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Languages Celebration Assembly

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On Thursday afternoon, KS2 gathered in the Oaks Hall to celebrate Languages. 28 children bravely volunteered to share their language skills with their peers as we were treated to songs in French, Spanish and Makaton, a poem in Polish, a German tongue twister, a joke in Latin and children introduced themselves in Burmese, Sinhala, Tamil, Turkish, Punjabi, Italian, Hindi and French. The assembly concluded with the poem about languages below that was written especially for the occasion by S-L in Y4. 

It was lovely to see the children celebrating languages that they know and love, whether because they speak them on a daily basis or know them via family, holidays or clubs. It was also good to consider the importance of communciation, through languages both spoken and signed, to ensure inclusion and a sense of belonging. 

Thank you to all those who participated. 

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In case you can't read the poem:
LANGUAGES

There are so many languages; I can't count there's so much.

There's Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, African and Dutch.

There are so many languages 

In this world

But very few of them have I been told.

There's Spanish and French

I'm sure,

And Dutch, Maori and many more.

There are so many languages, every one is unique.

There are so many languages about which we can all speak.

 

 

 

Lo que hemos aprendido en mayo

In what has been a very short half term with SATs to deal with as well, we've still been working hard on our Spanish.

Year 4 have completed descriptions of monsters and learned the names for parts of their bodies in Spanish using this song from Rockalingua that proved very popular!

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Year 5 have been learning how to tell the time in Spanish. It's hard enough for some of us in English but they persevered and some even started working out various ways of making it easier - and harder - for themselves using 24 hour clock and digital clocks too.

 

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Year 6 enjoyed the distraction from their SATs provided by Spanish grammar and the verb TENER, translating phrases using tener in set expressions such as

tener prisa - to be in a hurry;

tener éxito - to be successful;

tener dolor de cabeza - to have a headache;

and also inventing sentences such as

Tiene cien mil años - s/he is 100,000 years old;

Tenéis un perro pequeño - You have a small dog;

¿Tienes cola? Do you have a tail?

Tenemos pepinos y berro - We have cucumbers and cress (harking back to Y3!)

IMG 5262 opt 1 3JM have been very industrious. They have been trailling a new way of learning called Symtalk that uses symbols to help create sentences in Spanish as well as learning about the gender of nouns. To use their new skills as well as to show that they can successfully use a bilingual dictionary, they wrote minbooks called ¿Qué veo? (What can I see?) The minibook were beautifully written and illustrated, and below is a little video showcasing three of them.

 

And finally, whilst Señora Stevens hasn't been teaching in the Acorns building this year, she's really enjoyed finding out what children have been learning when she's popped along, and was particularly impressed the other day when a Y2 stopped her and asked 'Señora Stevens ¿te gustan las manzanas o las fresas?' in beautiful Spanish, and also answered the question herself when Señora Stevens turned it back to her. ¡Bien hecho Claudia! (y Señor Cope también)

Querido Zoo - FKS1 assembly in Spanish and Makaton!

1677 Dear Zoo SpanishFor World Book Day this year, all pupils in KS2 learned how to tell the story Dear Zoo in Spanish and Makaton. At the end of the week we held an assembly in which all 270+ pupils simultaneously retold the story with Señora Stevens and the Language Leaders. After this, the Language Leaders suggested - and Señora Stevens enthusiastically agreed! - that Reception, Y1 and Y2 would love the story too. 

A few weeks ago, posters went up around the Oaks building asking for volunteers to come and help with the assembly in which we would present Querido Zoo to the younger pupils. Lots of volunteers attended the planning meeting and 20 were able to help Señora Stevens with the assembly on May 9th.

They practised over the weekend and attended two rehearsal in their free time, and were word and sign perfect! It was lovely to see the younger pupils looking up to older ones and trying to join in with the signs even before they were taught!

We started by introducing the signs for the animals and then told the story. Everyone listened beautifully and lots of children joined in with the signs as well as some trying to join in with the Spanish too.  After the assembly a few children wanted to share with Señora Stevens about their experiences of Makaton, how their older siblings had been teaching them or how they knew some from outside school. And at the school disco the following evening, one child even sought out Señora Stevens to show her that he hadn't forgotten the signs and the Spanish words. ¡Impresionante!

Muchas gracias to all the volunteers who were able to help, and to 3JM who couldn't help on this occasion but who have another mission for Señora Stevens!

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Dancing in the street (HOTW April song challenge)

handsFollowing on from This is me!, A million dreams and last month, I'd like to teach the world to sing (in perfect harmony), the April song sung and signed in Makaton was DANCING IN THE STREET.
Year 5 had a marvellous time discovering the Eighties through the music video as well as photographs - they all decided that Señora Stevens looked very different then - before learning the song. This time the chidlren took complete charge of all the details - they chose the location, the costumes (with a bit of guidance so it didn't get too adventurous!), the choreography and they also volunteered to film our lines. It was great fun but also a challenge, and I know that Sharon who coordinates the project loved the enthusiasm with which our line was delivered even if it made editing a little tricky!
Below is the final video incorporating lines from 36 schools in 29 countries, all dancing in the street! We hope that you enjoy it! 

 

May will see our last song (for this year at least) - watch this space for news of what it is!

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!

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