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The eTwinning Tree project - online!

oak treeThis year Whitehouse Common has been participating in an eTwinning project called The eTwinning Tree. The main activity was for schools across Europe to visit a special tree, imagine what the tree would say if it could talk, and write stories and poems and draw pictures for a special book that would travel between the schools. We welcomed the actual book in March - you can find out about it here.

The book didn't manage to visit all 33 schools this year but it will continue next year. However, materials from the project are being uploaded to a special website for us all to see here -






There's an electronic version of The eTwinning Book stories available here and you can see the actual book in electronic form here. You can't take the postcards out of the envelopes or touch the leaves etc but you can see the beautiful illustrations.

Finally, in April we wrote a section in a Storyjumper online story and now you can read the whole story!

Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Verano 12)

Another busy week of Spanish learning at Whitehouse Common amidst all the end of term assemblies, celebrations and concerts.

Year 1 continued to work on contrasting delicious and disgusting things to eat, this week using dictionaries, glossaries and word lists to make their own ¡Qué rico! ¡Qué asco! posters. Looking at all the new words was very exciting and some found it hard to choose which to use on their posters. Others were fascinated by the Spanish script in one of the dictionaries.

1AG rico asco

Year 4 and 5 completed their owrk on the weather this week by presenting El pronóstico complete with wigs, glasses and foam microphone. Señora Stevens took so many photographs and videos that she had to keep downloading them to make space for more. Below are some of the photographs. Special mention to Millie, Mya, Aaliyah and Laila for their very expressive and demonstrative 'pop up' weather presenting!

y5 weather

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In the last week of term, we will review our learning over the year and Señora Stevens will be asking people for their highlights of the past year in language learning. If you want your memory or reflection to be shared, be sure to find her next week!

Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Verano 10 y 11)

We may be nearing the end of term but there's still lots of learning going on in Spanish lessons. Year 4 and 5 are busily planning weather forecasts and Year 6 are conjugating verbs to write very short stories about mini figures whilst Year 3 are working on colour and shape in the mosaics of Gaudí - or Gandhi as one child excitedly told Señora Stevens.  However, this time we're going to focus on Spanish in the Acorns.

As Señora Stevens entered the building this week she thought she heard Spanish angelitos singing. Without spoiling the surprise, she is very proud of Nursery and hopes they liked their stickers!

1ag ricoasco1AG have been talking about food they like and don't like in Spanish for the last few weeks. They started by saying ¡ñam! or ¡puaj! to show like or dislike before moving on to say sí por favor if they wanted the food offered or no gracias if they didn't. They've enjoyed the story ¡Qué rico! ¡Qué asco! that contrasts foods that are good to eat and things that you really shouldn't eat like gusanos, polvo and jabón, and their favourite one, mocos. There's been lots of enthusiastic joining in with the repeated sections and they especially enjoyed playing a game with Lewis who is helping with our Spanish lessons for the next few weeks. We also had a conversation about food in others countries; several children mentioned eating snails in France and Naiara was able to explain the picture of the jamón in the story as many children had never seen jamón serrano.

Year 2 have been joyfully singing about washing machines for the last few weeks in class - and at home too it seems from a couple of notes in planners! The contents of Ramón's washing machine has taught us the words for different items of clothing -(see left hand picture) and every week his calcetines que huelen  cause the machine to break down much to our amusement. This week we listened to the story Me visto...¡y te como! in which Señor Lobo gets dressed and... well, what do wolves normally want to do in stories? We sequenced some pictures from the story and matched up the vocabulary used (see right hand picture.) Finally we sang a song about playing in the woods whilst Señor Lobo isn't around. We called ¿Lobo estás? (are you there Mr Wolf?) and each time he replied that he was putting on an item of clothes until he was fully dressed and... You can find out what happens by listening to and watching the song Juguemos en el bosque.


Language Awards - Summer 2016

lang cert optWhen Señora Stevens asked the KS2 Language Leaders for their thoughts on Language Learning and how they'd like to make an impact on the school, they were unanimous in wanting a Language Award. They were also passionate that it should not necessarily be awarded to the best person at Spanish but to someone that is a "good language learner". They picked out some of the characteristics that they thought met this criteria:

  • has a go even if they're not sure.
  • tries hard even when they find it tricky.
  • shows enthusiasm in class.
  • learns languages out of lesson times.
  • encourages other people to use other languages.

Having asked Mrs Allen if they could carry out their plan, the first Language Awards were presented at the end of June. 

Children in Reception to Year 2 were treated to some Polish poems and a Bulgarian song from special guests Stan, Oscar and James in their special assembly, and Ruby and Freya handed out certificates to the inaugural award winners.

Years 3 to 6 enjoyed poems, songs and conversations in French, Spanish, German, Punjabi, Urdu, Japanese, Italian, Arabic and Hindi during their assembly as 3CC and 3JH showed off their linguistic talents in the additonal part of our 'We smile in the same language' celebration. During this assembly each Language Leader gave out the award to the classmate that they had chosen, explaining why they had been chosen. Reasons included 'he always joins in with great enthusiasm', 'Spanish is not their favourite subject but they always give 100%' and 'they listen really well and ask good questions.' 

Each prize winner received a certificate designed by Rohan, one of the Language Leaders, and a special Spanish pencil. 

¡Enhorabuena George, Florence, Sonny, Lyla, Grace, Kai, Jake, Jacob, Oliver, Toby, Hollyanne, James, Eddie, Oliver and Jack! 

The next Language Awards will be awarded just after October half term in the new school year (and Señora Stevens will remember to take photographs this time!)

4365 Sp Reward Pencils Bump opt

"We all smile in the same language" assembly



smile assembly

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.

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