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Spanish at home


As promised here are some ideas of how you can carry on your Spanish learning at home. It's lovely to hear that some of you have already been doing some Spanish! ¡Bien hecho Ruby y Sophie!

You can send anything you produce to your class Showbie and your teacher can pass it on to me, or you could ask an adult to tweet it to @whcps, or send it to our school enquiry email address and it'll get to me that way. 

Most of all, stay happy and safe, and keep smiling. I miss you all very much. ¡Hasta pronto!

Sra Stevens xx


1. Explore a map of Spain. Use your knowledge of Spanish to practice saying the names of the cities. Can you find the names of rivers, mountains, seas and other geographical features? I know Y3 are really good at this as they've just been looking at it in their geography lessons! 

Then try and find some maps IN SPANISH, for example, this one. Make a list of country names in Spanish and then add the English word next to it. If you speak another language, you could add the name in that language too. And it's not just country names that are sometimes different. On that map, can you find the name for London in Spanish? What about Moscow and Stockholm, Tokyo and Rome?

2. Where is Spanish spoken? Not just in Spain! Find out where in the world you would find Spanish speakers. Find the countries on a world map. Why do these countries speak Spanish? Can you find out how they got their names? Make a country factfile with details of famous places, people, animals, sports, physical features, important events in history, festivals...

3. Have a go at the British Council Spanish Language Challenge - click here to download. And when you’ve tried the Spanish one, you could try another language - French   Arabic   German   Welsh or Mandarin. And if you speak another language or would like to explore a different one, why not download the blank one and make your own?

There are suggestions of helpful websites under Curriculum - Subjects - Spanish - Parents but here are a few favourites -

For activities, songs and games:

Digital dialects -

Rockalingua (NB some things are paid but plenty of free songs, games and worksheets!)

Spanish Games

Calico Spanish Kids

For stories :

Spanish Fairy Tales

BookBoxSpanish and BookBoxInc if you’d like to explore more languages.

RadioLingua has offered free access to some of its excellent resources for the next 3 months. The HighFiveSpanish would be the place to start but you could also learn some French or even have a go at some other languages with the One Minute..videos.

Babelzone have also offered their resources for free for the next 3 months. If you want to log in, use the school initials (4 letters) and the password is the colour in our name plus the 2 digit number in our postcode! You can use the Spanish resources but also the French ones so Y6 could start getting ready for September and their new language adventures! 


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Let's Go Cultural at home!

final logoHello! Hallo!  ¡Hola! Yia sou and Merhaba

I hope that you're all safe. well and happy at home, exercising with Joe Wicks, dancing with Oti, enjoying story time with David Walliams and of course keeping up with your activities sent by your class teachers.

I thought you might like some ideas of how we can carry on with our Let's Go Cultural! project whilst we're not physically at school, so here are some suggestions. You can send anything you produce to your class Showbie and your teacher can pass it on to me, or tweet it, or send it to our school enquiry email address and it'll get to me that way. 

Most of all, stay happy and safe, and keep smiling. 

Sra Stevens xx

PS Spanish will follow tomorrow! And watch out for photos and videos of our exciting project week in school!

1. Did you enjoy our Erasmus+ visitors being here? What did you do and learn while our visitors were here? What was your favourite memory? You could write a thank you letter or a recount, or record yourself dancing or talking about your experiences.

2. Find out about famous monuments in Austria, Spain, Greece and Turkey, and in particular in Styria, Cartagena, Elefsina and Istanbul.

3. Festivals and celebrations – explore festivals that are celebrated in our partner countries throughout the year. Do we celebrate them too? Are they similar to a festival we celebrate? How are they celebrated? Food? Dance? Music? What about festivals we celebrate?

Kendama opt4. The next phase of our project looks at traditional games and pastimes. Why not find out about traditional games played in England/the United Kingdom.

Talk to your older relatives (or write them a letter!) – what did they play as children? What toys did they have?

What games were played at breaktime in the past?

What equipment did they need?

You could make some posters or even a video to explain what you discover!

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5. Traditional tales and stories from England as well as our partner countries are also something we’ll be looking at. Have a look for some stories that originate from Spain, Austria, Greece and Turkey. You could retell them using a storyboard, or even act them out!

6. Check out the project blog to see what our partner schools have been learning about too!

There are suggestions above but there are lots of other things you could explore about our partner countries. Geography, history, art, famous people and much more!

Have fun! 


International School Award presentation

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On Tuesday we were very privileged to receive a visit from John Rolfe MBE representing the British Council to present our International School Award. 

