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An avalanche of Christmas cards!

card tree optTwo of the eTwinning projects in which Whitehouse Common Primary are participating lead to an avalanche of post  in the school office in December. About 40 envelopes, big and small, arrived from all over Europe, all containing at least one handmade Christmas card. Some contained multiple cards, other schools enclosed beautifully written accounts of Christmas in their country whilst still more contained small gifts such as badges, tiles, stickers and book marks.

Being chosen to open one of the envelopes in class was cause of great excitement, and the volunteers who helped Sra Stevens to display the bulk of the cards were overjoyed that they were allowed to open so many.

 

You'll find out more about the Green Kids project in the next week or so, but the project that brought the most cards was How's Your Christmas? This project included 51 schools across 19 countries exchanging Christmas greetings. Due to some schools considering 51 cards too many to send, there was a smaller list of 8 schools and a longer list of 43 schools. Whitehouse Common was on the longer list and at the start of December, Y3-5 all produced a Christmas card to be sent to another school in another country. And then we waited!

Sra Stevens made a map of the schools involved so that we could track the cards. Below is a screenshot of the map as it currently is (we received another card today!) and if you click this link you can zoom in and out for more detail. 

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How to ensure that everyone could see the cards was a concern and, if you attended one of the Christmas concerts in the Oaks building,  you may have seen that we 'borrowed' the Achievement Tree in the Hall. Below is a video to give you an idea of the number and variety of greetings were fortunate to receive. All the cards are now in the process of being grouped and filed in a big book ready for display.  

eTwinning projects 2018-19

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Whitehouse Common has been involved in eTwinning since 2007; we've even won a national award for one of our projects! In case you didn't know, eTwinning is a free online community for schools in Europe which allows you to find partners and collaborate on projects within a secure network and platform. Schools communicate with one another via a Twinspace, and also by post or sometimes via Skype. Projects can last a few months or a whole year, and each one receives a National Quality Mark if it meets the criteria on the UK NSS.

This year, Whitehouse Common are involved in 4 projects!

1. How's your Christmas? 

2. Green Kids

3. Travelling Toys 

4. Let's travel with our mascot.

Over the next week, keep an eye on the school newsletter and also the website for new from our projects.

Remembrance Day in our Spanish lessons.

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In Spanish lessons in Y5 and 6 this week we have marked Remembrance Day by  briefly looking at some Spanish history and then considering peace.

Spain was not involved in WW1 or WW2 and does not celebrate Remembrance Day as a national event.  We began by discussing what Remembrance Day is about, and I asked what they thought Spain’s role was in the World Wars. It was a good opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about who was and wasn’t involved! I then went on to talk a little about the Spanish Civil War in the most basic terms. We talked about the difference between a monarchy and a republic, discussed what an economic depression is and about why the Nationalists might have revolted. We looked at the painting Guernica by Picasso (as they are familiar with him) and learned about that particular episode. It was supposed to be a quick resume of what happened as one of the reasons why Spain weren’t involved (one of the pupils suggested ‘They had no one to send to fight; they’d all killed each other!’) but the pupils were really interested and wouldn’t stop asking questions.

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The second part of the lesson was about peace; poppies help us remember those who died in conflicts, but also remind us of man’s folly, how we should learn from the past and seek a peaceful future. Y5 had slightly longer lessons than Y6 so we were able to do an extra activity. Señora Stevens read the poem above about peace then everyone joined in. Y5 talked with their partners what they thought the poem might be about and why, using all clues like the illustrations and cognates to help them. We discussed together what it meant then read it once more in groups. Y5 stuck the poem in their books and wrote a couple of sentences about what they had learned before moving on the final activity. 

We looked at the word PEACE in as many languages as we could find; we were amused to see that the word for peace in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish is fred!  Pupils were given a poppy outline and they decorated the poppies with the word peace in languages of their choice as a demonstration of their wish for peace in our world; whilst our country is not at war currently, there are many in the world that are in a state of conflict. We discussed the meaning of different coloured poppies – the most well known red, purple for animals and white for peace and to recall all victims of war (Señora Stevens has since found out about black poppies from this video)  We also learned that in France people wear bleuets for Remembrance Day, cornflowers which also grew in the fields of France. Pupils kept these colours in mind as they decorated.

Here are some of the poppies they designed (top and below). Beautiful, aren't they?

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The Great International Bake Off videos

As promised, here are the videos showing all the cakes and bakes that were entered in The Great International Bake Off competition last month. I'm sure you'll agree that the variety and quality of the baking was stunning. 

All winners have now been congratulated in assembly, and all participants have received their certificates, special stickers and mini book.

 

Celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity - Day 7

man 2814937 1920 optIn Y6 RE in the summer term, there is a series of lessons about the beauty of words. When Sra. Stevens teaches this, she obviously gives it a languages twist and shares some beautiful words from other languages to discuss. There are many words that are untranslateable as a single word, requiring several or even several sentences to explain. This article lists 38 and there are a few favourites below drawn from this article. Do you have any favourite words that come from other languages? 

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Goya

(n) the suspension of disbelief that occurs in good storytelling; a story that feels like reality.

Urdu

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Ubuntu

(n) the belief that we are defined by our compassion and kindness to others

Nguni (South Africa)

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Waldeinsamkeit

(n) the feeling of being alone in the woods

German.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tsundoku

(n) the act of buying a book and leaving it unread, often piled together with other unread books

Japanese

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