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Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Primavera 2)

This week Year 4 have been putting together their work on days of the week, months of the year and numbers to learn how to say and write the full date in Spanish. They began the lesson with two activities to help them revise their previous learning.

Firstly they were given a Tarsia puzzle that involved matching English and Spanish words and phrases.

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Then they used the 'Tesoro o Basura' boards to sort words into categories: 'los días de la semana son el tesoro; las otras palabras son la basura.'Jill trashandtreasure

Then they learned that you write the date using the same word order as you would in English:

"Today is Friday the 15th of January" becomes 'Hoy es viernes, el quince de enero.' 

Year 4 also noted that days of the week and months of the year do not have capital letters in Spanish, and that the date uses cardinal not ordinal numbers as we do in English, apart from on the first of the month which is 'el primero.'


In Year 2 we had a noisy time being zoo animals and answering the question ¿Quién soy?, and Year 6 rose to the challenge of finding information in short Spanish texts about places and buildings in the town. Year 5 finished their work on family and pets by writing about animals that they may (or may not!) own. Lots of imagination in evidence and very exciting to see learners using words, structures and knowledge from previous work to make their writing more interesting.

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We received news via a tweet that OneThirdStories have enjoyed reading our entries into their Spanish story writing competition, and we await news of the results.

Next week there will be news of a new eTwinning project and the Language Leaders will be meeting on Thursday to talk about language learning at Whitehouse Common. If you have any ideas, please pass them on to your class Language Leader (KS2) or Señora Stevens.

¡Hasta la semana que viene!

Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Primavera 1)

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! 

It was lovely to see so many smiling faces in Spanish lessons this week and very pleasing that, after a bit of thought, we remembered what we'd been doing before the holidays.

Year 6 had been working on verbs before the holidays, identifying the infinitive of the verb. They remembered that Spanish verb infinitives end with -ar, -er or -ir, and that this is the word you find in the dictionary. This week they were working on making sentences with infinitives. Using ink pads and their fingers to make fingerprints, the pupils created characters and then decided on a name and something that the character liked to do before writing sentences using Me llamo... (My name is...) and Me gusta ... (I like...) There are some examples below. Señora Stevens was particularly impressed with Hannah who decided to be ambitious and challenge herself by using a negative sentence about what a character did NOT enjoy doing. ¡Fantástico Hannah!

Hannah fingerprint Spanish


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Señora Stevens is teaching Spanish in year this term and 2DH enjoyed singing about El granjero, joining in with animal noises as well as beginning to learn the names of some jungle animals whilst 2MW enjoyed singing Venid a ver mi granja and playing a game with Tigre.

Year 4 focused on the months of the year and asked each other ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? to conduct a survey about birthdays. (Mi cumpleaños es en octubre if anyone wondered!) They enjoyed singing this song once more, although we did have to work on our pronunciation of agOsto and octUbre. 

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Year 5 have been working on Las mascotas (pets) and this week played Hundir la flota (Battleships) to practise asking and answering questions about how many pets they might have. Lots of Spanish was spoken and it was amusing to see the tactics pupils had to stop their partner seeing their card!

Next week in Spanish one year group will be using a Padlet to find information, another will be having 'una carnaval de animales' and one more will be using their imagination.  


Competition closed and entries posted!

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After a final check with the Language Leaders that we'd collected them all, the entries for the OneThirdStories story competition were counted, copied (just in case!) and put in a big envelope. Then after school Señora Stevens went to the Post Office and sent them off to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Fingers crossed that one is successful! 

Thank you for using your imagination; I know that OneThirdStories will be impressed. They tweeted us to say that they were looking forward to our entries, as did the Post Office who commented on the excellent colouring.

Spanish advent calendar

Pupils have been enjoying opening the doors on the Spanish advent calendar each day and following the story.  Will Papá and Mamá Noel survive the visit of their naughty 'nietos' and will everything be ready for Christmas? And will all the cheeky puffins be found? It's specially deisgned for schools so there are no doors at the weekends and it concludes on viernes, el dieciocho de diciembre, just as we break up. 


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[Click here] to view the calendar. You can also read - and hear - the story in French and German by going to the main site.

Have you entered the story competition?

Last week our Language Leaders presented a competiton to their class mates that involves languages and storytelling. Run by One Third Stories, the competition is open to any primary aged pupil who could win prizes for themselves as well as the school if successful.

The blurb says:

We want to get children everywhere excited speaking foreign languages. That’s why we’re asking for their help making a storybook that makes learning a new language simple and fun in our new competition.

All the children have to do is read the story so far, decide what should happen next, and send us their ideas. Oh, and draw us a picture of course. 

The most creative idea will be in the final book with the student who made it credited as one of the authors. They’ll also win a pack of fun language games and activities.

The story so far features a (Spanish speaking) girl and a cat who are caught in a storm that blows away the girl's words. A blue teapot is the first character to help her recover some words that include tetera, azul and gracias. You can view it story here

The children have to decide who will be the next character who will help the girl, and which Spanish words might be recovered. The entry form asks for a drawing of the girl, the cat and the new character, and then a brief summary of the next part of the story including at least three Spanish words. This doesn't have to rhyme and doesn't have to be written completely in Spanish!

Pupils have until Thursday 10th December to complete their entries which should be returned to their class Language Leader or Señora Stevens. (If anyone in Foundation or KS1 wants to enter, return the form to your class teacher.)

You can find out more details and download the story and an entry form from the OneThirdStories website; click here for details. 

There are prizes for the winners as well as their school, and there is also a prize for the school with the most entries! So let your imaginations run wild!


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