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At Chalkhill School all children in Key Stage 2 learn Spanish with Mrs Mallek. They currently receive 45 minutes of Spanish lessons per week. The rest of the school enjoy workshops and activites in Spanish throughout the year, including a trip to Spain available for Years 5 and 6 pupils and a themed week in which the whole school takes part.

On Sunday 14th May 16 pupils and four members of staff travelled to Spain for a linguistic and cultural Spanish immersion. On Monday they spent the day at the Spanish school. They met their pen-pals and took part in many workshops. They also visited the Marcilla castle and met the Mayor! On Tuesday they spent the day at a farm, they went on a horse carriage, made candles, fed the animals, held a hawk, cooked roscos and ate a delicious paella. On Wednesday they visited Pamplona in the morning and had a disco with their Spanish friends. On Thursday they visited Senda Viva! The pupils had so much fun! Then Friday home sweet home.

Here is what some pupils had to say about the trip.

On Sunday morning we had to go to school at 04.30 am. We were very excited and nervous. We had to wake up at 03:00am. The journey was exciting and very emotional, parents were crying and some children as well.

On the plane some children were very scared because they had never been on a plane. We had a snack and lots of children brought sweets (one day they might lose their teeth).We were making jokes and playing lots of games. When we got to Bilbao we had to go on a coach (we were like sloths so lazy and it was super uncomfortable) It took us about 3 hours.

As we arrived to the hotel everybody started running to their rooms. Once we got changed we went to the park and met our pen-pals. On  Tuesday we were going to visit a  Farm and it was a great opportunity to see eagles, owls, horses hens  etc. We hope the people that are going to Spain next year would have a lovely time. By Sarah, Kabas and Stefi  in yr5.‚Äč


We now have acces to the 5ADay website from home.

Pupils can access the website clicking on:

The 5-a-day TV screen contains six channels:

Fitness, Language, Time-2-Chill, Leadership, School, Games, and Shopping.

Clicking on a channel will give you access to the routines and resources within that section.

Pupils are asked to go to the: 5-a-day Language Channel

The fun fitness videos with Modern Foreign Language voiceovers and on-screen translations in French, Spanish, and Welsh. Practice your Spanish by using the Spanish videos and choreographies.

Each MLF video has three levels. Level 1 offers on-screen keywords in English and Spanish. Level 2 has foreign language keywords only, and Level 3 is without keywords. These routines are great and veryinteractive for children to practice their Spanish.


Queridos Padres y alumnos, 

On the week of the 20th March was Spanish week. This year we focused on the Dominican republic.

The pupils took part in a range of activities, they made a tropical fruit salad with Dominican fruit such as “Dragon Fruit”, “Star Fruit” and Papaya. They also learnt about the Taíno culture through their art. 

On Wednesday we had the privilege to try Dominican cuisine. It was absolutely delicious! A big thank you to our chef Franco and the kitchen staff who are amazing. All classes also attended a Dominican Merengue dance workshop. Everyone enjoyed the experience even the staff.

On the last day was Non Uniform Day. Pupils wore colourful outfits, they looked gorgeous and brought light to the school.

The pupils and staff have enjoyed finding out about The Dominican Republic and that they have learnt some new Spanish vocabulary.



Pupils in year 6 have taken part in a international project with a school in Madrid. The project is: "A day in the life".

This project invites students to do a presentation of their typical day including aspects such as school, commute, and friends. They were also given the opportunity to explore typical days from students in another country and examine any similarities and differences.

Spanish News/ las Noticias

This year 15 pupils travelled to Marcilla, Spain on the 15th May 2016.

On Sunday 15th May we left school at 9.00am and arrived at our hotel in Spain at 21.00. It was a long journey and when we arrived the children were very excited! On our way to the hotel we stopped at Marcilla and met some of our penpals.

The next day we visited the Halconera de Sancho, the school farm in Funes. What a great day! The pupils and staff took part in different workshops all in Spanish. After that we went to Marcilla and met our penpals again at the park.

On Tuesday we spent the day at the school. We took part in lots of activities and had lunch with them. We also visited the Castillo de Marcilla and met the new mayor.

On Wednesday we visited the city of Pamplona in the morning. It was lovely, the pupils and staff tried “Mosto” a typical Spanish drink with “Rabas”, yummy!! We then went back to Marcilla for lunch at the Sala Week end with the penpals. 14 Spanish pupils joined us it was a lovely experience.  We then walked to the lake and finally the Disco! It was so much fun!

On Thursday we went to Senda Viva park, there the pupils went on all the ride,  attended a bird of prey show and a workshop in Spanish during which they were told about how and what to feed the different animals, they also had to clean up after. It was a really good day, most of our children say the best day of the week.

On Friday morning we went to say goodbye to our Spanish friends at the school. They performed some dances for us, even some Irish dance! It was great. We also performed our wake up shake up in front of the school and ended having a mini disco on the playground. It was a really nice way to finish the week. We arrived at school at 03.00am. We were all exhausted!



SPANISH AT CHALKHILL! We are very proud to announce that our school was asked  by The Network For languages, London School For Excellence Fund to participate in a case study on teaching languages. We were selected as we have a whole school approach to teaching Spanish. Mrs Mallek arranged for staff to attend a six week Spanish up-skilling course and fostered the embedment of Spanish in PE and Music. The video can be viewed from: