Created on Sunday, 29 May 2016 17:17
We are delighted to announce that our Phiz Lab science classroom was officially opened this week by Wendy Cox, from the Ogden Trust. Click on the link below to read more about the opening:
Created on Saturday, 21 May 2016 17:01
In 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!
Created on Saturday, 21 May 2016 11:28
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!
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!
Created on Friday, 20 May 2016 15:23
Created on Thursday, 19 May 2016 07:58
Well done to the Year Five boys for their efforts in the WSAS football festival yesterday. After just missing the worst of the rain, the matches kicked off against over 20 schools from the Sutton Coldfield/Erdington leagues. In highly competitive games and on a fast playing pitch, the boys performed very well and were unlucky not to proceed through to the next round of the competition.
Things are looking promising for the Year Six team next year.