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Created on Thursday, 16 June 2016 20:17
|On Thursday 26th May, KS2 assembly went multilingual. The intention was to celebrate languages, not just Spanish which is the language that we learn as a school.
We had contributions in French, Spanish, Greek, Punjabi, Tamil, Bulgarian, Polish, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese from pupils in Years 3 to 6. It was especially lovely to hear children showing off their home / heritage languages or choose to share a language that means something to them, and for other children who spoke the same language to be able to translate for the rest of the hall! There was lots of variety with poems, tongue twisters, conversations, vocab lists and even some very brave children who sang in front of the whole of KS2. The staff were very proud of them all, and everyone in the hall clapped enthusiastically after each contribution.
In fact, it was such a special assembly and so many people wanted to share that we ran out of time to hear and see everyone who wanted to participate. Therefore, we're having a second installment featuring the volunteers from 3JH and 3EC as part of our assembly on Thursday 23rd June when the Language Leaders and Señora Stevens are presenting some special awards.
Everyone who took part received house points, a certificate and a small prize. We're looking forward to further events that celebrate our diversity whilst remembering that we all smile in the same language.
And FKS1 are going to be treated to a few examples in their special language assembly on Tuesday 21st.
Created on Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:52
A trip to Barcelona and a misplaced iPad (now found!) have delayed a report on Spanish for the two weeks before half term. However, as they say in Spanish, ¡más vale tarde que nunca!
Y4 had a 'wild' time creating hybrid animals and Y6 worked on regular -ar verbs, creating graphical representations of their conjugations whilst Y2 made minibooks and Y3 roleplayed shopping, but this time we'll focus on Y1 and Y5.
|Year 1 have been working in topic lessons on 'the beach' and our Spanish lessons have had a similar theme. To finish off, we made mini books of a story called ¡Hola playa! and read them aloud to each other. 1AG showed very impressive pronunciation skills! We also sang a song about Diez pececitos. If you'd like to sing along too, here's the link!|
And in year 5, both 5MA and 5SG were tested on their ability to write without prompts and scaffolds using post its and grids of weather symbols and compass directions. In pairs, they were given 16 clues to weather phrases in picture form and were challenged to write the weather forecast sentences as accurately as possible. It's not as easy as it sounds as you need to forget your English phoneme/grapheme links and switch to Spanish ones; for example, what sounds like 'athay' with your English ears is written 'hace' in Spanish. Y5 enjoyed the challenge as you can see below, and decided that they quite liked this type of assessment! After half term, they're looking forward to becoming weather forecasters!
Created on Saturday, 21 May 2016 17:01
In KS2 assembly a couple of weeks ago, we read this poem called Language(s) and reflected on how special and exciting it is that many of us speak more than one language, some of us on a daily basis. We thought about how language can be a barrier (that stops us communicating) but that it can - and should - be a bridge that takes us to exciting new places and opportunities.
As part of the assembly, Señora Stevens introduced a tongue twister in Spanish and another in German, and some brave pupils had a go at saying them as fast as they could. They were quite impressive! At the end, there was a challenge and invitation to everyone to share something in a language other than English next time Señora Stevens did assembly.
So on Thursday 26th May, KS2 will be celebrating linguistic diversity in assembly with (hopefully!) lots of short examples of languages spoken by our school community in the form of poems, tongue twisters, story or song snippets or simply pupils introducing themselves in another language. Perfection is not needed, nor does it have to be a language that you speak every day; however,you do need to know what it is that you're saying!
The assembly will also include exciting news from our Language Leaders.
And FKS/KS1 won't miss out as Señora Stevens is doing their assembly this week and they'll have an opportunity to learn the same tongue twisters - and perhaps even a song!
Created on Saturday, 21 May 2016 11:28
Bueno, what has been going on in Spanish in the middle of the term? This time we'll focus on Y1, Y2 and Y4!
