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We only met our Spanish visitors on Tuesday, but after the first few moments of language barrier awkwardness the children began to communicate using English, Spanish, sign language and drawings and were soon interacting well. The children from Lyppard Grange introduced the children from Huesca to a typical day at school, whilst they looked startled by some of the big differences that faced them—lack of text books and an afternoon break being two of the biggest shocks!
On Wednesday our Y6 and the group from Spain headed for West Midlands Safari Park where lots of translating of animal names took place, but once on the rides the universal language of screaming and laughing needed no translation! A great day was had by all. A treasure hunt around Worcester on Thursday morning really saw the children beginning to interact—some of the Spanish children really impressed us with their ability to translate between members of the group, also allowing the staff from both schools to communicate well. The narrow boats on the river fascinated the group and the cathedral impressed. One child, Dario, said, “Our cathedral in Huesca is beautiful, but your cathedral is spectacular.” On returning to school the children worked in mixed groups on a project to include both languages and then ended the day with a traditional game of rounders followed by a fish and chip supper, before bidding our visitors a final farewell and a safe journey home.