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Spring Term

 

The topic for the Spring term is Pets.

We will be learning pet names, plurals and their rules, the use of verb "tener" (to have) in a sentence, and describing pets.

Also, we will be continuing our learning of telling time in Spanish.

 

Pets

 

 

If you noticed, these animal names have different articles depending on their gender: Masculine has "el", Feminine has "la". Both mean "the" in English.

 

Now, take a look at this sentence:

 

 

It translates as "I have got a (pet) called (name of the pet)".

Here, we use the indefinite article "a" that in Spanish take these two singular forms: "un" for masculine, "una" for feminine.

This is a very simple and easy structure to follow, so practice and master it! no

 

Plurals

 

These are the rules for making plurals in Spanish. Make sure you don't forget them!

 

 

Describing physical appearance pets

 

For pets description we will follow this structure:

 

 

An example of description would be: "Mi mascota tiene la cola marrón y larga".

First, notice word agreement: "cola" is feminine and so are the adjectives "marrón" and "larga", and the article "la".

Second, word order: article ("la") + noun ("cola") + adjectives ("marrón", "larga"). 

 

Telling time

 

 

When we want to say 'o'clock' in Spanish we follow this structure: "Son las" + hour.

 Rule breaker!: when it is 1 o'clock we say "Es la una". Why? Because 1 is singular, and so need to be the verb and the article. Keep it in mind.#

 

 

We add the words "y media" after the hour. Same rule breaker for 1 applies here.

 

 

The structure is: "son las" + hour + "y cuarto" (careful with the spelling. Don't get confused with number 4).

For quarter past 1 is "Es la una y cuarto".

 

 

We add the words "menos cuarto" after the hour. Same rule breaker for 1 applies here as well.

Autumn 2 - 2018

 

Ready for the new half-term?

The topic is weather. We will learn how to say what the weather's like with confidence.

 

 

Our first aim will be saying: 'In (name of city) is (weather condition)'.

You might remember that 'in' in Spanish is "en". Quite similar! Just remember to read it in Spanish smiley.

 

For names of cities/boroughs in Spain just have a look on this map and pick your favourite one:

 

 

Next, a quick glance on the weather conditions chart above will show you that we use different verbs depending on the climatic condition we want to state. These are:

 

- "Está": it literally means 'is' in English.

- "Hay": it means 'there is/are", but we will translate it here as 'is' in order to make sense for us.

- "Hace": it means 'it makes'. Once again, let's translate it as 'is'.

 

And this is all we need to get it right. Here you are some examples:

 

- En Madrid hace frío.

- En Córdoba hace calor.

- En Barcelona llueve.

 

But we can also make more complex and interesting sentences like:

 

- En Cáceres hace viento y llueve, pero en Sevilla hace sol y hace calor.

 

We have used two old friends: "y" (and), and "pero" (but).

 

We can also use the adverb "no" to make simple negative sentences:

 

- En Segovia hay niebla, pero en Madrid no hay niebla.

 

Let's use our previous knowledge to explore this new topic!

 

Mr Castro

Autumn 1 - 2018

 

¡Bienvenidos! Are we ready to learn more Spanish this year? Here are the topics for Autumn 1:

 

Instructions and Classroom Routines

 

 

We already knew these ones from last year, but we have many more to come! Check them out:

 

 

Can you work out their meaning just by looking at the pictures? Some of the are tricky? Don't you worry! We will see then in class one by one. By the end of the year you will know them all by heart surprise

The especial one for this half-term is:

 

 

"Can I go to the toilet, please?" A very important question indeed! Just don't forget the actions.

 

Big numbers till 1000

 

We already learned numbers till 31 last year. Now it is time to explore tens and hundreds. You will see that it is easier than it looks. Step by step. First, the tens:

 

 

Pay attention to colour code. There is an action attached to each colour.

 

Now, the hundreds:

 

 

It is very important that you remember your Spanish phonics. Check the phonics table from time to time and practice.

 

And finally, numbers including hundreds, tens, and units:

 

 

All numbers from 30 to 100 follow this structure: "ten's name" + "y" (and) + "unit". For example: 57 would be "cincuenta y siete". Piece of cake!

 

And, what about hundreds? Very simple: "hundred's name" + "ten's name" + "y" + "unit". Let me show you with an example: 246 would be "doscientos cuarenta y seis". Do you see? Not complicated at all.

 

And now, do some practice on your own!

 

Telling the time

 

This half-term we are going to learn the basic reading of time in Spanish, that is: o'clock and half-past.

 

 

When we want to say 'o'clock' in Spanish we follow this structure: "Son las" + hour.

 Rule breaker!: when it is 1 o'clock we say "Es la una". Why? Because 1 is singular, and so need to be the verb and the article. Keep it in mind.

 

 

We add the words "y media" after the hour. Same rule breaker for 1 applies here.

 

 

The structure is: "son las" + hour + "y cuarto" (careful with the spelling. Don't get confused with number 4).

For quarter past 1 is "Es la una y cuarto".

 

 

We add the words "menos cuarto" after the hour. Same rule breaker for 1 applies here as well.

 

Mr Castro

 

Summer 1

 

Hola a todos. Summer Term is for sports. We've already learned the names of a good number of them, so now it is time to learn some equipment as well:

 

 

Can you match each piece of equipment with the sports you already know?

 

Mr Castro