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Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Primavera 9 y 10)

fruitOnly 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.

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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.' 

Magic Tree eBook - eTwinning Tree project

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! 

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The eTwinning Tree book has arrived!

The eTwinning Tree book has arrived and is currently in the hands of our talented pupils who are filling in the Whitehouse Common pages with drawings, two stories, a poem and an envelope of pictures and leaves. Yesterday afternoon 2MW had their photo taken under our special oak tree, the star of our stories, and their picture will be put into the book too. More news will follow as each class has the opportunity to read the pages made by the 11 preceding schools as well as seeing where the book has yet to travel (another 22 schools in 18 countries!)

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World Book Day ¡en español!

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This year for World Book Day, Whitehouse Common went Roald Dahl crazy and was overtaken by a multitude of Matildas, Mr Foxes, Willy Wonkas and Oompa Loompas. 

In Spanish, Y5 and 6 rose to the challenge and tackled some activities based on La Maravillosa Medicina de Jorge. They listened to Señora Stevens (dramatically!) reading the chapter El maravilloso plan in which Jorge hatches his plan to make a new medicine before having a go at reading aloud the rhyme at the end with their partner. Some brave people even tried to read it aloud to the class which is not easy, even if you speak Spanish every day!

The next task was to listen to the recipe for Señora Stevens' 'maravillosa medicina', putting the instructions back into order and working out the ingredients. 

Finally, using colour coded word cards to help, Y5 and 6 classes created la receta for their own maravillosa medicina. Señora Stevens is looking forward to next lesson when everyone is going to bring their completed medicines, and to awarding the promised prizes for the best ones. Of course, she will post them on the Spanish blog! 

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Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Primavera 7 y 8)

it's been a busy start to the new half term, and it's already 2/5 over! Most classes have begun new topics and are working hard to fit in as much as possible in the short time before Easter.

Y2 have started learning about 'la fruta'. Last week they learned the names of five fruits and we talked about words that included certain Spanish phonemes. This week we looked at photographs of La Boquería market in Barcelona and compared pictures of fruit stalls in Spain and England to find differences.

Y3 began to talk about things in their pencil case; they particularly enjoyed the word 'un sacapuntas' and I understand that 3JH are getting very proficient with their dictionary skills. 

Y4 are starting a unit based around describing faces that will see them working on the way adjectives behave in Spanish. They  learned a song and a rhyme about their face. Here's a link to the video and below is the poem. It's a rebus - can you fill in the missing words? A clue: they're all body parts apart from line 4 = sonreír (smile) and line 8 = palomitas de maiz (popcorn)

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Y5 finished their time topic and are getting ready to tackle some Spanish related Maths, looking at currencies, prices, distances and dates of birth!

And Y6 are moving on from talking about the places in town to talking about how they might travel around. This week they used all their language learning skills (LLS) to match pictures of transport with the correct label in Spanish. They used cognates and near cognates as well as context and some 'sensible guessing' to work out the 11 new phrases. They also learned about the dangers of 'false friends', words that look like and English word but don't mean what you think. For example, you'd think that en coche meant by coach and en autocar meant by car, but it's the other way around!

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Y5 and 6 completed special Spanish activities this week as it was World Book Day. Find out what they did in the next post!

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