Y4 have working on body parts, descriptions and most recently, the names of animals in their Spanish lessons. This week they had to put all that together to understand and create riddles to discover the identities of animals. In order to remind themselves of the vocabulary, they worked in groups of three to create a domino loop, matching images with the relevant word in Spanish. Not only did they have to recall words but also work out a few items of unfamiliar vocabulary such as la cola and el cuerpo. It was very pleasing to see all four BLP skills in action with plenty of collaboration, reasoning, revising and absorption, and also a healthy amount of competition to be the first group to solve the puzzle. What's more, they had the additional challenge of doing it very quietly so they didn't disturb the children doing exams. ¡Bien hecho Y4! In the last lessons of the half term they'll be working on strange hybrid animals. Watch this space to see what happens when their imagination and their Spanish skills meet!
Y2 have been working for the last four weeks on the story Oso marrón ¿qué ves ahí? with some visitors from BCU. After a whole class start to the lesson, the children have enjoyed working in small groups with a teacher, learning the names for animals and colours before putting them together and recreating the story. They've used their listening skills to match what they hear to pictures, speaking skills as they joined in with the story and role played parts of it, reading skills as they put parts of the story back into order and writing skills as they filled in missing words in the text. Plus their pronunciation has been spot on! The visitors were very impressed and Señora Stevens was very proud of them all. And the pupils? Well, they enjoyed having so many teachers - "we learned really quickly because we didn't have to wait for help," said one and another "you get more goes to answer questions in a small group."
Over the last two weeks of term 2DH and 2MW will be writing their own individual stories based on Oso Marrón.
However, 2MW have also collected the work that they did with the visitors into books of work as you can see (right)
Some excellent drawing on display as well as some imaginative animal choices. I particularly liked the el zorro and el pterodáctilo.
¡Muchas gracias a nuestros profesores visitantes de 2DH, 2MW y la Señora Stevens!
Finalmente 1AG have continued on their trip to la playa and having read the story of a little boy, Raúl, called En la playa, they are now experts at talking about the things with which they might play on the beach such as un cubo, una pala and una pelota. They completed an activity that involved labelling a picture in Spanish with some of these words, then colouring it in. The extension was to label the colours that they had chosen to use in Spanish. ¡Buen trabajo!
Created on Friday, 29 April 2016 18:24
This week 2DH astounded the teachers with their recall of not just the animals in the story Oso Marrón but also their colours 0 and in Spanish too! 2MW were introduced to the same story and some were very clever and tried to read the story in Spanish all by themselves!
This week we focus on what Year 1 and Year 6 are doing in their Spanish lessons.
Year 6 have been working on the verb IR (to go) for several weeks, learning about the 6 'persons' of the verb and how to conjugate ir in the present tense, then applying it to talk about how people travel to places in town. This week they were challenged to form the sentences from memory in the form of the post it challenge! In pairs they were given a grid of 8 trios of images and they had to write the corresponding sentence on a post it to 'claim' that square. The children rose to the challenge, demonstrating that they have the verb IR sussed (although some need to revise their prepositions!) It was good to hear the buzz of collaboration as the pupils shared their knowledge and discussed how to spell words by referring back to their phonic knowledge.
Year 1 are looking at the topic of the Seaside this half term and Spanish lessons are following this theme. 1AG have listened to the story En la playa and read it together as a class. This week there were lots of volunteers to read a page aloud on their own - they were amazing! Señora Stevens made it harder by covering some of the words and 1AG proved that they could still read it! ¡Enhorabuena 1AG!
Here are some of the words in case you'd like to learn them too!
KS2 also had a language themed assembly this week. How are you all doing with your tongue twister?
Here it is so you can have a go!
Camarón, caramelo. Camarón, caramelo.
Camarón, caramelo. Caramelo, camarón.
News of the latest competition that was launched in assembly will be in the next newsletter.
Next week, Y6 are going to 'dig deep' to see how long a sentence they can make using all their previous Spanish learning, Y4 are going to test their phonic knowledge and Y5 are going to 'call' each other.
¡Hasta la vista!