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Let's Go Cultural! at Whitehouse Common Primary School: Day 5 and Farewell Assembly

march 13 2020final logoDay 5, the final day of our Let's Go Cultural! transnational meeting began with our visitors in Years 2 and 5. Year 2 worked with Lola, Esperanza and Rocío to learn about the rooms in the house in Spanish before dancing the (by now famous across the whole school!) Macarena. Year 5 found out about important places of cultural interest in Austria with Sylvia, Manuela and Janine, making fact files to show their learning. After a quick break, our visitors walked with Year 4 to Holy Trinity Parish Church where they were treated to a range of activities linked to Bishop Vesey, an important man in the history of our town. They had fun, dressing up as people might have dressed in Bishop Vesey's time, exploring the pews, gallery and other features of the church, looking at the exterior and imagining what life was like in his day, and also visiting the part of the church where he is buried. Back to school for Pizza Friday and then a quick meeting to discuss the week; a great success in spite of all the complications and circumstances. 
In the afternoon, it was back to the Acorns Hall for a farewell assembly with the younger children who reflected on their learning and presented our visitors with cards before sending them off to the Oaks Hall with enthusiastic singing of the Hello song accompanied by passionate flagwaving! In the oaks, the older children were ready with their own reflections on the week as well as another rendition of the Hello song complete with glockenspiel accompaniment by 6AB, and also our special Million Dreams at Whitehouse Common song written by Mrs Duckers.
And there the week finished with banners, flags and smiles, and the hope that we will meet again in the future in Austria, possibly not in October 2020 as planned but as soon as possible!
Here's a video of the highlights of the day as well as a video of the Farewell assemblies including a full version of the song we sang.

Let's Go Cultural! at Whitehouse Common Primary School: Day 4

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Day 4 of our Let's Go Cultural! transnational meeting began with dancing for both Reception and Year 3. Reception enjoyed singing and dancing with our Austrian friends whilst Year 3 found out about Don Quijote and danced La Macarena. The rest of the day was spent in Birmingham, initially at a reception with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Mohammed Azim who welcomed our project for showing the importance of collaboration and appreciating others' cultures. A tour of the Council House followed with everyone having a go at being the leader of the chamber and ringing the 'Order!' bell as well as marvelling at the beauty and splendour of the surroundings. After lunch in the BMAG, our guests went off exploring on their own before meeting for dinner by the canal, another important part of our Birmingham heritage.

Here's a video of the highlights!

Let's Go Cultural! at Whitehouse Common Primary School: Day 3

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Day 3 of the Let's Go Cultural! transnational meeting at Whitehouse Common was supposed to start with a Skype call to our Turkish partner but unfortunately that was not possible so we went straight to 3CC to explain then play the culture game that we'd devised called Guess Who? (Important Britons). Year 4 and Year 1 then learned about Austrian and Spanish culture before our visitors went with Señora Stevens to the Black Country Museum. There, they were taken back in time to find out what life was like over a hundred years ago including going to school where some of our visitors ended up in trouble with the teacher! Can you work out why? After traditional fish and chips for lunch, the day ended with another British favourite -  a curry!

Let's Go Cultural! at Whitehouse Common Primary School: Day 2

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Day 2 of the Let's Go Cultural! transnational meeting at Whitehouse Common starting with a Skype call to Greece. This was followed by visits to Year 2 and Year 6 to find out about their work on London landmarks and their visit to Howtown respectively. Mrs Allen also explained the English education system, especially how the primary curriculum works. In the afternoon, there was a visit to New Hall Hotel to find out about the history of the building and its importance in the area followed by a very English afternoon tea!

Here's a video of the highlights!

Let's Go Cultural! at Whitehouse Common Primary School: Welcome and Day 1

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Day 1 of the Let's Go Cultural! transnational meeting at Whitehouse Common.

Our guests arrived at school and were welcomed by flags, bunting and lots of smiling faces. Find out what happened next in the two videos that follow.

Firstly the amazing welcome given by our staff and pupils as well as our special guests, Mr Andrew Mitchell (MP for Sutton Coldfield), Mr David Allen (Mayor of Sutton Coldfield) and governors including  Mr Crossan, Mrs Burton and Mr Philpott.

