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Lo que recordamos en español (Otoño 2017)

spanishEvery class in KS2 has had their first Spanish lesson of the year this week, and Señora Stevens has been impressed by the enthusiasm shown and attention paid.

Year 3 were extremely excited to share what they already knew, and enjoyed asking our two resident experts questions about Spain and Spanish.

 

Year 4 took on the Tarsia Challenge in their first lesson, trying to arrange small triangles to make one large equilateral triangle by matching items of vocabulary they had learned last year. Well done to the first team to complete the challenge by collaborating effectively and assigning roles to each team member!  Y4tarsia

Year 5 were treated to one of Señora Stevens' original songs to learn members of the family, joining in exuberantly (possibly in an attempt to drown out her) and all demonstrating that they could not only recognise 8 new items of vocabulary but also classify another 20 based on their new knowledge. ¡Bien hecho 5MW, 5MM and 5CE!

Year 6 this year are already showing signs of being SPaG superstars, and not just in English. They made short work of defining and explaining the definite and indefinite article in English, and made connections to their previous learning in Spanish to work out that there are 4 definite and 4 indefinite articles in Spanish, dependent on whether a noun is masculine or feminine, singular or plural. We'll see if they remember it all when we return to the subject after Howtown...

Here's looking forward to another year of excelencia en español at WCPS.

Celebrating technology in language learning

Señora Stevens is often invited to speak at conferences about language learning and international work in primary schools, and always enjoys sharing what we do at Whitehouse Common Primary. Last week she was in Warrington delivering a keynote about the use of technology to engage and enhance primary language teaching and learning. Before she went, she challenged Y3 and Y6 to create work that she could share using a number of apps and websites.

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Year 3 used Pic Collage on the iPads to create posters giving advice in Spanish about healthy eating, and saved them to a Padlet so that we could share them. There were some excelelnt posters created, especially as some pupils only had 20 minutes as they had a swimming lesson. You can see them all here and well done to Lucy and Logan (3CC) and Lily and Darcy (3MW) who featured in Señora Stevens' presentation.

 

6lc adobe6LC on the other hand were challenged to use Adobe Spark Video to create mini movies using the silly sentences that they had written the previous week, practising their grammar as well as writing and speaking skills. As an added challenge, they used Autodraw, which is a web tool that changes your drawings into copyright free icons/clipart that can be used freely in such projects. (You can find out more about AutoDraw here) There were some very amusing mini movies created; Señora Stevens particularly enjoyed the ones that showed imagination!

We're really proud of the work that our pupils do in languages and international links, and it's great to share and celebrate their efforts and achievements with others on a national (and sometimes even international!) stage! 

 

 

Lo que hicimos en español (Verano 3 y 4)

Time for another update on some of the Spanish learning at Whitehouse Common over the last couple of weeks.

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Year 4 came to the end of their unit on describing their faces during which they grappled with the whole idea that not only is word order different in Spanish with adjectives following nouns, but that adjectives also agree (that means they change their ending) with the nouns they describe in number and gender. Big concepts and tricky to grasp, but all Y4 adopted a Growth Mindset and used their BLP skills, persevering and continuing to revise their understanding until they were ready to show their new knowledge by designing and describing a monster face. 

 

Year 3 last week asked and answered the question ¿Te gusta? using fruit and vegeatble vocabulary. They're such enthusiastic learners and mastered answering the question pretty quickly so we practiced asking too which is harder. Some of them were so enthusiastic they became the teacher and asked their classmates their opinions, demanding excellent pronunciation and correct use of me gusta (for singular items like el berro - cress) and me gustan (for plural items like los pepinos - cucumbers) There was a definite difference of opinion over las judías (green beans) with half saying Me gustan las judías and half saying No me gustan las judías but the verdict was virtually unanimous on las fresas!

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verbs2017 Y6 were also giving opinions last week as part of their work on verb infinitives. Having survived their SATs they were in need of 'something completely different' so out came the ink pads and felt tips as they made finger print pictures, named the characters and wrote about what they liked to do. As you can see, lots of imaginative use of fingerprints as well as some amusing sentences. They all seemed to enjoy the task, they all followed the instructions to keep one finger for each colour (Sra Stevens was adamant about not mixing up the colours!) and some even foudn great joy in being given a baby wipe to clean their fingers at the end!

 

News on Y5's lessons soon, as well as more news from Y3 who are making "sandwich' books next week. 

Lo que hicimos en español (Primavera)

Before the Easter holidays, Year 3 and Year 6 put their creative as well as linguistic skills to the test. As they came to the end of their units, they completed an assessment to show what they had learned.

Year 3 had been using the items in their pencil cases to identify the gender of nouns, deciding if they are masculine or feminine, and had also been learning how to use a bilingual dictionary. To demonstrate all these skills, they read a story called ¿Qué veo? about a bear who could see lots of things but couldn't be seen as he was hiding. Each child used a bilingual dictionary to rewrite the story and wrote their own minibook. They enjoyed it so much that they wanted to take their stories home so we took photographs of them for their books and the minibooks should be home ready to be shared by now.

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Year 6 had been working on placs in their town this half term and pulled together all their work on adjectives, conjunctions and qualifiers to write a paragraph that they then wrote on a triarama with a town backdrop. Some excellent and imaginative work was produced and we're going to display themon the wall like a road of town centres!

 

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Żaruś at Whitehouse Common

zarus SpanishFor the last few weeks, Whitehouse Common has been playing host to a friendly moose from Poland called Żaruś. He follows on from Nalle, Beef and Annie as one of the Magic Mascots in our eTwinning project. Żaruś arrived with his own suitcase and gifts for us of a Tshirt, a beach ball, a pencil and a set of tools for gardening. During his stay, Żaruś has visited classrooms, been on playdates and even went to the cross country finals (although it was too wet to come out of his bag!) He's also been helping in the vegetable patch, had a look at the Easter egg decorating competition (he ran away before Mr Horne saw him!) and watched the Easter bonnet parade from amongst the prizes. 

It's time for Żaruś to move on again now, and we await the arrival of our final mascot visitor of the year. 

Do widzenia Żaruś!

 

 

 

 

 

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