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Language Awards - Summer 2016

lang cert optWhen Señora Stevens asked the KS2 Language Leaders for their thoughts on Language Learning and how they'd like to make an impact on the school, they were unanimous in wanting a Language Award. They were also passionate that it should not necessarily be awarded to the best person at Spanish but to someone that is a "good language learner". They picked out some of the characteristics that they thought met this criteria:

  • has a go even if they're not sure.
  • tries hard even when they find it tricky.
  • shows enthusiasm in class.
  • learns languages out of lesson times.
  • encourages other people to use other languages.

Having asked Mrs Allen if they could carry out their plan, the first Language Awards were presented at the end of June. 

Children in Reception to Year 2 were treated to some Polish poems and a Bulgarian song from special guests Stan, Oscar and James in their special assembly, and Ruby and Freya handed out certificates to the inaugural award winners.

Years 3 to 6 enjoyed poems, songs and conversations in French, Spanish, German, Punjabi, Urdu, Japanese, Italian, Arabic and Hindi during their assembly as 3CC and 3JH showed off their linguistic talents in the additonal part of our 'We smile in the same language' celebration. During this assembly each Language Leader gave out the award to the classmate that they had chosen, explaining why they had been chosen. Reasons included 'he always joins in with great enthusiasm', 'Spanish is not their favourite subject but they always give 100%' and 'they listen really well and ask good questions.' 

Each prize winner received a certificate designed by Rohan, one of the Language Leaders, and a special Spanish pencil. 

¡Enhorabuena George, Florence, Sonny, Lyla, Grace, Kai, Jake, Jacob, Oliver, Toby, Hollyanne, James, Eddie, Oliver and Jack! 

The next Language Awards will be awarded just after October half term in the new school year (and Señora Stevens will remember to take photographs this time!)

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"We all smile in the same language" assembly



smile assembly

On Thursday 26th May, KS2 assembly went multilingual. The intention was to celebrate languages, not just Spanish which is the language that we learn as a school. 

We had contributions in French, Spanish, Greek, Punjabi, Tamil, Bulgarian, Polish, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese from pupils in Years 3 to 6. It was especially lovely to hear children showing off their home / heritage languages or choose to share a language that means something to them, and for other children who spoke the same language to be able to translate for the rest of the hall! There was lots of variety with poems, tongue twisters, conversations, vocab lists and even some very brave children who sang in front of the whole of KS2. The staff were very proud of them all, and everyone in the hall clapped enthusiastically after each contribution.


In fact, it was such a special assembly and so many people wanted to share that we ran out of time to hear and see everyone who wanted to participate. Therefore, we're having a second installment featuring the volunteers from 3JH and 3EC as part of our assembly on Thursday 23rd June when the Language Leaders and Señora Stevens are presenting some special awards. 

Everyone who took part received house points, a certificate and a small prize. We're looking forward to further events that celebrate our diversity whilst remembering that we all smile in the same language.

And FKS1 are going to be treated to a few examples in their special language assembly on Tuesday 21st.

Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Verano 6 y 7)

A trip to Barcelona and a misplaced iPad (now found!) have delayed a report on Spanish for the two weeks before half term. However, as they say in Spanish, ¡más vale tarde que nunca!

Y4 had a 'wild' time creating hybrid animals and Y6 worked on regular -ar verbs, creating graphical representations of their conjugations whilst Y2 made minibooks and Y3 roleplayed shopping, but this time we'll focus on Y1 and Y5. 

hola playa

Year 1 have been working in topic lessons on 'the beach' and our Spanish lessons have had a similar theme. To finish off, we made mini books of a story called ¡Hola playa! and read them aloud to each other. 1AG showed very impressive pronunciation skills! We also sang a song about Diez pececitos. If you'd like to sing along too, here's the link!  

