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Foxton to Madrid
A party of 22 Year 5 and 6 children from Foxton Primary School, their teachers Kate Frow and Zoe Whitehead and two school governors, Neil Stout and John Parkinson, recently returned from a successful four day trip to Madrid. Foxton is twinned with C.P. Almudena, a primary school in the centre of the city. Prior to the visit the children from both schools had exchanged letters and the Foxton children had worked hard to improve their Spanish. They had also studied elements Spanish culture, history and the work of Picasso.
On the first afternoon, in warm Spring sunshine, we had an opportunity to see some of the landmarks of this impressive capital including the Plaza Mayor, The Royal Palace and the Cibeles Fountain. Near the Puerta del Sol, the very centre of the city, the Foxton children used their Spanish skills for the first time to buy souvenirs and of course order ice-cream.
The following three days were the real highlight of our visit to Almudena to meet up with the Spanish children and their teacher Genoveva Velasco Lopez. Within this vibrant and welcoming city school we shared activites in the classroom, had lunches together and in the playground they ran, chased, played games and using both languages friendships were quickly made.
Together with the boys and girls from Almudena we travelled to the north of the city to the Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid. The escalator ride up to the viewing point gave us a panoramic view of this huge stadium. Equally impressive was the comprehensive and inter-active museum featuring an endless display of silverware including their record breaking ten European cups. Sadly we weren't allowed to organise a quick Foxton v Almudena "kick about" on the pitch! The journey back to school on the metro was also a new experience for many Foxton children.
The next visit was to the Reina Sofia Art Museum. Our excellent guide, Federíco, gave the children a very lively introduction to modern art and in particular the work of Miro, Dali and of course Picasso's most famous painting "Guernica". Our walk back to school took us through Retiro Park where we stopped for a picnic lunch followed by sports activities. There are several landmarks in the park including the beautiful rose garden, the boating lake and the Crystal Palace.