home to many of Picasso’s paintings and sketches; the most famous of which is his impressive ‘Guernica’. The students have been learning about the Spanish Civil War and the tragic bombing of Guernica in 1937 in History lessons. They sat in front of, and studied the huge painting, then discussed and shared their opinions on how Picasso portrayed his emotions. We then sat in the gallery’s courtyard gardens to write a reflective poem in ‘Spanglish’. This trip was a perfect amalgamation of all the three subject areas, and really allowed the students to expand on what they had been learning back at school.
Overall, a fantastic trip with brilliant students,fabulous weather and an amazing city!