Created on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 22:06
Over the last three lessons, Year 5 have been exploring a story using a Talk for Writing approach that is used in Literacy lessons.
The story, El Nabo Enorme, was familiar to them as it's a story they have heard in English (The Enormous Turnip) and, as Señora Stevens began the story, several children recalled that she had told it to them when they were in KS1. The familarity helped them understand but so did the repetitive nature of the the story as el abuelo called la abuela for help, she called Marisol, Marisol called el perro and so on until finally el nabo enorme came out of the ground and they all fell over. And the third 'aid' was that it was told using actions. If you have a child in Y5, ask them to do the actions for the extract in the image!
As Señora Stevens read, everyone joined in with the actions on the first reading before beginning to join in with the text on the second reading. The third reading was accompanied by acting that would not have been out of place at the RSC by pupils in costumes by IKEA and Señora Stevens' Spanish dressing up box! As you can imagine, it was a lot of fun, especially trying to tira together and of course, falling in a heap!
Having joined in the story several times, we then tried to write our own version of the story. Señora Stevens wrote La fresa enorme about an enormous strawberry, and then the pupils wrote their own versions. Some are below.
It was obvious that it was a task that they enjoyed as everyone was on task, there was a buzz of work rather than chat, and the results are excellent. In fact, there were complaints that they wanted to write more than the boxes on the sheet allowed!
¡Unos trabajos excelentes! Señora Stevens is looking forward to using T4W with Y3 in the next couple of weeks too!
Created on Sunday, 22 January 2017 12:04
This week in Spanish Year 3 have been answering the question ¿De qué color es Elmer? Being a very colourful elephant, this question can be answered in many ways, and pupils enjoyed being able to reply even if they could only recall one colour in Spanish (unless it was gris or marrón in which case they were out of luck!) We then used a conjunction y (and) to extend our sentences, and discussed how we could use commas in a list instead of y between every adjective.
The extension activity was to write sentences using the same structure about other items. Señora Stevens was particularly impressed by this piece of work as it is beautifully presented, and the learner has remembered to add the accents on limón and lámpara; accents are part of the spelling of the word! Can you work out what these sentences mean?
Year 6 were continuing to work on sports and this week looked at extending their speaking and writing giving details of how often and when they play or do sport. We discussed how the expressions are like bricks whose order can be moved around, but that you can't break a brick in half. For example, all these sentences are correct;
Normalmente los lunes juego al fútbol por la tarde.
Los lunes por la tarde normalmente juego al fútbol.
Juego al fútbol normalmente los lunes por la tarde.
Normalmente los lunes por la tarde juego al fútbol.
but you can't say Juego normalmente al fútbol as it breaks the yellow brick in half and splits the verb jugar a
Having mastered that, some learners began to join sentences using conjunctions such as y and también (also), or pero (but) and sin embargo (however) to contrast ideas. Here are a couple of examples of learners who went beyond what was asked, using their previous learning or looking up new vocabulary to make their work stand out from the rest. ¡Bien hecho las dos!
Created on Saturday, 21 January 2017 21:27
Over the first two weeks of term, there's been lots going on in Spanish lessons. Let's find out what two year groups have been learning.
Year 3 have been practising asking and answering questions in Spanish about their name, age and health. They used prompt cards then tried to adapt the conversations to talk about themselves. Some of them tried to do it without the prompt cards, and there were lost of volunteers to perform their role plays in front of the class.
Year 4 conducted a survey, asking the question ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? (When is your birthday?) to practise the months of the year. The next lesson they used their collaboration skills to complete a Tarsia activity reviewing the days of the week and months of the year. They enjoyed the competitive element, all trying to be the first to discover the shape of the puzzle as well as completing it. And then, in preparation for writing the date in Spanish, they played Tesoro o Basura (Trash or Treasure) to sort vocabulary into categories.
Created on Saturday, 21 January 2017 21:01
Christmas is a busy time in a school, and there was a lot going on with productions, concerts and end of term activities. However, Year 3 were working hard in their Spanish lessons.
They made Christmas bauble cards to send to our eTwinning partners, wriitng vocabulary in Spanish and English on strips that were joined with a split pin at either end so that, when they arrived at their destination, they could be fanned out into a bauble and hung on a tree.
|And they enjoyed a Christmas themed story in Spanish about a tiny robin - el pequeño petirrojo - who embodied the true spirit of Christmas, giving away all his vests to other animals in need and ending up with no vests to keep himself warm.
They listened to the story, joining in with the repeated sections in which the animals said "Tengo frío" and the petirrojo replied "Aquí tiene" They then took on the roles of the characters in the story including Papá and Mamá Noel, using the cuddly toys and knitted vests to support them, and enjoyed acting out the story. They even had a special guest star in the form of Beef our visiting mascot from the Ukraine.
Created on Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:10
William Henry left Madrid, Spain towards the end of November and travelled to Zary in Poland to spend time finding about school and life in Poland.
It sounds like he had lots of fun with the children there, teaching them about England and having another tea party with English/Scottish biscuits! You can watch a video here of the English class.
He also went out exploring the lcoal area, and the school in Zary have posted a lovely video of his adventures that you might like to watch here,
William Henry has now moved on to the next country on his tour... I wonder where it will be?
Created on Friday, 20 January 2017 18:12
Following on from the post on Thursday about Beef, the panda, vsiiting our school as part of the Magic Mascots eTwinning project, you may be wondering how our mascot, William, is getting on.
William visited Spain first of all and had an amazing time, visiting children's homes, going on a tour of the local area and spending time at school. The children of 5th Grade B went on a school trip to the Natural History Museum in Madrid and then a Lego exhibition - and William went too. They even made him wear a seatbelt. And then they had a special English tea party for him! By the pictures that have been uploaded to the Twinspace, it looks as though he has been spoilt, being fed tortilla and galletas at everywhere he went, being lent pyjamas and a special bed, being taken to all sorts of wonderful places, and been loved very much!
Tomorrow, find out what William Henry did in Poland!
Created on Friday, 20 January 2017 15:52
Created on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 21:42
Following on from our recent International School Award Reaccreditation from the British Council, Whitehouse Common is contuning to lead the way in promoting the international dimension and global learning by becoming an Expert Centre or Hub for a Global Learning Partnership (GLP) network.
The GLP is a funded programme of support that is helping teachers in Primary, Secondary and Special schools to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3. We will be leading a hub of around 15 schools in exploring and developing actvities across the curriculum that promote knowledge, skills and values to equip our pupils as world citizens.
Señora Stevens recently attended training at Warwick University to prepare for this new challenge and we are very excited to see our hub develop and grow over the next year.