Christmas in Spain!

L.I. To research about how Christmas is celebrated in Spain

What are some of the tradiitons and customs in your culture? Do you know of any Christmas traditions or customs in Spain (or other Spanish-speaking countries)?

Christmas in Spain | Spanish Christmas Traditions

There are many traditions and customs in Spain that is completed around Christmas and New Years. Below you will find a list of topics to research about Christmas/New Years in Spain. When you are done researching, tell us in the comment box which tradition or custom you enjoyed learning about the most and why? Also have a think about how these traditions and customs are linked to the ones in your culture.

La nochebuena

El día de navidad

Un portal de Belén

El dia de los Santos incocentes

La noche vieja

El Día de los Reyes

The Caganer

¿Qué haces? – What are you doing?

LI:  To understand the 1st person singular form of regular verbs ending in -ar

Spanish verbs end in –ar, -er and – ir. We will look at 9 common –ar regular verbs with actions. Try pronouncing these words before listening to the audio.

1. Cantar: To sing2. Bailar: To dance3. Escuchar: To listen
4. Tocar: To play (an instrument)5. Nadar: To swim6. Hablar: To talk
7. Caminar: To walk8. Saltar: To jump9. Mirar:  To look

Spanish! – ¡Hola!

L.I. To apply my knowledge of numbers in a mathematical context.

Here are the numbers from 1-31 in written form. Study them and then test yourself. How many can you write down from memory?

Today, you will learn maths in Spanish. We say mathematics as Matemáticas – can you pronounce this before you listen to the pronunciation? The accent on vowel shows which syllable to stress when word is pronounced (mat-eh-MAT-ee-cas). 

Download the Powerpoint Slide here and follow the presentation. When you see a sound icon on the bottom right-hand corner of the page, click on it to listen to the pronunciation! For those of you that are struggling to open Powerpoint, follow the lesson below.

The Maths’ sentences use the verb “son”, which is plural, and translates to the singular verb “is” in English.

Extension: Here are different sums to translate into Spanish.  Write the number sentence and the translation underneath and underline (+, -, x, ÷).

19 + 5= 14 – 7= 8 x 3 = 27 ÷ 9 =


LI: To apply my knowledge of numbers and months

Recap numbers 1-31 and months of the year! Try it without the video

Today you will learn how to ask and answer the question: When is your birthday? We say this as follows (try to pronounce it before using the video below)-

¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?  (kwan-doh/es/to/cuhm-play-an-yos) 

The Spanish ñ is pronounced similarly to the “ny” sound of “canyon” or the “ni” sound of “onion.” Try it! We respond this question as follows:

Mi cumpleaños es el 2 de mayo (Me/cuhm-play-an-yos/es/ehl/doh-s/deh/mah-yoh) My birthday is on the 2nd of May

Watch this video below to listen to the pronunciation. Start at 1:15-2:20 – This section introduces the phrase with only the month. Practice, practice, practice until confident. Now, listen from 2:20-3:57 which introduces the complete phrase with the day and the month.

Note: Adjectives unlike in English, go after the noun, e.g. Cumpleaños Feliz in Spanish is Birthday Happy but in English it is translated to Happy Birthday!

Task: Complete with someone at home or on your own (you can be 2 people).

Person A: ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños, name? Whatever name is said, person B has to find the day and respond with the day and month i.e., Person B: Hoy es jueves, 3 de enero Pupils to switch roles

Home Learning – Spanish

Introduction: Today, we will continue to develop our understanding of phonics in Spanish. It is important that we know how to pronounce letters correctly so that we can read and understand words. We will review vowels and then focus on consonants.

First, we are going to listen to the alphabet in Spanish: ¡Vamos a cantar! – Let’s Sing!

Download the following Powerpoint lesson and put it in full-screen. Follow the slides and listen carefully to the pronunciation.