Month: June 2020

¿Qué te gustaría comer? – What would you like to eat?

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Hola Primary Two.

¿Qué tal? ¡Tengo hambre! (I am hungry!)

This week’s Spanish challenge is to find out the words for different foods and to say what you would like to eat, as if you were in a Spanish restaurant.

¿Qué te gustaría comer? – What would you like to eat?

¿Qué te gustaría beber? – What would you like to drink?

Me gustaría… – I would like …

Un sándwich – a sandwich

Una ensalada – a salad

Una pizza – a pizza

Una hamburguesa – a hamburger

Salchichas – sausages

Pasta – pasta

Fruta – fruit

Patatas fritas – crisps

Papas fritas – chips

Un pastel – a cake

Una galleta – a biscuit

Un helado – an ice cream

Leche – milk

Jugo – juice

Agua – water

Desayuno – breakfast

Almuerzo – lunch

Cena – dinner

*Ms F’s Top Tip* – Remember j in Spanish makes a sound like ch asin the Scottish word loch. So jugo sounds like choo-go. When you see ll in Spanish, it is actually a special letter. The sound it makes is y, like in ‘you’, so galleta sounds like ga-ye-ta. You may recognise it from me llamo (my name is) and amarillo (yellow) and llueve (rain). Remember that h is always silent in Spanish, so helado sounds like el-ad-o.

Ideas to help you practise

  • See if you can say what you are having for dinner or lunch today in Spanish.
  • Take out some items from your cupboards and practise saying the Spanish when someone in your house picks a certain item.
  • Practise your Spanish along with Mrs McCracken’s sign-a-long for picnic foods – this was a few weeks ago but you can still find it on the blog.
  • Make a menu using these Spanish words for food. You could write the English next to it or draw a picture of the food to help you remember.

¡Que te diviertas! 

Ms Ferguson

Here are some fun songs to help you practise and learn some other words for different types of foods.

Signing a pirate story.

Signing a pirate story.

Ahoy there P2! This week I thought we’d be a bit creative with our Seashore topic and learn some signs so that we can sign some pirate stories. I won’t give you a story, that is up to your imaginations but here are some signs to give you some inspiration.

First here are some signs for characters that might be in our story.

You might want to describe your characters in your story. You could use the emotions we have already explored or here are a few others that might help.

Here are some things you might find on board a pirate ship. Ship uses the same sign as boat which we have already learned in our Seaside signs.

Maybe your pirates are looking for treasure on a desert island. Here are some signs that might help with that story.

So here is your challenge P2 – tell me a story about a pirate!
You could make one up or maybe use a story you have read before. You can use the pirate themed Signalong signs I’ve given you today and also some of the other signs we have learned over the past weeks. You could have your pirate building sandcastles, eating a picnic or discovering amazing sea creatures! Have a go and see what you come up with. You can tell someone in your family, your teddy or you could record it and send it to your teacher on Seesaw. You could even share your story on your Seesaw class blog. Have fun! Mrs McCracken

Music ‘Lark Ascending’ by Vaughan Williams

Last week we looked at how an image can inspire a composer to write a piece of music.

This week we are listening to a piece by an English Composer called Vaughan Williams. He wrote it in 1914 at the beginning of the first World War. This was a time of great conflict and uncertainty. Even though there were things going on around him he did not like or could control, he could still see the beauty in nature.

The music tells the tale of a skylark singing an impossibly beautiful, almost heavenly, song.

Watch the clip as Molly Rainford introduces Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

Scottish violinist, Nicola Benedetti is playing the piece. She plays it with such grace and ease, but it is one of the most difficult pieces ever written.

Why do you think Vaughan Williams chose a violin to play this piece?

What can you say about the pitch of the violin during the piece and how has he grouped the notes together?

What other instruments of the orchestra can you name?

I love this piece. I hope you do too.

Mrs Campbell



¡Me gustan los deportes! – I like sports!

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Hola Primary Two.

¿Qué tal? ¡Estoy feliz porque me gustan los deportes! (I am happy because I like sports.)

This week’s Spanish challenge is to find out the words for sports and hobbies, and how to give an opinion.

Some of the different activities have a different word for ‘the’ at the beginning. Some start with el and some start with la. Why do you think that is? (Answer: under the Spanish words.)

¿Te gusta…? – Do you like…?

Me gusta… – I like…

No me gusta… – I do not like…

El fútbol – football

El tenis – tennis

La gimnasia – gymnastics

El footing – running / correr – to run

El rugby – rugby

El ciclismo – cycling

La natación – swimming / nadar – to swim

El bailar – dancing / bailar – to dance

El canto – singing / cantar – to sing

La pintura – painting / pintar – to paint

El dibujo – drawing / dibujar – to draw

La costura – sewing / coser – to sew

La leer – reading / leer – to read

*Ms F’s Top Tip* – Remember j in Spanish makes a sound like ch asin the Scottish word loch. So dibujo sounds like di-boo-cho. In Spanish the letter c can make a hard sound like ‘cuatro’ if it comes before a, o or u. But if c comes before e or i, it makes a soft ‘ss’ sound. So ciclismo sounds like sea-clis-mo.

Answer: The reason why some animals have different versions of saying the in Spanish is that some are male words, they start with el, and others are female words, starting with la. Well done if you worked that out!

You may have noticed I used gustan instead of gusta when talking about sports. That is because it is more than one thing I am talking about. So you would say ‘Me gustan los colores’, if you wanted to say I like colours.

Ideas to help you practise

  • Play a game of charades where a sport or hobby is acted out and you have to guess it in Spanish.
  • Gather objects around the house related to the sports and hobbies (such as a tennis ball, pencil, swimming costume). Ask a parent or sibling to hold up an item, then you have say the correct Spanish word.
  • Practise your Spanish along with Mrs McCracken’s sign-a-long sport and hobbies.
  • If you have drawn a picture of children in the playground doing a sport or hobby, as Ms McCracken suggested in her Sign-a-long blog, label this with the Spanish words for each hobby.

¡Que te diviertas! 

Ms Ferguson

Here are some fun videos to help you practise and learn some other words for sports and actions.

Signalong – sports and hobbies.

This week I thought we’d learn a little about how to talk about the things we like to do, and the things we don’t like so much. So we are going to learn the signs for some sports (since it is Virtual Sports Day) and some hobbies too.

But first, in order to talk about our opinions we need to learn how to say “I like…” and “I don’t like…”.

Here are some sports you might like (or dislike!).

Swimming is also a fun sport you might like. If you need that sign, check back to last week’s seaside post.

Here are some other hobbies that you might enjoy.

I definitely won’t have covered all the hobbies and sports that you like (or don’t like) but this is a good list to start you off.

Ideas to practise your signs about sports and hobbies:

  • Play charades with someone in your house. Take turns signing a sport or hobby without speaking and see if your partner can guess which one you are doing.
  • Talk about each hobby and sport. Go through the list and say your opinion on each. Use the “I like…” and “I don’t like…” to help you. You could even say what your favourite is by looking back at the colour blog post.
  • Play a guessing game about your teacher’s favourite things to do. Do you think Mrs Campbell likes cycling? Does Mrs McCracken like singing? What is Ms Ferguson’s favourite sport? Have a guess and then maybe we’ll let you know later in the week.
  • Draw a picture of our school playground and show people doing their different hobbies. Someone could be reading on a bench, running around or doing some art on the ground with chalk. Once you’ve drawn it, point to each sport or hobby in your picture and sign what the person is doing.

If you have any special requests for sports or hobbies you really enjoy let me know.

Mrs McCracken