My scheme of work with my 3rd-year-of-Spanish pupils for the last term and a half has been sports and weather. I've put an Olympic slant on it all to increase pupil interest, and the resources are all here if you would like to use them. For this new term my topic is clothing, and I knew that I wanted to look at the clothes that the Olympic athletes are going to wear.
First of all I chose two Spanish athletes who have qualified for the Olympics and who we could use as an example. I chose Carolina Rodríguez, a rhythmic gymnast, and David Cal, a canoeist. The children found out more about them by reading in pairs some short texts:
After that we talked about the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics and how one of its main features will be the 203 participating national teams marching into the stadium behind their national flag. We also talked about how the team members will wear a special uniform, and I showed them a third short text which describes what the Spanish team will be wearing:
They used the dictionaries and their prior knowledge to find out what the athletes will be wearing.
Once we had discussed the answers, we remembered the extravaganza that was the launch of the Stella McCartney designed Team GB strip. On Monday it took me several hours of searching to find this, the only photo of the Spanish strip, designed by Russian company Bosco Sport, which was launched in November 2011:
Y6 in particular were unimpressed, and thought that the outfits looked old-fashioned (¡lo siento mucho, España!) They immediately started to call out improvements and changes that they would make.
The final step to our lesson was for them to use the dictionaries to make a list of items of clothing that Carolina and David will need for their two sports, other than those which are pictured here. Watching the video had helped them to see, for example, that David will need a wetsuit and Carolina will need footless tights.
And next week? They get to design and describe in Spanish their own version of the Spanish Olympic strip.
UPDATE 05/06/12: The Spanish team's reaction to the strip, which surfaced in the Spanish press at the beginning of May, is described in this article in the Guardian. It gives some useful background information.