Some of our diary dates have changed.
Open mornings will now be held on:
Thanks for your understanding.
Created on Friday, 28 October 2016 18:03
What does the word ‘Belonging’ mean to you?
All sorts of images might pop into your head - maybe of your family, friends, country, or perhaps even of your favourite sports team! It might not be an image at all, but a particular emotion, memory or sensation.
Capture what ‘Belonging’ means to you by putting pen to paper or fingertips to keyboard and submitting your story to the British Council Commonwealth Class story writing competition.
The competition is open to teachers and students aged 7 to 14 from Commonwealth countries and is a wonderful opportunity for you to add your voice to the Commonwealth’s rich storytelling heritage through writing and illustration (and, of course, be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes!)
Entering the competition
The competition is open to teachers and students attending/working at a school recognised by the government of a Commonwealth country.
The deadline for story submissions is 9:00 AM on Monday 14 November 2016.'
Stories can be submitted electronically and by post, so go ahead and be as bold and innovative as you like.
Entering the Commonwealth Class story writing competition couldn’t be simpler:
If you prefer, you can post a hard copy of your story and entry form to the following address:
The Boat, 7th floor
49 Queen’s Square
Information for students
Students will be split into two different age categories: 7 to 10 year olds and 11 to 14 year olds.
Shortlisting and prizes
Shortlisted entries will be judged by Anne Fine, the award winning author and former Children’s Laureate. The winner will receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of taking part in a writing master class delivered by Anne Fine herself and a River of Stories anthology published by the Commonwealth Education Trust for the School.
The following prizes will be given to students awarded first, second and third place in the competition:
Why not have a go? You never know what might happen!
Created on Thursday, 27 October 2016 18:03
The first half term of the year has flown past! Although there’s been no specific Spanish news on the website, there’s been plenty of learning going on throughout the school.
Year 3 have begun their KS2 Spanish learning by reviewing how to introduce themselves in Spanish, responding to questions politely and speaking with good intonation thanks to work on Spanish phonics. They also discussed Spanish names and how Spanish children have two surnames or family names as they take their Dad’s name and their Mum’s name.
Here are some of Y3 dressed up to practice addressing Señor, Señora and Señorita.
Year 4 have been working on days of the week and re-reading La Oruga Muy Hambrienta. They then used their dictionary skills to imagine what un monstruo hambriento might eat and rewrote the story as a mini book.
Here are a few examples!
Year 5 have been working on la familia and began the topic learning a song about Lisa Simpson and her family. After working on the vocabulary and grammar for a few weeks, they are now writing about their own families.
Year 6 have been tackling some grammar, distinguishing between the indefinite and definite article in Spanish and then applying rules of gender and number to it. Quite tricky as English just uses a (an)/some and the rather than four different ways of saying the, two to say a and two to same some. They’re now applying this to describing sports kit for two Spanish Olympic athletes.
Elsewhere in the school I’ve heard classes singing in Spanish and I know that Y1 have been looking at words to do with family. Looking forward to having a look at Class Learning Journeys next half term to find out more!
Created on Monday, 24 October 2016 17:16
Welcome to Nalle from Finland!
The Language Leaders were very excited to find a parcel at their very first meeting this week. When they opened it and saw Nalle, they were even more excited, checking where Finland is found on the map, reading Nalle's scrapbook to find out about him, and of course, giving him a welcome squeeze. They discovered that Nalle means bear in Finnish and that he comes from a place called Outokumpu!
For the rest of the day Nalle followed Señora Stevens around, and he attended our very special assemblies in the afternoon, finding out about Black History Month, congratulating Miss Harper on her upcoming wedding and waving goodbye to Mrs Paterson as she retires. He particularly enjoyed singing the songs.
As we're on holiday this week, Nalle is exploring our local area with Señora Stevens. We hope that he is warm enough in his specially made Tshirt and trousers as it's become very autumnal all of a sudden!
Created on Monday, 24 October 2016 17:02
This year Whitehouse Common are participating in a couple of eTwinning projects. The first is entitled Magic Mascots and involves six schools from six countries exchanging mascots over the school year. We will be working with schools in Croatia, Poland, Spain, Finland and the Ukraine.
Our first task was to choose a mascot for Whitehouse Common, and the Language Leaders decided upon a bear in dungarees. They then debated and voted on his name, and would like to present to you:
William Henry was named after Shakespeare and the Duke of Cambridge, and Henry VIII.
He has now begun his travels representing Whitehouse Common and has flown to Madrid in Spain, complete with his passport, scrapbook, gifts for the partner schools and a game of table ping pong to play. You can see inside his box here.
Created on Monday, 24 October 2016 16:24
Following the success of the Language Leaders last year, a new school year brought a new round of applications. Once again all KS2 pupils were invited to apply for the post by submitting a letter explaining why they wanted the position and what they felt they could offer.
This year, the outgoing Language Leaders were involved in the selection of their successors. Following their deliberations (which were long and detailed including some interviews when they weren't sure who to choose) at least one Language Leader was appointed for each class with a few having two.
So congratulations to Scarlett, Roman, Beau and Tia, Hollie, Sofia and Kirstie, Olivia and Amsa, Maddie, Rohan and Freddie and Josh and Yousaf, the Whitehouse Common Language Leaders 2016-17.
Their first task was to pick a mascot to represent our school in our latest eTwinning project...
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