At St Thomas of Canterbury, we want all our pupils to learn Spanish so they can have an early introduction of literacy in the new language as it can provide an important focus as well as support for learning.   Through studying a foreign language, grammatical concepts and rules in English become clearer, it reinforces and celebrates the different cultures we come from and encourage children to be proud of being able to speak more than one language and coming from different parts of the world and very importantly, it helps pupils on attainment and preparedness for secondary school language learning.

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This term our Y5 pupils have been learning about food during their Spanish lessons. Therefore, Señora Lovett decided to make something special for the children and make some

Magdalenas origin its unknown, however, some say that the name “Magdalenas” is derived from a story about a young girl named Magdalena, who used to give these cakes to pilgrims who were going to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

Magdalenas are sweet, light, and fluffy Spanish cakes that are typically made with a combination of eggs, sugar, olive oil, flour, baking powder, milk, and lemon zest or vanilla essence for flavoring. Visually, Magdalenas are quite similar to muffins.

In Spain, they are most commonly consumed for breakfast with a cup of coffee. In the past, these small treats were traditionally baked for holidays and birthdays, but nowadays they can be found throughout Spain, in supermarkets and bakeries.