And in the second, what happened after that when our visitors went on a tour of the school, met some of the pupils and were then taken by Señora Stevens to explore Sutton Coldfield Park and Nature Reserve - in the rain!

Rewind to March - Let's Go Cultural!

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Do you remember what you were doing in March? It seems such a long time ago, and so many things have changed! AtWhitehouse Common we were welcoming some very special visitors to visit our school and local area. Even then our plans were changed by circumstances but whilst we were unable to welcome our Greek and Turkish friends in person, we were delighted to host our Spanish and Austrian friends. 

Over the next week, we'll be sharing videos of the visit as we lead up to European Day of Languages on September 26th.

We hope you enjoy the memories of the parts of the visit in which you were involved as well as finding out what the visitors did when they weren't in school!

The videos will be posted on the Erasmus+ part of the website rather than the front page. You can access that by clicking on the OUR SCHOOL tab at the top, scrolling down to LINK SCHOOLS and then ERASMUS+BLOG at the bottom of the list. If you follow Twitter, you will see notifications there that will link to the posts. And, probably the easiest way, you can look at the Twitter stream on the right hand side of the website front page and click on the posts as they appear!


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Let's Go Cultural! - Letters from Y6 at WCPS to Y6 at CEP Antonio de Ulloa

final logoClass 6B at CEP Antonio de Ulloa in Cartagena sent our Y6s some letters via teachers Lola, Esperanza and Rocío. They had a little longer to reply that Y4 so managed to write letters which, unfortunately, are stuck in 'lockdown quarantine.' 

However, all is not lost as Señora Stevens has taken photos of them all and made a video that has been sent to their teachers to share with them via their online learning platform (like Showbie) I'm sure they'll be really pleased to read the messages.

Here's the video:

Let's Go Cultural! - Letters from Y4 at WCPS to Y4 at CEP Antonio de Ulloa

final logoThe children in Y4 at CEP Antonio de Ulloa in Cartagena sent some letters to our Y4s at Whitehouse Common, delivered by their teachers Lola, Esperanza and Rocío when they visited.

Unfortunately there wasn't time to respond in length to the messages but some of the chidlren managed to write a postcard to say hello. Lockdown means that the postcards are not going to be seen in the near future so, rather than keep the children in Spain waiting, and to cheer them up, Señora Stevens has made a video of them that we've sent to their teacher who can share it with them via their online learning platform (like we use Showbie)

Here's the video: 

Hello song - CoVid19 version!

final logoLots of the partner teachers had a meeting via Zoom the other day and decided to sing the Hello! song for you all as a symbol of us all being in the same situation and wanting to support one another. 

You can read all about it here but here's the video! Do you recognise anyone? And watch out for people who managed to record themselves twice - or even three times!


Let's go cultural - Looking back to our project meeting in Cartagena.


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As we reach the end of Day 2 of our project meeting at Whitehouse Common, it has been drawn to the attention of Señora Stevens that she never posted the videos of our first meeting that were promised a few weeks ago. 


So here is the story of the first project meeting in five videos! 









Let's Go Cultural! - A 'welcoming' task


This week in assembly we talked about how we can welcome our Erasmus+ visitors to school in March (9th-13th) and here are two ways that children can make sure we offer the best Whitehouse Common welcome we can!

1. SINGING  We rehearsed our two songs and the children sounded really good. With a little more rehearsal, particularly of our special welcome song, we'll sound positively angelic, and I defy anyone NOT to be impressed!

The lyrics and a link to the music for our Welcome song is here. The Hello song has been shared previously but here's the karaoke version so the children can see if they really have it memorised!

2. DRAWING   We also talked about how the chidlren in Spain had welcomed Mrs Harding, Señora Stevens and all the other visitors with smiles and flag waving. The Language Leaders suggested that children might have a bit of time over half term to have a go at making some Welcome posters or flags that we could wave and display to make our visitors from Austria, Greece, Spain and Turkey feel welcome. Images to help are at the start of the post and here's how to say 'Welcome' in the various languages of our project! 

German (Austria) - Willkommen

Spain - Bienvenido

Greece - Καλώς Ορίσατε

Turkish - Hoş geldiniz

 [The project logo hasn't come out very well on the image at the top but it is on each post on this blog so there are better versions to copy!]


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