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Mrs. F. Milward

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Picture time!

Yay! It is time to share some photos with you of my first day sightseeing in the Punjab; The Golden Temple at Amritsar, The retreat Ceremony at the border, crazy Indian traffic and some delicious and authentic Indian food!...







India visit - Arrival and Day One!

Greeting as from India!

This is so exciting, being able to keep you posted on here about my trip.

Well, I have arrived safely. It was a very long journey and very tiring but well worth it.

I arrived in Amritsar a little later than scheduled and then it was a two hour car ride to Jalandhar. The moment I set foot in India, there was so much to take in. I have already taken many, many photographs and am overwhelmed by all the different sights, sounds, smells and tastes that I am experiencing!

The traffic and the roads here are crazy! On main roads there are so many different types of vehicles and there are many people who travel on the backs or roofs of lorries and trucks and I have seen families of four sharing a bike! The drivers also don't seem to use indicators or mirrors but they are very fond of their horns!

Today we have been very busy and, as it is my only day without a visit to Bawa Lalvani, there was so much in the area to make the most of. We were accompanied today by two children from Bawa Lalvani school who acted as our guides and they were wonderful and told me a lot about their school and their way of life.

I visited The Golden Temple at Amritsar which was beautiful, peaceful and thought provoking. We then went on to Jallianwala Bagh which is the site of a masacre by the British which took place in Amritsar. When I read about it and walked around I was stunned into silence. It was very moving and emotional.

Finally we went to the Vagha Border where India borders Pakistan to watch the retreat ceremony. This was incredible. There were about 2000 people there and we were treated like VIPs and given front row seats (they are very keen to look after us well here). There was a great atmosphere at this event and lots more interesting sights to see!

We finished the day with dinner where I enjoyed a Thali (traditional Indian dish) and it was delicious.

I hope to put some pictures on here tomorrow but for now I need to get to bed (it is half past midnight here and I am being collected for school at 7.30am!).

I am really looking forward to visiting Bawa Lalvani tomorrow and meeting more of the staff and children and I will be sure to tell you all about it!

Bye for now!


Bike MOT Success

Whitehouse Common children delighted Rachel Vann, Bike Officer for Sustrans, with their overwhelming response to her invitation to carry out bike MOT’s  this week. Children brought in over 100 bikes for Rachel to check in readiness for the step in becoming a Bike It North school.




Phonics: How to pronounce sounds (using pure talk)

Following requests from our workshops with Nursery and Reception parents, this video shows you how to pronounce the sounds.

This video shows the principles of RML and a speed sound lesson session in progress (12:05 - 15:39).

Please note that these videos are not our own property, we are just displaying them here for parents use.

Whitehouse Common in the news!

Whitehouse Common pupils (and others from the Four Oaks Cluster) attended an event held at the Arthur Terry School just before the half-term holidays. During the event, MP Andrew Mitchell was questioned by the children, with issues ranging from what his job was like to environmental issues and student fees! An article about the event was in appeared in last weeks Sutton Coldfield Observer (dated November 4th 2011).MP_news_-_Sutton_Observer_Nov_4th_2011

Foundation Stage - Fun in Maths!

Take a look at the video below to see a selection of the various activities that Nursery and Reception classes do during their Maths lessons!


TES Article

tesCongratulations to Mrs Stevens who has had an article published in the Times Educational supplement (TES). Modern Foreign Languages -Now you're talking, is about her language work with pupils from our school. We are all very proud of Mrs Stevens and all our pupils for working so hard! To read the article please [click here].

WHCPS on Twitter

twitter-logo-5Don't forget to follow us and read our tweets on Twitter! To view our Twitter page please [click here].

If you have a modern 'smart-phone' (ie iPhone, Android or WP7), you can receive our twitter updates direct to your mobile phone, meaning you can keep up to date with all of Whitehouse Common Primary's news while on the move! 

For more information on using twitter on your mobile phone [click here]. Of course you can still follow our twitter account the normal way by using a computer too!

Day Ten -Viernes/Friday Continued

Our last day in Barcelona was cold and wet. We spent the day at Els Pins where the children were busy preparing for the 'La Castanyada' celebrations in the afternoon. They made special masks and cones to collect their chestnuts and sweets. They created a large 'castanyera', a lady that sells chestnuts on the street, that was displayed in the entrance hall.



Some of the teachers joined Miss Kenny and I for tapas at lunch to mark our last day at the school. We bought Mar some flowers to say thank you for all her help during our time at Els Pins.


Then it was back to school to join in with the celebrations. The Year 6 children wore traditional costumes and shared out all the special food to the younger children. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Els Pins and have lots of lovely work to share with everyone at home. Hopefully I'll be lucky enough to visit again one day.



We wanted to make the most of our last day, so after finishing school at 4:30 we jumped back on the Metro and hotfooted it across to the Museu Olimpic I de l'Esport. This is a museum containing artefacts and information on the Olympic games. The Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona in 1992 and visiting the museum has made me really excited for London 2012!



After the museum we traveled back to our accommodation ready to catch the bus to Gerona airport. Our flight home was delayed by an hour but that gave us time to have something to eat before we got on our flight.


I feel extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to take part in the trip to Barcelona and am sad to be home. Barcelona is an amazing city and Els Pins is a wonderful school that we are lucky to have links with. I am thankful to the British Council for providing the funding for the trip and to Mrs Allen for her support with my visit. I have met some great colleagues and look forward to developing links with all the schools involved in the trip in the future!

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