The children waited in anticipation in the hall. Then with the rattling of Aeroplane engines, Mr Elwell explained to the children that we were going to fly 5445 miles to Mexico City. With all their arms spread wide like wings, they flew into an exotic and unfamiliar World. As they entered the Fiesta, the children danced to the traditional music and the excitement on everyone's face was amazing.
When the class settled down there was a slight stare of bewilderment on their faces as they looked upon Señor Kenny. This was because I was dressed in a Poncho and Sombrero. As I explained the reasons for the traditional dress, the children were desperate to try on my Sombrero (translated as 'shade' in Spanish).
We then located Mexico and I showed the children a variety of landscapes that I visited in Mexico. It was now time to fully immersed ourselves into this incredible country by watching a very cool video. After that, we had a fantastic discussion into how Mexico is different to England and the children highlighted that one of the main differences between England and Mexico is the language. I revealed why they speak Spanish in Mexico and we learnt some basic phrases. I was very impressed with some of the children's accents.
It was now time to create our own Millbrook Mexican fiesta and one of the main elements of any fiesta is Papel Cortado. This traditional Papel Cortado is a decorative craft made out of paper cut into beautiful and elaborate designs. The children made a fantastic effort at this complex activity and we created a brilliant Papel Cortado. Of course we ended this session by dancing to the La Cucaracha song.