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Our Greek partners go on a Bear Hunt!

Screenshot 2021 03 03 at 17 optOur Greek partners in Elefsina have sent us a message and a video!

"On 2nd April we celebrated the Children's book day in the Greek school with a book suggested by our British partner Señora Lisa Stevens at Whitehouse Common Primary.

We worked online on this activity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our 2nd grade students got really engaged in the plot and were attracted by its echomimetic language. Here is a video where they "retell" the story through their drawings!"

They also thought about how THEY would like the story to end. Some lovely ideas - they thought that the bear probably just wanted to play with them!

A dance challenge from our Austrian partners!

jerusalemaaustriaOur Austrian partners have been joining in with a worldwide dance craze. 

 

They sent us this message: 

“Dear  partners! 

Our school has taken part in the Jerusalema Dance Challenge! We would like to share the result of our project with you! Have fun!! 

Please share our video so we can send the massage of "being strong together" into the world!

Stay healthy and happy!

Yours VS WILDBACH

 

The Jerusalema dance has been recorded by people all over the world and, with the help of a drone, the staff and children at VS Wildbach have recorded a video of their version. You can see it below.  

It’s amazing - they’ve even got a dancing dog!

Has anyone in our school community had a go at the dance?

I’m sure our partners would love to know if you have so let Señora Stevens know.  

 

The Apple of Discord - a Greek myth

apple of discordDuring the Erasmus+ project meeting at Whitehouse Common last March, the Greek teachers were going to share a Greek myth with Reception. Not to be defeated by Covid19, they shared the lesson and materials with us and, almost a year to the week, Reception completed one of the planned activities. 

The apple of discord/ goddess Eris «ΤομήλοτηςΈριδας» tells the story of a wedding on Mount Olympus between Pileas and Thetis. Eris wasn't invited and was angry. She decided to scause trouble, leaving a golden apple onto a wedding table with a note: “To the prettiest goddess.” Three of the goddesses, Aphrodite, Athene and Ira started to fight as they all thought that they were the prettiest.Zeus asked paris to decide, and Aphrodite offered to help him marry Helen of Troy if she was given the apple. He gave it to her, and they kidnapped Helen. Unfortuanyely she was already married to King Menelaos who was very angry. And that, as the myth says, is how the Trojan war began.

Having read and listened to the story, Reception responded by drawing in an apple. Some of them drew their favourite parts from the myth whilst others summarised the whole myth with an drawing. 

Here's a video that showcases their work. 

 

 

Take [British] Art - Let's Go Cultural!

As we shared a few weeks ago, several year groups have been exploring the life and work of some artists from our Erasmus+ partner countries.

 

In the spirit of Tony Hart we wanted to celebrate and showcase their work, sharing it with a wider audience than their peers. So we've made some videos that we hope you'll enjoy. 

 

The children in the other schools in the project have been doing the same thing, and we hope to be able to share some of their work too in the near future. 

 

Our final video (for now) showcases the work done by Y1 finding out about the life and work of British Op artist, Bridget Riley.

 

Take [Austrian] Art - Let's Go Cultural!

As we shared a few weeks ago, several year groups have been exploring the life and work of some artists from our Erasmus+ partner countries.

 

To showcase their work and share it with a wider audience than their peers, we've made some videos. We hope you enjoy them. 

 

The children in the other schools in the project have been doing the same thing, and we hope to be able to share some of their work too in the near future. 

 

Our next video showcases the work done by Y2 on the Austrian artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Take [Greek] Art - Let's Go Cultural!

As we shared a few weeks ago, several year groups have been exploring the life and work of some artists from our Erasmus+ partner countries.

To showcase their work and share it with a wider audience than their peers, we've made some videos. We hope you enjoy them. 

The children in the other schools in the project have been doing the same thing, and we hope to be able to share some of their work too in the near future. 

First up is Y4 and Alexis Akrithakis

Our Greek partners share a Spring tradition.

greek spring lady

 

Monday was the first day of Lent for the Greeks  (7 weeks before Easter Sunday). 

They sent this message about how they celebrate: 
 
“Traditionally we make a calendar out of dough which helps us count the weeks to Easter. It has the shape of a woman who is praying and each foot stands for one week of the Lent.  It is not edible because it contains too much salt that is used as a preservative.
Here is the recipe and some more information about the Greek Lenten calendar!
 