The International School Award rewards schools that have shown a commitment to embedding international awareness and understanding within their class or school. 
We have been awarded the International School Award three times now, in recognition of our outstanding work on international themes, in collaboration with schools across Europe and around the world, as well as within our school and local community. Every time it gets harder to achieve as you have to show how you have built on your previous activities. In addition you have to show how you have inspired others and acted as mentors for them on their international journey.

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During the special assembly on Tuesday, Señora Stevens shared some of the many activities that we carried out last year that helped us gain this recognition:

  • The Great International Bake Off
  • International Challenge
  • Celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity week
  • Belonging week (based on the book Belonging by Jeannie Baker)
  • Celebrating Remembrance and El Día de Paz - multilingual thank yous
  • our eTwinning projects, Let's travel with our mascot and Toys the Travellers
  • How's your Christmas? which saw over 200 Christmas cards from around Europe adorning our tree
  • Green Kids, an eTwinning project for which we won an eTwinning Quality Label and were highly commended at the National eTwinning prize giving
  • Celebrating languages - both in classes with Y1 searching out students at the school with linguistic talents and asking them questions, and also in our special Language Celebration assembly
  • Hands of the World project for which we won a National AND a European Quality Label, and a National eTwinning Prize - singing in Makaton with schools across the world, learning a Makaton phrase each week and beginning to exchange postcards too.
  • World Book Day - KS2 learned to tell the story Querido Zoo (Dear Zoo) in Spanish and Makaton and then some of them went to FKS/KS1 and told it to them.

You can find out about all of these events and activities by looking back through the school website and the Spanish blog in particular over the last year.

We also looked at how we are continuing our international work through our link with Montessori School Cape Coast, the next phase of the Hands of the World project, and of course, our Erasmus+ project, Let's Go Cultural!IMG 4418 opt

John Rolfe congratulated us on receiving the ISA for the 3rd time, and on our successes in gaining our quality labels and awards which are very hard to achieve. He also shared how Whitehouse Common are used as an example of good practice in International work, and thanked us for all our hard work to celebrate the richness of experience gained from sharing our similarities and learning from our differences.

We thank him for travelling from London just to visit us and join in our celebration!

Mr Horne now has lots of plaques to put up - watch out for them on a wall near you in the near future!

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Autumn Term Spanish exploits!

spanishAt the end of the Autumn Term it seems right to look back and share some of the highlights of our Spanish learning.

Year 3 have begun their formal learning of Spanish with great enthusiasm, demonstrating that they already know some Spanish and that they are ready to learn more. They're brilliant at answering questions about themselves,  love speaking games including Find your partner, and our catching skills are improving as the squishy ball comes out most lessons to help us take turns! Taking part in rhymes and stories has also been a hit, and in the lad up to Christmas they enjoyed acting out the story of El Pequeño Petirrojo as you can see below!


Year 4 began the year comparing the days of the week in other languages and using the story La Oruga Muy Hambrienta to learn the days of the week and revise opinions. They then changed the caterpillar to a monster and wrote the story of El Monstruo Hambriento using a bilingual dictionary to find out suitable vocabulary for a mosnter to eat - very imaginative ideas they had too! They are now confident to write the date in Spanish and Señora Stevens will be looking for this in their books from now onwards!

Year 5 have focussed on talking about families, imaginary and real, and wrote some wonderful descriptions of families using singular and plural verb forms. They also enjoyed the story of El Nabo Enorme, using Talk for Writing to memorise it and then rewriting it with their own vegetable and characters. They also enjoyed acting it out with props - some budding thespians were certainly discovered!

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Year 6 have worked on talking about sports this term and they concluded the term by writing a letter about their sporting likes and dislikes as well as those of friends and family, presenting it on a Lego person. Photos of that to follow as they're not quite finished..

And we mustn't forget KS1 where the chidlren ahve also been learning some Spanish, and it's not just the children who have been learning as you can see below!


Looking forward the Spring Term, we're very excited that we will be having visitors from Spain in March and will have an opportunity to show off our Spanish skills!

Now it's European! Another eTwinning Quality Label for Whitehouse Common!

Last week Señora Stevens received an email from the Central Support Service of eTwinning. 

Congratulations! Your school has been awarded the European Quality Label for the excellence of  the work in the eTwinning project "Hands Of The World". This means that your work, the work of your students and your school have been recognised at the highest European level.

This is an amazing achievement and one of which we should all be incredibly proud. 
And that's another certificate to add to our collection!

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