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eTwinning projects 2018-19

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Whitehouse Common has been involved in eTwinning since 2007; we've even won a national award for one of our projects! In case you didn't know, eTwinning is a free online community for schools in Europe which allows you to find partners and collaborate on projects within a secure network and platform. Schools communicate with one another via a Twinspace, and also by post or sometimes via Skype. Projects can last a few months or a whole year, and each one receives a National Quality Mark if it meets the criteria on the UK NSS.

This year, Whitehouse Common are involved in 4 projects!

1. How's your Christmas? 

2. Green Kids

3. Travelling Toys 

4. Let's travel with our mascot.

Over the next week, keep an eye on the school newsletter and also the website for new from our projects.

Remembrance Day in our Spanish lessons.

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In Spanish lessons in Y5 and 6 this week we have marked Remembrance Day by  briefly looking at some Spanish history and then considering peace.

Spain was not involved in WW1 or WW2 and does not celebrate Remembrance Day as a national event.  We began by discussing what Remembrance Day is about, and I asked what they thought Spain’s role was in the World Wars. It was a good opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about who was and wasn’t involved! I then went on to talk a little about the Spanish Civil War in the most basic terms. We talked about the difference between a monarchy and a republic, discussed what an economic depression is and about why the Nationalists might have revolted. We looked at the painting Guernica by Picasso (as they are familiar with him) and learned about that particular episode. It was supposed to be a quick resume of what happened as one of the reasons why Spain weren’t involved (one of the pupils suggested ‘They had no one to send to fight; they’d all killed each other!’) but the pupils were really interested and wouldn’t stop asking questions.

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The second part of the lesson was about peace; poppies help us remember those who died in conflicts, but also remind us of man’s folly, how we should learn from the past and seek a peaceful future. Y5 had slightly longer lessons than Y6 so we were able to do an extra activity. Señora Stevens read the poem above about peace then everyone joined in. Y5 talked with their partners what they thought the poem might be about and why, using all clues like the illustrations and cognates to help them. We discussed together what it meant then read it once more in groups. Y5 stuck the poem in their books and wrote a couple of sentences about what they had learned before moving on the final activity. 

We looked at the word PEACE in as many languages as we could find; we were amused to see that the word for peace in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish is fred!  Pupils were given a poppy outline and they decorated the poppies with the word peace in languages of their choice as a demonstration of their wish for peace in our world; whilst our country is not at war currently, there are many in the world that are in a state of conflict. We discussed the meaning of different coloured poppies – the most well known red, purple for animals and white for peace and to recall all victims of war (Señora Stevens has since found out about black poppies from this video)  We also learned that in France people wear bleuets for Remembrance Day, cornflowers which also grew in the fields of France. Pupils kept these colours in mind as they decorated.

Here are some of the poppies they designed (top and below). Beautiful, aren't they?

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The Great International Bake Off videos

As promised, here are the videos showing all the cakes and bakes that were entered in The Great International Bake Off competition last month. I'm sure you'll agree that the variety and quality of the baking was stunning. 

All winners have now been congratulated in assembly, and all participants have received their certificates, special stickers and mini book.

 

Celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity - Day 7

man 2814937 1920 optIn Y6 RE in the summer term, there is a series of lessons about the beauty of words. When Sra. Stevens teaches this, she obviously gives it a languages twist and shares some beautiful words from other languages to discuss. There are many words that are untranslateable as a single word, requiring several or even several sentences to explain. This article lists 38 and there are a few favourites below drawn from this article. Do you have any favourite words that come from other languages? 

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Goya

(n) the suspension of disbelief that occurs in good storytelling; a story that feels like reality.

Urdu

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Ubuntu

(n) the belief that we are defined by our compassion and kindness to others

Nguni (South Africa)

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Waldeinsamkeit

(n) the feeling of being alone in the woods

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Tsundoku

(n) the act of buying a book and leaving it unread, often piled together with other unread books

Japanese

Celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity - Day 6

IMG 1562 optThe INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE was sent home with children ten days ago after an assembly in which Señora Stevens launched our fortnight celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity to KS1 and 2. 

The children have been posed an International Challenge consisting of 20 tasks related to languages and culture. Children can choose how many and which tasks they wish to complete and record their responses on the challenge sheet. Anyone who completes 8 or more tasks will receive a certificate. Complete more than 12 and children will be entered into a prize draw. 

KS2 can post their entries in the white box in the Oaks Hall; anyone in KS1 should give their entry to their teacher who will pass it on to Señora Stevens.

The closing date to return the challenges is Friday 5th October. 

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