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Let's Go Cultural at home!

final logoHello! Hallo!  ¡Hola! Yia sou and Merhaba

I hope that you're all safe. well and happy at home, exercising with Joe Wicks, dancing with Oti, enjoying story time with David Walliams and of course keeping up with your activities sent by your class teachers.

I thought you might like some ideas of how we can carry on with our Let's Go Cultural! project whilst we're not physically at school, so here are some suggestions. You can send anything you produce to your class Showbie and your teacher can pass it on to me, or tweet it, or send it to our school enquiry email address and it'll get to me that way. 

Most of all, stay happy and safe, and keep smiling. 

Sra Stevens xx

PS Spanish will follow tomorrow! And watch out for photos and videos of our exciting project week in school!

1. Did you enjoy our Erasmus+ visitors being here? What did you do and learn while our visitors were here? What was your favourite memory? You could write a thank you letter or a recount, or record yourself dancing or talking about your experiences.

2. Find out about famous monuments in Austria, Spain, Greece and Turkey, and in particular in Styria, Cartagena, Elefsina and Istanbul.

3. Festivals and celebrations – explore festivals that are celebrated in our partner countries throughout the year. Do we celebrate them too? Are they similar to a festival we celebrate? How are they celebrated? Food? Dance? Music? What about festivals we celebrate?

Kendama opt4. The next phase of our project looks at traditional games and pastimes. Why not find out about traditional games played in England/the United Kingdom.

Talk to your older relatives (or write them a letter!) – what did they play as children? What toys did they have?

What games were played at breaktime in the past?

What equipment did they need?

You could make some posters or even a video to explain what you discover!

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5. Traditional tales and stories from England as well as our partner countries are also something we’ll be looking at. Have a look for some stories that originate from Spain, Austria, Greece and Turkey. You could retell them using a storyboard, or even act them out!

6. Check out the project blog to see what our partner schools have been learning about too!

There are suggestions above but there are lots of other things you could explore about our partner countries. Geography, history, art, famous people and much more!

Have fun! 


International School Award presentation

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On Tuesday we were very privileged to receive a visit from John Rolfe MBE representing the British Council to present our International School Award. 

The International School Award rewards schools that have shown a commitment to embedding international awareness and understanding within their class or school. 
We have been awarded the International School Award three times now, in recognition of our outstanding work on international themes, in collaboration with schools across Europe and around the world, as well as within our school and local community. Every time it gets harder to achieve as you have to show how you have built on your previous activities. In addition you have to show how you have inspired others and acted as mentors for them on their international journey.

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During the special assembly on Tuesday, Señora Stevens shared some of the many activities that we carried out last year that helped us gain this recognition:

  • The Great International Bake Off
  • International Challenge
  • Celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity week
  • Belonging week (based on the book Belonging by Jeannie Baker)
  • Celebrating Remembrance and El Día de Paz - multilingual thank yous
  • our eTwinning projects, Let's travel with our mascot and Toys the Travellers
  • How's your Christmas? which saw over 200 Christmas cards from around Europe adorning our tree
  • Green Kids, an eTwinning project for which we won an eTwinning Quality Label and were highly commended at the National eTwinning prize giving
  • Celebrating languages - both in classes with Y1 searching out students at the school with linguistic talents and asking them questions, and also in our special Language Celebration assembly
  • Hands of the World project for which we won a National AND a European Quality Label, and a National eTwinning Prize - singing in Makaton with schools across the world, learning a Makaton phrase each week and beginning to exchange postcards too.
  • World Book Day - KS2 learned to tell the story Querido Zoo (Dear Zoo) in Spanish and Makaton and then some of them went to FKS/KS1 and told it to them.

You can find out about all of these events and activities by looking back through the school website and the Spanish blog in particular over the last year.

We also looked at how we are continuing our international work through our link with Montessori School Cape Coast, the next phase of the Hands of the World project, and of course, our Erasmus+ project, Let's Go Cultural!IMG 4418 opt

John Rolfe congratulated us on receiving the ISA for the 3rd time, and on our successes in gaining our quality labels and awards which are very hard to achieve. He also shared how Whitehouse Common are used as an example of good practice in International work, and thanked us for all our hard work to celebrate the richness of experience gained from sharing our similarities and learning from our differences.

We thank him for travelling from London just to visit us and join in our celebration!

Mr Horne now has lots of plaques to put up - watch out for them on a wall near you in the near future!

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Autumn Term Spanish exploits!

spanishAt the end of the Autumn Term it seems right to look back and share some of the highlights of our Spanish learning.

Year 3 have begun their formal learning of Spanish with great enthusiasm, demonstrating that they already know some Spanish and that they are ready to learn more. They're brilliant at answering questions about themselves,  love speaking games including Find your partner, and our catching skills are improving as the squishy ball comes out most lessons to help us take turns! Taking part in rhymes and stories has also been a hit, and in the lad up to Christmas they enjoyed acting out the story of El Pequeño Petirrojo as you can see below!


Year 4 began the year comparing the days of the week in other languages and using the story La Oruga Muy Hambrienta to learn the days of the week and revise opinions. They then changed the caterpillar to a monster and wrote the story of El Monstruo Hambriento using a bilingual dictionary to find out suitable vocabulary for a mosnter to eat - very imaginative ideas they had too! They are now confident to write the date in Spanish and Señora Stevens will be looking for this in their books from now onwards!

Year 5 have focussed on talking about families, imaginary and real, and wrote some wonderful descriptions of families using singular and plural verb forms. They also enjoyed the story of El Nabo Enorme, using Talk for Writing to memorise it and then rewriting it with their own vegetable and characters. They also enjoyed acting it out with props - some budding thespians were certainly discovered!

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Year 6 have worked on talking about sports this term and they concluded the term by writing a letter about their sporting likes and dislikes as well as those of friends and family, presenting it on a Lego person. Photos of that to follow as they're not quite finished..

And we mustn't forget KS1 where the chidlren ahve also been learning some Spanish, and it's not just the children who have been learning as you can see below!


Looking forward the Spring Term, we're very excited that we will be having visitors from Spain in March and will have an opportunity to show off our Spanish skills!

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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