Spanish Festivals and Traditions
Activites for teaching about Spanish culture in Primary Schools
Spanish Festivals and Traditions helps children to better understand how Spanish children lead their lives. Comparisons are regularly made with similar routines and traditions in England.There is an event for each month of the year with each event containing:
  • background information
  • key vocabulary
  • detailed lists of possible teaching activities
  • optional photocopiable sheets
Ideas range from making cards and reading/writing poems to playing games and cooking traditional recipes.

Analysis grids show where and how the Intercultural Strand of the Framework of Modern Languages is covered, both by objective and year group.

The final section provides detailed plans for organizing a French Day in your school - an ideal way to raise the profile of modern foreign languages and enthuse both staff and children.

The aspects covered include:
  • !Año Nuevo!
    El día de los Reyes (New Year's Day/Epiphany)
  • Carnaval (Festival time)
    El día de San Valentin (Valentine's Day)
  • Las Fallas de San José (The Torches of Saint Joseph)
    El festival de Flamenco de Jerez
  • Semana Santa (Holy Week, Easter)
    La Feria de abril (Seville's April Fair
  • Las Cruces de mayo (May Crosses)
    La Feria del Caballo (Jerez Horse Fair)
    El día de la Madre (Mother's Day)
  • Las Hogueras de San Juan (Bonfires of Saint John)
    Feliz Cumpleaños (Happy Birthday)
  • Las Fiestas de San Fermin
    Symbols of Spain
    Cuentos de hadas (Fairy stories)
  • La Tomatina (The world's biggest food fight)
    Planning a holiday
    How is Spanish culture incorporated into our everyday life?
  • La Fiesta de la Vendimia (Grape harvest festival)
    La vuelta ciclista a España (Annual cycle race)
    A typical school day in Spain
    Comparing pastimes and everyday life
  • El día de la Hispanidad (Spanish National Day)
    Changing stereotypes
    Role models for children
  • Alimento español (Spanish food)
    El día de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day)
    Comparing buildings and places
  • Feliz Navida (Happy Christmas)
For the pupil, Spanish Festivals and Traditions:
  • gives clear examples of significant aspects of Spanish culture
  • is full of fun activities that relate to all sorts of social and occupational ways of life, pastimes etc
  • develops his/her sense of context through numerous intercultural comparisons
  • helps to foster positive attitudes towards other cultures
  • helps develop a better sense of his/her own culture as he/she now has another one to compare it with
  • makes the learning of the Spanish language more meaningful
Copy of "Contents", "Introduction", "Analysis by Year Group"and "Successful teaching ideas for new vocabulary" pages. ("Analysis by Objective" not shown)
There's lots of useful information to help when organising a Spanish Day in your school
You can see at a glance where the objectives are convered in the book for each year through KS1 and KS2
(Not shown here in "Analysis by Objective" sesction; you can see where the various interculatural learning objectives are covered in the book).
Copy of Unit 3 (March)
There is one chapter for each month of the year
There are useful suggestions to help with the learning of new vocabulary