And in year 5, both 5MA and 5SG were tested on their ability to write without prompts and scaffolds using post its and grids of weather symbols and compass directions. In pairs, they were given 16 clues to weather phrases in picture form and were challenged to write the weather forecast sentences as accurately as possible. It's not as easy as it sounds as you need to forget your English phoneme/grapheme links and switch to Spanish ones; for example, what sounds like 'athay' with your English ears is written 'hace' in Spanish. Y5 enjoyed the challenge as you can see below, and decided that they quite liked this type of assessment! After half term, they're looking forward to becoming weather forecasters! 

5ma tiempo5sg tiempo


languages poemIn KS2 assembly a couple of weeks ago, we read this poem called Language(s) and reflected on how special and exciting it is that many of us speak more than one language, some of us on a daily basis. We thought about how language can be a barrier (that stops us communicating) but that it can - and should - be a bridge that takes us to exciting new places and opportunities. 

As part of the assembly, Señora Stevens introduced a tongue twister in Spanish and another in German, and some brave pupils had a go at saying them as fast as they could. They were quite impressive! At the end, there was a challenge and invitation to everyone to share something in a language other than English next time Señora Stevens did assembly.

So on Thursday 26th May, KS2 will be celebrating linguistic diversity in assembly with (hopefully!) lots of short examples of languages spoken by our school community in the form of poems, tongue twisters, story or song snippets or simply pupils introducing themselves in another language. Perfection is not needed, nor does it have to be a language that you speak every day; however,you do need to know what it is that you're saying!

The assembly will also include exciting news from our Language Leaders.

And FKS/KS1 won't miss out as Señora Stevens is doing their assembly this week and they'll have an opportunity to learn the same tongue twisters - and perhaps even a song!



Lo que aprendimos esta semana (Verano 4 y 5)

Bueno, what has been going on in Spanish in the middle of the term? This time we'll focus on Y1, Y2 and Y4! 

Y4 have working on body parts, descriptions and most recently, the names of animals in their Spanish lessons. This week they had to put all that together to understand and create riddles to discover the identities of animals. In order to remind themselves of the vocabulary, they worked in groups of three to create a domino loop, matching images with the relevant word in Spanish. Not only did they have to recall words but also work out a few items of unfamiliar vocabulary such as la cola and el cuerpo. It was very pleasing to see all four BLP skills in action with plenty of collaboration, reasoning, revising and absorption, and also a healthy amount of competition to be the first group to solve the puzzle. What's more, they had the additional challenge of doing it very quietly so they didn't disturb the children doing exams. ¡Bien hecho Y4! In the last lessons of the half term they'll be working on strange hybrid animals. Watch this space to see what happens when their imagination and their Spanish skills meet!



Y2 have been working for the last four weeks on the story Oso marrón ¿qué ves ahí? with some visitors from BCU. After a whole class start to the lesson, the children have enjoyed working in small groups with a teacher, learning the names for animals and colours before putting them together and recreating the story. They've used their listening skills to match what they hear to pictures, speaking skills as they joined in with the story and role played parts of it, reading skills as they put parts of the story back into order and writing skills as they filled in missing words in the text. Plus their pronunciation has been spot on! The visitors were very impressed and Señora Stevens was very proud of them all. And the pupils? Well, they enjoyed having so many teachers - "we learned really quickly because we didn't have to wait for help," said one and another "you get more goes to answer questions in a small group."



Over the last two weeks of term 2DH and 2MW will be writing their own individual stories based on Oso Marrón.

However, 2MW have also collected the work that they did with the visitors into books of work as you can see (right)

Some excellent drawing on display as well as some imaginative animal choices. I particularly liked the el zorro and el pterodáctilo.


¡Muchas gracias a nuestros profesores visitantes de 2DH, 2MW y la Señora Stevens!

2mw books

Finalmente 1AG have continued on their trip to la playa and having read the story of a little boy, Raúl, called En la playa, they are now experts at talking about the things with which they might play on the beach such as un cubo, una pala and una pelota. They completed an activity that involved labelling a picture in Spanish with some of these words, then colouring it in. The extension was to label the colours that they had chosen to use in Spanish. ¡Buen trabajo!

1ag label

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