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William Henry visits Spain.

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Following on from the post on Thursday about Beef, the panda, vsiiting our school as part of the Magic Mascots eTwinning project, you may be wondering how our mascot, William, is getting on. 

William visited Spain first of all and had an amazing time, visiting children's homes, going on a tour of the local area and spending time at school. The children of 5th Grade B went on a school trip to the Natural History Museum in Madrid and then a Lego exhibition - and William went too. They even made him wear a seatbelt. And then they had a special English tea party for him! By the pictures that have been uploaded to the Twinspace, it looks as though he has been spoilt, being fed tortilla and galletas at everywhere he went, being lent pyjamas and a special bed, being taken to all sorts of wonderful places, and been loved very much!

Tomorrow, find out what William Henry did in Poland!

We're a Global Learning Partnership Expert Centre!

GLP Expert Centre Badge optFollowing on from our recent International School Award Reaccreditation from the British Council, Whitehouse Common is contuning to lead the way in promoting the international dimension and global learning by becoming an Expert Centre or Hub for a Global Learning Partnership (GLP) network.

The GLP is a funded programme of support that is helping teachers in Primary, Secondary and Special schools to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3. We will be leading a hub of around 15 schools in exploring and developing actvities across the curriculum that promote knowledge, skills and values to equip our pupils as world citizens.

Señora Stevens recently attended training at Warwick University to prepare for this new challenge and we are very excited to see our hub develop and grow over the next year. FullSizeRender opt

Beef visits Whitehouse Common

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As part of the Magic Mascots eTwinning project, Whitehouse Common has recently been visited by a second mascot. Beef comes from Kyiv (Kiev) in the Ukraine and is a small big eyed panda.When he arrived, Year 5 enjoyed looking at the gifts that we had been sent including a bag, a pen and some Ukrainian dolls, and were very interested in the writing on the box in which Beef arrives as it was written in Cyrillic script.

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Beef enjoyed time in Year 5, attending assembly, taking part in lessons, making Christmas decorations and even attending 5MM's Space Camp. He joined in Guided Reading with 4JM, joined in the acting out of El Pequeño Petirrojo in Year 3 and was taken all over the school by various children who looked after him well. Beef even found a long lost brother who we named Steak. They both enjoyed numerous play dates and had lots of fun taking part in Christmas dinner and Christmas Toy Day.

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Beef has now waved goodbye to Steak and started his journey to the next school he will visit in Spain. However, we still have Steak, and a new mascot will soon arrive to explore Whitehouse Common. I wonder who it will be?

Lo que aprendimos en español (otoño 1-6)

The first half term of the year has flown past! Although there’s been no specific Spanish news on the website, there’s been plenty of learning going on throughout the school.

Year 3 have begun their KS2 Spanish learning by reviewing how to introduce themselves in Spanish,  responding to questions politely and speaking with good intonation thanks to work on Spanish phonics. They also discussed Spanish names and how Spanish children have two surnames or family names as they take their Dad’s name and their Mum’s name.

Here are some of Y3 dressed up to practice addressing Señor, Señora and Señorita.

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Year 4 have been working on days of the week and re-reading La Oruga Muy Hambrienta. They then used their dictionary skills to imagine what un monstruo hambriento might eat and rewrote the story as a mini book. 

Here are a few examples!

Year 5 have been working on la familia and began the topic learning a song about Lisa Simpson and her family. After working on the vocabulary and grammar for a few weeks, they are now writing about their own families.

Year 6 have been tackling some grammar, distinguishing between the indefinite and definite article in Spanish and then applying rules of gender and number to it. Quite tricky as English just uses a (an)/some and the rather than four different ways of saying the, two to say a and two to same some. They’re now applying this to describing sports kit for two Spanish Olympic athletes. 

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Elsewhere in the school I’ve heard classes singing in Spanish and I know that Y1 have been looking at words to do with family. Looking forward to having a look at Class Learning Journeys next half term to find out more!

Magic mascots - our first visitor has arrived!

Welcome to Nalle from Finland!  


The Language Leaders were very excited to find a parcel at their very first meeting this week. When they opened it and saw Nalle, they were even more excited, checking where Finland is found on the map, reading Nalle's scrapbook to find out about him, and of course, giving him a welcome squeeze. They discovered that Nalle means bear in Finnish and that he comes from a place called Outokumpu!
For the rest of the day Nalle followed Señora Stevens around, and he attended our very special assemblies in the afternoon, finding out about Black History Month, congratulating Miss Harper on her upcoming wedding and waving goodbye to Mrs Paterson as she retires. He particularly enjoyed singing the songs.


As we're on holiday this week, Nalle is exploring our local area with Señora Stevens. We hope that he is warm enough in his specially made Tshirt and trousers as it's become very autumnal all of a sudden!

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