Catch up with all the latest Spanish news!
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!
Created on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 14:35
We've only been back at school for a week and already the children have produced some 'trabajo excelente'. Everyone has been working hard but this week we're going to focus on two year groups, Year 2 and Year 4.
Year 4 have been working for the whole Spring term on parts of the head and face, and last week they finished a piece of work called Mi Monstruo in which they drew and described their own monster. Below are some of the monstruos muy espantosos. They have had to think about word order in Spanish - adjectives follow nouns - and also the gender and number of the noun as adjectives agree with nouns.
They worked so hard that we had time to do something else so we made some Wanted posters! They used a scaffold but many of them used a dictionary to extend their descriptions. Can you guess what 'es peligroso' means?
Year 2 talked about Easter in a country that speaks Spanish other than Spain before the holidays. They focussed on Guatemala and the tradition of making 'alfombras' or rugs with coloured sawdust in the streets. They learned that the alfombras can only to trodden on by the parades carrying the image/statue of Jesus through the streets, and that although they take hours to make, they only last a few minutes before they are destroyed by the feet of the parades. Children took home an alfombra to colour and some of them returned them for a sticker.
Last week we looked at shapes - las formas - which links with Y2 Maths at the moment. We drew the shapes in the air, compared the English and Spanish words and linked to the coours that we had learned earlier in the term. I was particularly impressed with Yianni who wrote his shapes in Spanish AND Greek! Muy bien hecho! This week we're continuing to talk about shapes with our visitors from BCU.
Created on Monday, 21 March 2016 20:47
Whitehouse Common is part of an eTwinning project with 33 other schools in 26 different countries across Europe. The project is based around trees, their importance to the environment and their role in our history, and the central activity is a shared book that is travelling between the schools. Each school contributes a story, a picture and a poem or riddle as well as being allowed to add photos and leaves to a small envelope on their page.
Each school can only have the book for a very short time as it has much travelling to do, and we have been host for the last ten days. During that time, the book has visited classes, been to assemblies and been thoroughly investigated by the staff and pupils. After some excellent entries in the competition to write the story or draw the picture in the book, Evie, Hannah, James, Reinart and Shirin were chosen to fill in the book on behalf of all the pupils:
The illustrator of the front cover
Our artist drew a beautiful picture of our oak tree through the four seasons.
Our chosen poet.
One of our authors...
and here's the other!
Their stories are written in the form of a tree. Clever, eh?
Thanks too to 2MW who posed beautifully under the oak tree and found some oak leaves (no mean feat in spring!) for the envelope.
The book is now on its way to Oulu University Teacher Training School in Finland. We hope it arrives safely!
Created on Sunday, 20 March 2016 21:05
Only one more week to go before las vacaciones de Pascuas so what have the pupils of Whitehouse Common being learning in Spanish over the last two weeks?
Y2 have been roleplaying visiting the fruit shop. They've been practising asking the price of items in euros and being polite too! They were helped by learning a song called Tres manzanas por favor. I'm sure they'd sing it for you if you asked!
Y3 have been learning about and using bilingual dictionaries. They know that there are two halves to the dictionary, one for finding out how to say Spanish words in English and the other to find English words in Spanish, and that there are some very useful word lists in the middle too.
Y4 have been working really hard on adjectives in Spanish and are getting ready to describe their own monsters next week. Last week they completed descriptions of a funny monster, concentrating on word order and agreements. Señora Stevens was particularly impressed by these two pieces of work; being a good language learner isn't about getting everything right all the time but about listening carefully and making progress.
Y5 have become more confident with numbers up to 100 and have been working out prices and change in euros. A couple of students have been enjoying it so much that they've been doing extensions of the extension activities!
And Y6 have working on talking about how they travel around town, learning that when you say you are going to a place that is a masculine noun, the a and el join to become al whilst they stay separate if the noun is feminine. For example - voy al banco en coche; voy a la playa en moto.
We've also spent time this week looking at the amazing eTwinning Tree book, but that deserves a post of its own.
In the last week before Easter some classes will be looking at how Easter is celebrated in Guatemala whilst others will finish off their unit of work with their 'big piece of work.'
Created on Sunday, 20 March 2016 20:23
A couple of weeks ago, representatives of years 3-6 worked with Señora Stevens on a collaborative eBook as part of our eTwinning project. The eBook is an online story created using the Storyjumper website and written by all the schools involved in the eTwinning Tree project. Each school reads the story thus far then adds the next part, leaving the story at a point allowing the next school to easily continue.
We don't want to give too much away as the whole story will be shared once it is finished but our part is below. Flora is the forest fairy who found a lonely tree and is travelling with a little boy called Tom to see the Queen as Raphael, the spirit of the Forest has stolen her magic wand and she needs it to save the tree from the three headed dragon. Our pupils enjoyed using their imagination and being creative in their story writing. We hope you enjoy it!