 
 Some teachers create calendars made of dough especially with young learners taking their first steps in arithmetic in order to count the weeks towards a special day for them, for instance their birthday. They can take the form of anything including an animal or an umbrella.  It can be very useful especially for very young children who have started to understand the notion of time.”
 
We've discovered that each week, 'Mrs Lent' loses a leg until the last week when the leg is removed on Easter Saturday and placed in the special bread made for Easter Sunday. On that day, if you receive the leg in your piece of the bread, it brings you good luck. This is similar to the lucky sixpence in the Christmas pudding, or the fève in the galette de rois in France , a Dreikönigskuchen in Germany or Switzerland and a roscon de Reyes in Spain.  

A parcel from Elefsina, Greece!

At the start of March, a large parcel arrived in the school office addressed to Señora Stevens and bearing some amazing stamps!

stamps

Those amazing stamps and the return address on the parcel told us that it was from Greece, and specifically our partner school in Elefsina.

There were lots of interesting things inside the parcel.

A calendar with the months written in Greek and English, and some beautiful Greek scenery.calendar

Letters from some of the children that will be displayed - and one lucky class will get to reply to them!

lettrs

A jigsaw puzzle of a place of cultural significance in Greece.

jigsaw

The worksheets and activities that the Greek teachers would have done with the children if they'd be able to visit last year (Reception completed their lesson during the last week of home learning)

worksheets

The Greek pages from the collaborative dictionary that was being compiled between the schools. The Greek pages concern school. Our pages were about family members and greetings.

dictionary

It was lovely to hear from our partners and we thank them for the gifts.

An Erasmus+ Bear Hunt for World Book Day!

Screenshot 2021 03 03 at 17 optSeñora Stevens has been working hard on a surprise for World Book Day!
Not content with sharing a story in English, Señora Stevens has recorded a story for World Book Day in multiple languages, some of which she doesn't speak! So, sit back and enjoy Erasmus+ storytime as she presents We're going on a Bear Hunt in English, Spanish, Turkish, German (for Austria) and Greek  with Makaton added to really stress her! ????

Arty contributions to Let's Go Cultural!

 final logoAlthough most of the countries involved, like us, are learning remotely at this time, our Erasmus+ project Let's Go Cultural! continues. 
 
The latest activities are around a famous artist from each country. Each school presents their chosen artist and then the other partners explore their life and art before having a go at imitating their work.
 
Austria started the process by sharing the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser with us via their Christmas and New year greeting, and Y2 will be responding to this by imitating his art work and style. Find out about him here https://primaryfacts.com/807/friedensreich-hundertwasser-facts-and-information/
 
Hundertwasser house

 

On behalf of Whitehouse Common, Year 1 chose Bridget Riley as the British artist and shared their OpArt with our partners. You can see some of it here. You can find out more about her here https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/who-is/who-bridget-riley 
 
Bridget Riley
 
Our Greek partners in Elefsina chose Alexis Akrithakis to represent Greece. Year 4 explored his life and work this week. Some took one of his works and imitated it whilst other looked for common motifs and tried to imitate his style. These will be shared with our partners in the next week or so. Find out about him here https://akrithakis.com/joomla/index.php/en/
 
Akrithakis
Our next project is to explore and imitate the work of the chosen Spanish  artist, Picasso!

 

A parcel from Cartagena!

parcel optA long time before Christmas, our Spanish partners sent us a parcel of Christmas greetings. Last week, the parcel finally arrived at school, and on Friday, Señora Stevens FINALLY got the parcel and opened it.

Such a shame that we couldn't open it together but here's what was inside. 

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A big pile of beautiful Christmas cards in the shape of Christmas trees with star decorations! Some of them have drawings of reindeer and mini Christmas trees on them too. Inside was a Christmas greeting each of the languages of our project.
There was also some Let's Go Cultural! lollipops! Señora Stevens promises not to eat them all - she'll save them for a very special occasion and award them as prizes!
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As the parcel arrived after our Christmas decorations came down, we'll keep them safe and put them up next year as bunting around our Erasmus display to make it look sparkly. Do you like that idea?

¡Muchas gracias CEP Antonio de Ulloa! Enviamos nuestros deseos por un nuevo año lleno de esperanza, salud y gozo.

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