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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.

Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Verano 6 y 7)

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. 

hola playa

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! 

5ma tiempo5sg tiempo


languages poemIn 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!



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