Flamenco fiesta and tasty tapas on Spanish timetable

Key stage two pupils at Castle Hill School, Todmorden, learned how to flamenco dance during a Spanish day at the school
Key stage two pupils at Castle Hill School, Todmorden, learned how to flamenco dance during a Spanish day at the school

CHILDREN danced to the beat of the flamenco drum during a Spanish day.

Key stage two pupils at Castle Hill School, Todmorden, wore traditional flamenco dress as they learned the basic dance steps and were shown how to play several Spanish musical instruments.

Patricia Skeet, from Hebden Bridge Flamenco, who ran the sessions, said: “It’s been brilliant. They are really good, very quick learners and very keen.

“They are good Spanish speakers and they picked up the dancing very quickly.

“They have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Patricia and her colleague Mike Holland taught the children some rhythmic clapping called palmas and showed them how to play the castanets and the cajon, which is the flamenco drum.

The girls also learned how to dance with shawls and fans.

At the end of the session, the children put together all they had learned into a full dance routine.

Maggie Gregory, foreign languages co-ordinator at the school, said: “We learn Spanish here and we thought it would be a great cultural experience.

“They all seemed to have enjoyed it.”

To add to the Spanish flavour of the day, staff prepared tapas for the children to eat at lunchtime.

Mrs Gregory thanked the Spanish stall on Todmorden indoor market for providing some of the food.

Teachers cooked tortillas and the school hens provided the eggs.

The older children also produced some Spanish themed artwork which is on display in the school hall.