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Spanish story competition - the judges' favourites

Whilst none of our stories won the OneThirdStories competition, some came very close. Pictured below are the three entries from Whitehouse Common that were picked out by the judges as being extra special. Do you recognise your story? Whitehouse Common opt 2

Everyone who entered has already received a certificate, but if the writers of these three stories would like to find Señora Stevens on Tuesday, she has an extra little something for you.

(Looking forward to seeing you, Abbie, Shirin and Sumaiya!)

Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Primavera 5)

Señora Stevens isn't teaching Spanish in Y3 at the moment so it's very exciting when she gets to see what they're doing. This week, 3JH were very excited to show her their work and were all ready to sing for her too but unfortunately were unable to find her. The colour work below is very impressive and I know that many older pupils would be very proud to have produced such neat accurate work. ¡Bien hecho a todos! Although there are only three eamples below, i know that there were many other great examples, including one that made it to the Excellence Board!

3JHcolour opt4AB worked on 'Saints' Day Showdown' this week, discovering the dates of some special days in Spain - and the United Kingdom too as they realised that el día de San Andrés on el treinta de noviembre is a special day in Escocia, and el día de San David on el primero de marzo is important in Gales. And year 6 are coming to the end of their unit on their town, and are working on their assessment which they will finish next week.

Year 5 have continued to work on telling the time this week. Everyone made progress this week, whether it was learning how to say minutes past the hour or minutes to the hour using digital clocks (it's tricky!) Isabella and Eddie did particularly well, demonstrating that they could work with both analogue and digital time in Spanish, with Eddie choosing some quite hard times to manipulate. ¡Enhorabuena!

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Year 2 had great fun on Tuesday afternoon working on sequencing colours in Spanish. They enjoyed singing the 'rojo, azul' song and dragging the beads into the correct sequence, demonstrating their mathematical skills as well as their Spanish. Señora Stevens was very impressed by their pronunciation too; everyone was using their Spanish glasses this week!

Here are some photos of the children making sequences.

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Señora Stevens was very proud to hand out certificates this week to all those who participated in the OneThirdStories competition. If you didn't get one and think that you should have done, please see Señora Stevens on Tuesday. She was also pleased to speak to some parents on Thursday at Parents' Evening. Muchas gracias to those who stopped and chatted, or looked at the work and resources on display. If you ever want to ask questions about Spanish or language learning (at Whitehouse Common or in general), please contact Señora Stevens who will be happy to talk to you. 

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Parents - don't forget to look at your page in the Spanish section. This week Señora Stevens has added some links to Spanish videos that might be of interest.

Pupils - don't forget the competition to tell the story of the oak tree outside the Willows building. They need to be written before the end of the week. 

Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Primavera 4)

Let's start this week with some news from Reception. These two smiling 'chicas' were sent to show their work to Señora Stevens on Tuesday. She was very pleased to see them and 2HD gave them a round of applause for such beautiful colouring of 'el arco iris'. ¡Bien hecho!

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2HD clapped out the names of animals in Spanish this week whilst 2MW made an animal symphony by clapping the rhythm of the Spanish animal names whilst saying them. They did hope that the other classes weren't disturbed by their enthusiasm! And staying in FKS and KS1, Señora Stevens was in charge of assembly on Tuesday and recruited some helpers to tell the story of El Nabo Enorme. Unfortunately there are no photographs but Daisy did an excellent job as 'el nabo enorme' who finally popped out of the ground, but only when pulled by el abuelo, la abuela, Marisol, el perro, el gato, el ratón y la araña!

In KS2, Year 3 opened their class assemblies with a Spanish song about friends, and a piece of Y3 Spanish work made it onto the Excellence Board. Can you find it here? Year 4 continued to work on the date, this week talking about the date of their birthday as well as various Saint's Days.

5SG and 5MA continued to grapple with the time. They completed a Tarsia through which they discovered that to say minutes past the hour you use 'y' meaning and, and to say minutes to the hour you sue 'menos' which means minus. The two teams who completed their Tarsia first are pictured here.

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And year 6, despite having quite a short lesson this week, managed to produce some lovely work on what you can and can't do in the town. I particularly liked Amelie's colour coordinated work which uses conjunctions and negatives, and the clever use of an adjective in the piece of work on the left makes it stand out from the rest. 

However, there were so many excellent ideas that here are some further examples!

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Make sure that you've read the news about the OneThirdStories competition that was published earlier this week, and also the news about the eTwinning tree story writing competition. Señora Stevens has already received a lovely story from Ruby but would love to receive lots more. They will all be shared with the partner schools so even if your story is not the one chosen to be written in the travelling book, it will be read all over Europe!

Can you write the story of this tree?

Whitehouse Common is part of an eTwinning project with schools across Europe based on trees. One of the major activities of eTwinning Trees is creating a book of stories about siginficant trees in the neighbourhood of each participating school.  We have chosen to write a story about the oak tree that stands outside the Willows.

oak tree
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This tree is over 300 years and, in assembly last week, Señora Stevens encouraged the children to imagine what the tree might have witnessed. Anyone who would like the opportunity is invited to write a short story about the tree. It could be about the oak tree's life, or about an episode from it. It could have the tree as narrator or someone else could tell the story.  



Entries close at 3.30pm on Tuesday 9th February and can be handed in to KS2 Language Leaders or Señora Stevens. Please make sure that they are named! We will also need an illustrator for our story in the book so look out for another post soon. 

OneThirdStories competition - the results are in!

FullSizeRender 1 Before Christmas Whitehouse Common Primary School teamed up with young entrepreneurs from One Third Stories to get children engaged in foreign languages and creative writing. Señora Stevens and the Language Leaders asked pupils to come up with ideas to continue a story about a girl who had lost her words that would start in English and end in Spanish. KS2 pupils really enjoyed using their imaginations, producing all sorts of amazing ideas. Señora Stevens was very pleased to send off over 35 entries and the organisers tweeted us over Christmas to say that they enjoyed reading our entries.


The results have been eagerly awaited and tonight OneThirdStories tweeted the winner. Unfortunately, none of our entries was the overall winner, but we were awarded a prize for some top entries that just missed out. ¡Muy bien hecho! to everyone who took the time to enter. 

We're told that there is a new competition about to launch on the same website for parents and children. Have a look at and watch this blog for more news!

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