Catch up with all the latest Spanish news!

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!

Magic mascots - choosing our mascot.

This year Whitehouse Common are participating in a couple of eTwinning projects. The first is entitled Magic Mascots and involves six schools from six countries exchanging mascots over the school year. We will be working with schools in Croatia, Poland, Spain, Finland and the Ukraine.


Our first task was to choose a mascot for Whitehouse Common, and the Language Leaders decided upon a bear in dungarees. They then debated and voted on his name, and would like to present to you:


William Henry was named after Shakespeare and the Duke of Cambridge, and Henry VIII.

He has now begun his travels representing Whitehouse Common and has flown to Madrid in Spain, complete with his passport, scrapbook, gifts for the partner schools and a game of table ping pong to play. You can see inside his box here.


Language Leaders 2016-17

LANGUAGE LEADERFollowing the success of the Language Leaders last year, a new school year brought a new round of applications. Once again all KS2 pupils were invited to apply for the post by submitting a letter explaining why they wanted the position and what they felt they could offer.

This year, the outgoing Language Leaders were involved in the selection of their successors. Following their deliberations (which were long and detailed including some interviews when they weren't sure who to choose) at least one Language Leader was appointed for each class with a few having two.

So congratulations to Scarlett, Roman, Beau and Tia, Hollie, Sofia and Kirstie, Olivia and Amsa, Maddie, Rohan and Freddie and Josh and Yousaf, the Whitehouse Common Language Leaders 2016-17.

Their first task was to pick a mascot to represent our school in our latest eTwinning project...

International School Award Reaccreditation success

ISA optHave you ever looked at all the badges at the bottom of the school website? If you have, you may have noticed one that says International School Award 2011-2014. You might even recall when we were awarded this accolade!

Over the last year, Señora Stevens has been collecting evidence to prove that Whitehouse Common Primary School deserves to be reaccredited with the Full award.

To qualify, a school applying for the Accreditation/Reaccreditation level of the International School Award will have embedded international learning across the school and curriculum and in doing so will have to:

  • work with international partners on a range of projects, sustaining activity throughout the academic year (including language learning activities)
  • embed the international work across the whole school (most pupils must be involved)
  • share educational practice with partners overseas and implementing changes across the school

And, if applying for reaccreditation,

  • disseminate their approach to international work and demonstrated long-term impact.

At the end of June, the application and evidence was submitted, and during the holidays we received good news!


Congratulations on your Re/Accreditation of the International School Award 2016-2019
Dear International Coordinator,
Thank you for submitting your Impact Evaluation of international learning activities. We are delighted to inform you that Whitehouse Common Primary School has been successful in gaining Reaccreditation of the International School Award and is accredited for three years from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2019.
Here are the assessor’s comments on your Impact Evaluation, to highlight where your application was particularly impressive and points to take note of as you continue to develop the international dimension in your school:
Whitehouse Common Primary School.
International School Award Re-Accreditation: APPROVED.
Your school is clearly committed to the ongoing development of global citizenship via classroom-based learning and collaboration with partner schools in oer countries. An international dimension is firmly embedded in your curriculum, staff professional development programme and whole-school planning and ethos under the guidance of your own expertise and experience. Your international work enriches the curriculum, contributes to improved learning and educational outcomes and raises awareness of other countries and cultures, whilst providing opportunities for your pupils to consider and address global issues in a meaningful and motivational context. Your international dimension dovetails neatly with ICT and MFL teaching and learning. Your active collaboration with schools in other countries is effectively managed so that your pupils can communicate, share and discuss common themes freely.Foreign language learning is enriched with intercultural understanding provided by the link with peers in Mexico and by other opportunities to include cultural aspects. Short-term activities are balanced with ongoing programmes of study. Your ambassadorial role is high-profile, in which you support and disseminate international learning to a wide audience in other schools. Your impact evaluation is reflective and insightful, highlighting the positive effect of international work not only on pupils and local community, but also on staff professional development via the opportunity to share good practice with and learn from colleagues in different education systems in other countries. You have made good use of funded programmes such as Connecting Classrooms and Comenius, and continue to benefit from innovative eTwinning project work. You have good plans to sustain and further develop your international dimension. Congratulations on your International School Award Re-Accreditation 

There will be an national award ceremony later on in the Autumn at which we will be presented with our certificate and plaque, and if you check the bottom of the website in a few weeks time, you should be able to see our newly updated badge. 

Last year's Language Leaders suggested ways in which we can carry on developing our international work in 2016-17, and I'm sure that the next cohort will have plans too so watch this space!



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