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Join the world’s top cyclists to take a road trip through the varying geography of Spain. Stop off en-route to try your hand at some classic Spanish cooking and learn about the origins of some of Spain’s more famous dishes and their links to the physical and human geography of Andalusia, Valencia and the Cantabrian Mountains.

Session 1 The geography of La Vuelta

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate Spain on a map and its environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, and major cities.
  • To understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of specific regions in Spain.
  • To describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

English

  • To give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes.
  • To participate in presentations.

Teaching and Activities

Look at the geography of the 2015 Vuelta course. Use your map skills to identify the physical and human geography of some key stages and brief the cyclists - it’s going to be a tough ride!

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To choose physical and human geographic descriptions for La Vuelta stages.
  • To create a team brief, identifying the challenges and highlights for cyclists on specific stages.

Children will:

  • Become part of a Vuelta cycle team and locate the 2015 stages of La Vuelta on a map of Spain and the cities they are closest to.
  • Select physical and human geography descriptions for some of the cycling stages.
  • Create a team brief by identifying the challenges and highlights for a specific stage.

You Will Need

  • Atlases

Session 2 Exploring Andalusia

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate Spain on a map and concentrate on its environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, and major cities.
  • To understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in Spain.
  • To describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Design and Technology

  • To prepare and cook a savoury Spanish dish using a range of cooking techniques.
  • To understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Teaching and Activities

Join the first 6 stages of La Vuelta and explore the landscape and human geography of Andalusia. Try your hand at cooking some of Andalusia’s most famous Spanish cuisine - tapas.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate and identify the human geography of Andalusia.
  • To cook a Spanish tapas dish and create a local produce tourist tapas poster.

Children will:

  • Use maps to identify physical geographical features of Andalusia.
  • Become food detectives, investigating and identifying the human geography of the area and how it contributes local ingredients for tapas dishes.
  • Cook a Spanish tapas dish (patatas bravas) to share.
  • Design and make a local produce tourist tapas poster.

You Will Need

  • Atlases
  • Ingredients and cooking equipment

Session 3 Exploring Valencia

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate Spain on a map and concentrate on its environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, and major cities.
  • To understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in Spain.
  • To describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Design and Technology

  • To prepare and cook a savoury Spanish dish using a range of cooking techniques.
  • To understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
  • To understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.

Teaching and Activities

Join Stage 10 of La Vuelta from Valencia to Castellon and explore the local geography. Try your hand at cooking the famous local dish of paella.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate and identify the human and physical geography of Valenica.
  • To cook a Spanish paella dish.

Children will:

  • Use maps to identify physical geographical features around Valencia.
  • Become food detectives, investigating and identifying the human geography of the area and how it influenced the creation of paella.
  • Paint or draw a Valencian landscape showing land use.
  • Cook a Spanish paella dish.

You Will Need

  • Paella ingredients
  • Cooking equipment
  • Painting/drawing equipment

Session 4 Exploring the Cantabrian Mountains

Objectives

Geography

  • To locate Spain on a map and concentrate on its environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, and major cities.
  • To understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in Spain.
  • To describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Design and Technlogy

  • To prepare and cook a sweet Spanish dish using a range of cooking techniques.
  • To understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
  • To understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.

Teaching and Activities

Join the big climbs of La Vuelta. Take in the views from the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain as you explore stages 14-16. Have a go at baking the local treat of Sobao Pasiego - the cyclists will need it after these mountain stages!

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate and identify the physical and human geography of the Cantabrian Mountains.
  • To bake a Spanish Sobao Pasiego.

Children will:

  • Use maps to identify physical geographical features of the Cantabrian Mountains.
  • Become food detectives, investigating and identifying the human geography of the area and how it contributes to the ingredients and flavours of Sobao Pasiego.
  • Create a local tourist board leaflet for visitors to the area.
  • Bake a Spanish Sobao Pasiego.

Provided Resources

  • Exploring Cantabria
  • Citrus survival activity
  • Sobaos Pasiegos recipe
  • Sample tourist leaflets

You Will Need

  • Sobaos Pasiegos ingredients
  • Cooking equipment