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We'd like to teach the world to sing - in Makaton! (HOTW March song challenge)

singHot off the press is the collaborative video for the March song in the Hands of the World (HOTW) eTwinning project. Masterminded by Sharon Tonner-Saunders at the University of Dundee, the project aims to reach across land and language barriers and unite children across the world using music and Makaton. 
This month's song was inspired by an advertisement from the 70s! How many of you have seen the 'Hilltop ad' advertising Coca Cola? It starts with one singer atop a mountain and then the camera pans out to reveal another then another until the final shot is of a mountain top of people of all nations and heritages, all united in singing. If you haven't seen it, here's the link!
This month, instead of a single line as in previous challenges, schools were asked to decide if they'd like one, two, or four lines to learn. In this way, the effect of people joining in has been achieved in the final video. If you watch, you'll see that Whitehouse Common sign four lines of the song. After the first line, they are joined by another school and both sign line two. After the second line, a third school joins to sign line three with them, before a fourth school joins and everyone signs line four. 
There's also an instrumental break in which you can see the hands (and feet!) of some of 5MM playing instruments. 
The video was recorded by the pupils, and they suggested the location too as they wanted to show the world Abigail's Garden.

So here's I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing in Makaton, sung and signed by 38 schools in 21 countries!

HOTW Makaton Weekly Challenge Feb/March

handsAnother part of the Hands of the World (HOTW) project is a weekly Makaton Challnge to learn a few words or phrase in Makaton. Y4 are leading the way with this, and below are some of the words and phrases they have learned recently. It's lovely to see how they are combining signs and words to make short phrases, asking questions and interacting. 4CC now ask to go ot the toilet in Spansh lessons in Spanish AND Makaton!

FEBRUARY

Week 3 - Goodnight friend!

Week 4 - Toilet, drink and help please!

 

MARCH

Week 1 - yes and no (complete with Scottish accent!)

Week 2 - car, bus, tractor

Week 3 - Happy birthday!

Week 4 - eat and drink

A million dreams signed in Makaton

The February song in our eTwinning project, Hands of the World, was A million dreams. It has just been pointed out to Señora Stevens by the pupils that we still haven't shared the amazing collaborative video on our school website. So here it is below. 
The video features children from 40 schools across the world, this time starting with the youngest in China and Croatia (aged 4) and ending with student teachers at the University of Dundee. It gave us all goosebumps when we watched it. We hope you enjoy watching it!

 

¡Me gusta el Slime!

4cc me gustaAs Year 4 had their Spanish lesson on Valentines Day this week, they did something a little different. Knowing how much the children love using the bilingual dictionaries, Señora Stevens gave them an opportunity to do some revision and also expand their vocabulary.

Firstly they reviewed how to say 'I like' and 'I love' in Spanish - me gusta and me encanta - and then how to make that negative and say 'I don't like' - no me gusta. Some children even remembered that if you say that you like a plural noun, it becomes me gustan or me encantan. 
Then they recalled as many words as they could from Year 3 to make up some I like sentences including Me gusta el chocolate and Me gustan los plátanos.
Finally, they reminded each other how to use a bilingual dictionary, which half they needed to use to find Spanish words, and how to 'read' the dictionary and choose the correct word. 

Their task was to fill in their heart with things that they like in Spanish. They produced some lovely work, and the six best from each class are shown here. A very successful lesson for all, including Señora Stevens who learned that the word for slime (as in the sparkly play slime!) in Spanish is... el Slime!

4af me gusta

Want to learn A million dreams in Makaton?

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The February song for the Hands of the World project is, like This is Me, from The Greatest Showman. A slightly slower but equally powerful song, Whitehouse Common have been assigned one line to learn - A million dreams are keeping me awake - but lots of children have expressed an interest in learning the whole song. So, with half term ahead of us, here is the song signed in Makaton so that anyone who wants to can have a go. After the holidays, anyone who has learned it can meet Sra Stevens to sign it together. 

 

Happy singing and signing!

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