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Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Verano 4 y 5)

Bueno, what has been going on in Spanish in the middle of the term? This time we'll focus on Y1, Y2 and Y4! 

Y4 have working on body parts, descriptions and most recently, the names of animals in their Spanish lessons. This week they had to put all that together to understand and create riddles to discover the identities of animals. In order to remind themselves of the vocabulary, they worked in groups of three to create a domino loop, matching images with the relevant word in Spanish. Not only did they have to recall words but also work out a few items of unfamiliar vocabulary such as la cola and el cuerpo. It was very pleasing to see all four BLP skills in action with plenty of collaboration, reasoning, revising and absorption, and also a healthy amount of competition to be the first group to solve the puzzle. What's more, they had the additional challenge of doing it very quietly so they didn't disturb the children doing exams. ¡Bien hecho Y4! In the last lessons of the half term they'll be working on strange hybrid animals. Watch this space to see what happens when their imagination and their Spanish skills meet!



Y2 have been working for the last four weeks on the story Oso marrón ¿qué ves ahí? with some visitors from BCU. After a whole class start to the lesson, the children have enjoyed working in small groups with a teacher, learning the names for animals and colours before putting them together and recreating the story. They've used their listening skills to match what they hear to pictures, speaking skills as they joined in with the story and role played parts of it, reading skills as they put parts of the story back into order and writing skills as they filled in missing words in the text. Plus their pronunciation has been spot on! The visitors were very impressed and Señora Stevens was very proud of them all. And the pupils? Well, they enjoyed having so many teachers - "we learned really quickly because we didn't have to wait for help," said one and another "you get more goes to answer questions in a small group."



Over the last two weeks of term 2DH and 2MW will be writing their own individual stories based on Oso Marrón.

However, 2MW have also collected the work that they did with the visitors into books of work as you can see (right)

Some excellent drawing on display as well as some imaginative animal choices. I particularly liked the el zorro and el pterodáctilo.


¡Muchas gracias a nuestros profesores visitantes de 2DH, 2MW y la Señora Stevens!

2mw books

Finalmente 1AG have continued on their trip to la playa and having read the story of a little boy, Raúl, called En la playa, they are now experts at talking about the things with which they might play on the beach such as un cubo, una pala and una pelota. They completed an activity that involved labelling a picture in Spanish with some of these words, then colouring it in. The extension was to label the colours that they had chosen to use in Spanish. ¡Buen trabajo!

1ag label

Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Verano 3)

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.

6hj IR


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! 

estrella mar playa optcubo pala

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!

camaron opt

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!

Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Verano 1)

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?

se busca1



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.

IMG 1599 opt

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.

IMG 1600 opt


eTwinning Tree book at Whitehouse Common

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?

hannah James story

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!

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.

monstruo1 monstruo2

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.' 

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