Unique Spanish Exchange for pupils.

We're the only primary school in the Mersey region and beyond with a YEAR 6 SPANISH EXCHANGE like this! In October, each school year, for the past 6 years, we've welcomed pupils from the Maristas School in Pamplona. They stay with our pupils for a week and enjoy English life; with a fun week in school, and cultural days out! And then we return to Spain in June to spend time & learn with them again!

IT WAS A VERY BUSY WEEK OF THE YEAR FOR OUR FAMILIES, STAFF AND ALL THE SPANISH EXCHANGE STUDENTS, FROM SUNDAY 2 JUNE TO 7 JUNE 2019. The trip to Pamplona enabled us to deepen our intercultural understanding, and to practise our Spanish language. Activities in school included e-safety sessions with the Policia de Navarra, the local police in charge of e-safety for schools. Our friends helped to translate the session for us. Cultural visits included to the site of the famous 'Bull Run' in Pamplona, which raised various debates! We also had a fantastic day at the Basque Aquarium and the beach at San Sebastian.

Teachers have also been sharing their skills and pedagogy with each other, both online and in face to face work experience visits. We're all improving our language learning skills too. Yes, Erasmus+ is supporting this too!

We return to Pamplona each June, for a sunny, warm experience in Spain, enjoying the hospitality of our partner school's friends and families! We visit wonderful places, of cultural significance! WE GO TO SCHOOL THERE; AND PRACTISE OUR SPANISH. An experience of a lifetime -   and a very cheap one, thanks to an 'Erasmus +' European Union grant of £80,000, administered by the wonderful British Council in Cardiff!

Due to a change of leadership and restructuring in our partner school in Spain, the exchange is going to take place 'on line' only, in 2019-20. We look forward to renewing our physical exchange links the following year!

ALL JUNIOR PUPILS HERE LEARN SPANISH - LED BY OUR HEADTEACHER, WHO IS A GRADUATE IN SPANISH & PORTUGUESE. THE SCHOOL IS A CENTRE FOR PRIMARY LANGUAGE LEARNING; and teacher training in primary languages takes place termly in our school, all year round, initially funded by the Department for Education's Languages Hub scheme. We are a member of the north west Primary Languages Network.





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