Year 5 Spanish Workshop - Hispanic Day!
Did you know that the word ‘canoe’ comes from the Native American Taíno word for a long thin row boat? Or that ‘chipotle’ is a combination of the Old Mexican words chilli + poctli meaning smoked chilli pepper? Neither did the twenty Year 5 students who we welcomed to Invicta last Tuesday!
In advance of Hispanic Day on Friday, October 12, an event recognised across the Spanish-speaking world as the day on which Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas, these students enjoyed deciphering authentic listening and reading tasks in Spanish describing Columbus’s exploits and were shocked to learn about some of his more infamous behaviour as the governor of the lands he conquered for Spain. People often overlook the ironic importance of Columbus in spreading the Spanish language across the new continent (despite being a native of Italy originally) but even more often they are unaware of the influences of languages on each other. We enjoyed looking at how the Spanish language was itself influenced by the native amero-indian languages of the peoples that Columbus claimed for Spain, and even learnt something about where English words come from!
If you are interested in learning more about Hispanic Day why not do some research before October 12 and hold your own Hispanic Day commemoration! Thank you to Mrs Vincent for planning and delivering the session.