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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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National eTwinning Awards for Whitehouse Common

Sra S QL optOver the 2018-19 academic year, Whitehouse Common was part of several eTwinning projects. You may have followed the progress of some of them on Twitter and the school newsletter.

At the start of term, we received news that two of them had been awarded a National Quality Label.

eTwinning Quality Labels are granted to teachers with excellent eTwinning projects. They indicate that the project has reached a certain national and European standard. This means that we are now eligible for a European Quality Label which is very prestigious and hard to achieve. This is very exciting news!

The projects awarded were Green Kids, a project in which chidlren looked at the ecological problems facing our world through the eyes of Green Kid, a character they created, and considered how they could combat and avoid damaging our planet, and Hands of the World, a collaboration originating from Sharon Tonner-Saunders of the University of Dundee that saw children around the world singing and signing in Makaton as well as learning a phrase of the week.

At the end of September, Señora Stevens attended the UK National eTwinning Conference and was overjoyed when Green Kids was Highly Commended in the National eTwinning Awards, and then ecstatic when Hands of the World won a National eTwinning Award. She came home with 4 plaques to be displayed at school so, along with the one for the International School Award which we will receive soon, that'll be FIVE plaques or certificates that we need to find space for! Well done to everyone involved in the projects, especially last year's 5MM for their singing and signing and 4CC for their 'phrase of the week' work for Hands of the World, and 5AG who illustrated and write many of the collaborative stories for Green Kids. However, the awards are for everyone as all classes contributed to one or other project through their PSHE, through assembly, or simply by being interested and encouraging us!

I'm very proud of you all. Señora Stevens

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Reflections on language learning

language tree optSeñora Stevens asked the 2019 Language Leaders team for their thoughts on language learning. To help them, she posed some questions. Below are their thoughts:

 

Why did you volunteer to be a Language Leader?

I volunteered to be a Language Leader because I love learning languages; when I go on holiday I like showing off how I know how to speak the language. (RM)

I wanted to find out more about languages as they’re fun. (PS)

I volunteered as a Language Leader because I like learning how other people communicate. (AT)

I wanted to represent the school. (IH)

I thought it would be fun! (JS/SLG)

I volunteered because languages make me happy. (RS)

I wanted to explore the different languages and how to speak them (JJ)

I volunteered because I like to learn languages (AK)

I volunteered because I wanted to try something new (LD)

 

What do you like about languages?

I like speaking languages – it makes me feel proud! (GG)

It makes countries different (LD)

I like how other people talk and I don’t understand them. (AT)

I like that if you learn a language, you can communicate and understand people that speak other languages. (LE)

I like the sounds you make and how you spell words in other languages (JJ)

I like that different countries have different ways of communicating. (RM)

When I speak languages it makes me feel….. (RS)

It’s fun to learn! (IH/NH)

I like that everyone’s language is unique (PS)

I find them interesting, (JS/SLG)

When you go on holiday you can speak that language. (AK)

 

What do you find hard? What do you do when it’s hard?

When it’s hard, I practice what to say and find someone who already speaks that language to help. (JJ)

When it’s hard I just practice! (IH)

I find remembering the language hard. (LE)

Phonics and pronunciation can be tricky! (LD)

I sometimes find pronouncing words hard but I don’t give up as I have an open mindset. (GG)

When I find it hard I do some chants to help me remember (PS)

Sometimes I find writing hard so I ask for help. (SLG)

As a Language Leader I find it hard to choose the award winners! (AK)

I found writing my application letter for Language Leader hard! (NH)

 

Do you know any languages other than English? How did you learn them?

I know Arabic, Urdu Spanish and a bit of French! (IH)

I know Punjabi and Spanish – Punjabi from home and Spanish from school. (GG)

I know Hindi as my family speak it at home but I sometimes feel embarrassed speaking it in front of my friends. (RM)

I know how to introduce myself in French. (AT)

I know some Italian as we go on holiday there (LD)

My parents speak Tamil and I listen to them (JJ)

I know Urdu because I speak it at home (RS)

I know some Italian as my grandma was born in Italy (AK)

 

Do you enjoy learning Spanish?

A resounding yes!

I love Spanish – especially with Señora Stevens! I like that it has masculine and feminine! (RM)

I enjoy Spanish because my family go on holiday to Spain some years. (AT)

I like Spanish; I like how you have masculine and feminine and can explore how to decide which gender nouns have. (JJ)

I find learning Spanish with the great Señora Stevens really fun and interesting. (PS)

 

What would make language learning even better for you?

I could practice harder! (IH)

I’d like to learn some useful questions for the future; for example, how to ask for a cupcake in Italian. (AT)

I’d like to learn another language! (JS)

To do more mindmaps and diagrams to help me remember words (SLG)

I’d like to learn more languages and the differences between them. (LE)

Comparing more languages – for example hello is Vanakam in Tamil and Hola in Spanish (JJ)

I’d like to learn some gymnastics words as I love gymnastics (AK)

I think visiting the country would be a great idea! (LD)

If once a week we could read a story in a different language in assembly (PS)

 

Thank you to all the Language Leaders for your thoughts and ideas!

LANGUAGE LEADER

Green Kids - eTwinning project

childrenGreen optAs we approach the end of the school year, our eTwinning projects are drawing to a close too, particularly as many schools across Europe have already broken up for the summer!

At Christmas we reported that we had created and exchanged Christmas cards with schools involved in the Green Kids project (as well as others as part of a Christmas card project) However, the main thrust of the project was around safeguarding our environment so we really should report on what we're been doing in collaboration with schools in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Serbia, France and Greece. 

The project:

Green Kid´s a super hero who tries to save the Earth. He´ll teach children how to be Green Kids. 

The aims of the project are:
1. To create awareness about environmental issues and actions that can be taken for its protection.
2. To improve digital and communicative skills.
3. To promote creativity.

During the project schools firstly designed and voted on a Green Kid logo. then they considered an aspect of the environment each month, creating a collaborative storybook on each topic including trees, endangered species, pollution and the problem of plastic. Each school wrote their own story and they were all collated in one online storybook via Storyjumper. Alongside this, pupils from each school found out about the topics and shared their ideas on the Twinspace. You can see it here. We also thought about our role in the future of our world and predicted what would happen if we take care of it.

All the work that we've done at Whitehouse Common on each of the themes (and others!) has been uploaded to the Padlet you can view by clicking here, or by reading the QR code below with a mobile device. I'm sure you'll agree that the children of WCPS know plenty about their role in our world and that the future is safe in their hands!

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Languages Celebration Assembly

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On Thursday afternoon, KS2 gathered in the Oaks Hall to celebrate Languages. 28 children bravely volunteered to share their language skills with their peers as we were treated to songs in French, Spanish and Makaton, a poem in Polish, a German tongue twister, a joke in Latin and children introduced themselves in Burmese, Sinhala, Tamil, Turkish, Punjabi, Italian, Hindi and French. The assembly concluded with the poem about languages below that was written especially for the occasion by S-L in Y4. 

It was lovely to see the children celebrating languages that they know and love, whether because they speak them on a daily basis or know them via family, holidays or clubs. It was also good to consider the importance of communciation, through languages both spoken and signed, to ensure inclusion and a sense of belonging. 

Thank you to all those who participated. 

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In case you can't read the poem:
LANGUAGES

There are so many languages; I can't count there's so much.

There's Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, African and Dutch.

There are so many languages 

In this world

But very few of them have I been told.

There's Spanish and French

I'm sure,

And Dutch, Maori and many more.

There are so many languages, every one is unique.

There are so many languages about which we can all speak.

 

 

 

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