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Day 1 Erasmus+ project meeting - Spain

Señora Stevens and Mrs Harding have just returned to their rooms in the hotel that they left 14 hours ago after a very full day in Cartagena.

After breakfast they went to CEP Antonio de Ulloa, the host school where they were greeted by the headteacher and staff. Along with the teachers from VS Wildbach (Austria), 10th Primary School of Elefsina (Greece) and Bahattin Ozyadici Ilkokulu (Turkey) they were led into the playground where the school were all lined up waving flags to greet us. Following speeches from the Headteacher, Rocío, a representative of the Ayuntamiento (town hall) and a representative from Europe Direct as well as Gonzalo and Irene, pupils at the school. Then the children sang a welcome song in Spanish and English and cheered a lot. All the visitors went and danced with the children, and were thronged by them. 

Inside the school Señora Stevens and Mrs Harding visited a maths class, looked at typical crafts from the area (bobbin lace making and pottery) and shared typical snacks from the partner countries. At breaktime they went out to play with the chilren in their very big playground that goes right around the school. After break, they had a project meeting at which each school shared a presentation of their school as well as a little about themselves. The Whitehouse Common presentation was very well received; the teachers loved the photos of the school and thought that Aine Alys and Lily were excellent guides and ambassadors who showed great passion for their school. The teachers were also treated to singing from a very talented young man called Miguel, and they all snag a song in five languages written by one of the Greek teachers, accompanied by some marvelllous chime bar playing by Señora Stevens!

Lunch was at a typical local restaurant in the middle of nowhere, and was huge! The meal wasn't over until 5pm and there was then a visit to a windmill which was followed by a game of Bolos, a typical game only played in Cartagena. Mrs Harding was better than Señora Stevens but what they lacked in technique they made up for in style and grace! More food at 730pm was followed by a visit to the Casa Folclórica where local culture is preserved by enthusiasts who rebuilt a cultural building and teach traditional arts such as music dance and storytelling to preserve it for future generations. It was fascinating! 

A very full and very busy day, and both Señora Stevens and Mrs Harding are now very tired. 

There are some photos below and more on Twitter. More photos will follow soon but it's very late and there are so many of them...

Watch Twitter for more updates tomorrow. ¡Hasta mañana!

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Excellent Work (Week Beginning 11/11/19)

Space Camp 2019

What an adventure we all had last week!

Children arrived and excitedly unpacked their things into their tent.

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Once unpacked, Mrs Goode took the register and told the children which team they were in. Children were split into four teams, Team Aldrin, Team Jemison, Team Peake, Team Ride and Team Armstrong, and then rotated around five activities.

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Children created nebulae pictures using chalks and pastels.

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Looking at the stars with a telescope from Warwick University and then outside using our iPads.

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Moon Rock cakes were very popular!

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We enjoyed designing our own space suits with different NASA logos.

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Mrs Clark and Mrs Cowdery were on hot chocolate duty! We enjoyed a hot chocolate and cookie while watching 'Space Chimps' before bed.

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Some children slept well and they all enjoyed breakfast in the morning before clearing away the tents.

Erasmus+ project Let's get Cultural

IMG 7428Over the next two years, Whitehouse Common Primary will be working with four schools from Greece, Austria, Turkey and Spain on a project entitled Let's get Cultural.

This project is funded by Erasmus+ and will see each school hosting a meeting to explore and discuss culture - what it is, how we express it and how we can share and celebrate it.

There will be two meetings this academic year; in Spain in November and at Whitehouse Common in March, then three next year, culminating in the final meeting in Greece as they are the project leads.

It looks to be an exciting two years that we will document on this blog. 

Waxth this space for more news soon!

Newsletter 15th November

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Premier League Maths and Spelling Game!

If you love football then this is the game for you ! Brush up on your Maths and Spellings skills at home with this Premier League Primary Stars game. Click on the image below to go straight to the game - it is tablet friendly too!

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Change for Life Festival

Well done to all the children who represented our school so well at last night's Change for Life Festival. Enjoy your hard-earned medals!

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Now it's European! Another eTwinning Quality Label for Whitehouse Common!

Last week Señora Stevens received an email from the Central Support Service of eTwinning. 

Congratulations! Your school has been awarded the European Quality Label for the excellence of  the work in the eTwinning project "Hands Of The World". This means that your work, the work of your students and your school have been recognised at the highest European level.

This is an amazing achievement and one of which we should all be incredibly proud. 
And that's another certificate to add to our collection!

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National eTwinning Awards for Whitehouse Common

Sra S QL optOver the 2018-19 academic year, Whitehouse Common was part of several eTwinning projects. You may have followed the progress of some of them on Twitter and the school newsletter.

At the start of term, we received news that two of them had been awarded a National Quality Label.

eTwinning Quality Labels are granted to teachers with excellent eTwinning projects. They indicate that the project has reached a certain national and European standard. This means that we are now eligible for a European Quality Label which is very prestigious and hard to achieve. This is very exciting news!

The projects awarded were Green Kids, a project in which chidlren looked at the ecological problems facing our world through the eyes of Green Kid, a character they created, and considered how they could combat and avoid damaging our planet, and Hands of the World, a collaboration originating from Sharon Tonner-Saunders of the University of Dundee that saw children around the world singing and signing in Makaton as well as learning a phrase of the week.

At the end of September, Señora Stevens attended the UK National eTwinning Conference and was overjoyed when Green Kids was Highly Commended in the National eTwinning Awards, and then ecstatic when Hands of the World won a National eTwinning Award. She came home with 4 plaques to be displayed at school so, along with the one for the International School Award which we will receive soon, that'll be FIVE plaques or certificates that we need to find space for! Well done to everyone involved in the projects, especially last year's 5MM for their singing and signing and 4CC for their 'phrase of the week' work for Hands of the World, and 5AG who illustrated and write many of the collaborative stories for Green Kids. However, the awards are for everyone as all classes contributed to one or other project through their PSHE, through assembly, or simply by being interested and encouraging us!

I'm very proud of you all. Señora Stevens

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