Day Nine-Jueves/Thursday

Today we have been back with Mar at Els Pins. In the morning we saw her teaching English with a Year 5 class. We talked to them about Halloween and completed a Halloween quiz. It was Axel's 10th birthday today so we joined in with the celebrations in his class. All the children sang Happy Birthday in Catalan, Spanish and English and he shared his birthday cake with everyone, it was delicious!




Next, we walked around the school and dropped into different classes. The children in every class we saw greeted us in perfect English and wanted to talk to us.


In the afternoon we worked with Mar in a Year 6 class. It was a Science lesson looking at the senses but it was all taught in English! They invested the senses through practical investigations, just like we do at Whitehouse Common.


After school we went back to the Sargarda Familia to join the very long queue and wait to go inside. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long and it only cost €12.50 to get in. The cathedral has been under construction for over 100 years. Construction began in 1882, and Gaudi replaced the original architect in 1883.


It’s interior was completed last year so Pope Benedict XVI visited on 7th November 2010 to consecrate the building. There was an interesting exhibition, in one of the rooms in the basement of the cathedral, showing how the shapes from nature inspired Gaudi. The pillars inside are designed to look like tree trunks and the circular staircases like a round snail shells.


Tonight is our last night in this beautiful city, so to celebrate a fantastic trip the whole group is meeting up to go for tapas. Schools from Birmingham that have teachers on our trip are:

Court Farm School, Erdington

Saint James Primary School, Handsworth

Bordesley Village Primary School, Birmingham

Holy Cross Catholic School, Sutton Coldfield

We fly back to Birmingham tomorrow but we will have chance to join in with special celebrations at Els Pins tomorrow afternoon for 'La Castanyada'. I will update the blog, to tell you about it, once I’m home.

Adios from Barcelona!

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