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Flamenco fun - Ole! Pupils enjoy Spanish fiesta day at primary.

Byline: ROB PATTINSON A ECHO Reporter

PUPILS were treated to a flavour of Spain with flamenco dancing followed by a giant paella during a "fiesta" day of celebrations.

The curriculum was relaxed as youngsters enjoyed a day of Spanish-themed activities complete with dancing, art and refreshments at Rive i rside Primary in Wallasey.

The event saw the school pair up with nearby Weatherhead High school, whose Spanish and dance teachers came into work with the children.

All pupils at the school, from the ages of three to 11, took part in the celebrations, organised by Spanish teacher Keren Elsen and her colleague Gina Harris to help them embrace a different culture and give i them a flavour of life on the continent.

Keren told ECHO Education: "We've had Spanish days before but I thought it would be a good idea to involve t v he experts from Weatherhead this year to do something a bit different.

"I spoke to their head of Spanish, Emma Ryan, and asked if she would like to get invo n lved and bring in some of their dance department too.

"It was an amazing day, they all really enjoyed themselves and got into the spirit of it.

"I've been teaching Spanish here for a few years and today was about making them understand a different way of life. It was also a chance for them to use the language they have a learned during the year. All the children and staff dressed up and really got into the spirit of the day."

As part of the project the school linked up with La Tasca restaurant in Live i rpool.

The Spanish tapas eaterie supplied the school with ingredients, a recipe and equipment to make a giant authentic paella, cooked by school headteacher Gerard Lahive i and IT teacher Ruth Airosa.

Keren added: "One of my colleagues suggested asking La Tasca if they would like to be invo n lved. One of our children had written them a letter to ask them and they were fantastic with us.

"We had a gazebo set up outside and the smell of the chorizo, onions, chicken and peppers cooking filled the school. All of the children had at least a little taste and it added that bit extra to the day.

"We also had non-alcoholic sangria so it was quite an authentic experience for them.

"Throughout the day we made sure it was a learning experience - so when we were doing the food we had the food vocabulary pinned up.

"In art the children did work inspired by Spanish painters Miro and Picasso and then learned where the artists came from. There were also learning about Spanish culture and geography. At the end some of the children gave a a group performance and we finished with an assembly.

"A lot of the pupils havea been to Spain but many havea only gone to the touristy places. They may not have a tried the food or gone flamenco dancing. This was about trying to give i them an experience and get them excited about a different culture and it was fabulous."

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DELICIOUS: Pupils Ryan Williams, nine, and Olivia Lamb, nine, add a taste of Spain to their giant paella, (right) while pupils and teachers get into the flamenco spirit
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Date:Jul 9, 2013
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