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Mrs. D. Allen

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Cotysmore Road
Sutton Coldfield
Birmingham
B75 6BL

Lo que hemos aprendido en mayo

In what has been a very short half term with SATs to deal with as well, we've still been working hard on our Spanish.

Year 4 have completed descriptions of monsters and learned the names for parts of their bodies in Spanish using this song from Rockalingua that proved very popular!

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Year 5 have been learning how to tell the time in Spanish. It's hard enough for some of us in English but they persevered and some even started working out various ways of making it easier - and harder - for themselves using 24 hour clock and digital clocks too.

 

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Year 6 enjoyed the distraction from their SATs provided by Spanish grammar and the verb TENER, translating phrases using tener in set expressions such as

tener prisa - to be in a hurry;

tener éxito - to be successful;

tener dolor de cabeza - to have a headache;

and also inventing sentences such as

Tiene cien mil años - s/he is 100,000 years old;

Tenéis un perro pequeño - You have a small dog;

¿Tienes cola? Do you have a tail?

Tenemos pepinos y berro - We have cucumbers and cress (harking back to Y3!)

IMG 5262 opt 1 3JM have been very industrious. They have been trailling a new way of learning called Symtalk that uses symbols to help create sentences in Spanish as well as learning about the gender of nouns. To use their new skills as well as to show that they can successfully use a bilingual dictionary, they wrote minbooks called ¿Qué veo? (What can I see?) The minibook were beautifully written and illustrated, and below is a little video showcasing three of them.

 

And finally, whilst Señora Stevens hasn't been teaching in the Acorns building this year, she's really enjoyed finding out what children have been learning when she's popped along, and was particularly impressed the other day when a Y2 stopped her and asked 'Señora Stevens ¿te gustan las manzanas o las fresas?' in beautiful Spanish, and also answered the question herself when Señora Stevens turned it back to her. ¡Bien hecho Claudia! (y Señor Cope también)

Querido Zoo - FKS1 assembly in Spanish and Makaton!

1677 Dear Zoo SpanishFor World Book Day this year, all pupils in KS2 learned how to tell the story Dear Zoo in Spanish and Makaton. At the end of the week we held an assembly in which all 270+ pupils simultaneously retold the story with Señora Stevens and the Language Leaders. After this, the Language Leaders suggested - and Señora Stevens enthusiastically agreed! - that Reception, Y1 and Y2 would love the story too. 

A few weeks ago, posters went up around the Oaks building asking for volunteers to come and help with the assembly in which we would present Querido Zoo to the younger pupils. Lots of volunteers attended the planning meeting and 20 were able to help Señora Stevens with the assembly on May 9th.

They practised over the weekend and attended two rehearsal in their free time, and were word and sign perfect! It was lovely to see the younger pupils looking up to older ones and trying to join in with the signs even before they were taught!

We started by introducing the signs for the animals and then told the story. Everyone listened beautifully and lots of children joined in with the signs as well as some trying to join in with the Spanish too.  After the assembly a few children wanted to share with Señora Stevens about their experiences of Makaton, how their older siblings had been teaching them or how they knew some from outside school. And at the school disco the following evening, one child even sought out Señora Stevens to show her that he hadn't forgotten the signs and the Spanish words. ¡Impresionante!

Muchas gracias to all the volunteers who were able to help, and to 3JM who couldn't help on this occasion but who have another mission for Señora Stevens!

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Excellent Work (Week Beginning 20/05/19)

Newsletter 24th May

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Congratulations Year 6!

We are super proud of our Year 6 children for completing their SATs. They’ve all worked so hard to reach this point and we couldn’t have asked for more. Well done to each and every one of you ! We are looking forward to the end of year production, and all the fun things we have planned ! Pyjamas tomorrow Year 6 !

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Excellent Work (Week Beginning 6/05/19)

Newsletter 10th May 2019

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Science Recycling Games

Here are some of the fantastic recycling games which were made by children over the Easter holidays for their Science projects. Wow!!!

game snakes and laddersgame eco recrecycl gamegame snakes and laddersGame LoLpin ball

Dancing in the street (HOTW April song challenge)

handsFollowing on from This is me!, A million dreams and last month, I'd like to teach the world to sing (in perfect harmony), the April song sung and signed in Makaton was DANCING IN THE STREET.
Year 5 had a marvellous time discovering the Eighties through the music video as well as photographs - they all decided that Señora Stevens looked very different then - before learning the song. This time the chidlren took complete charge of all the details - they chose the location, the costumes (with a bit of guidance so it didn't get too adventurous!), the choreography and they also volunteered to film our lines. It was great fun but also a challenge, and I know that Sharon who coordinates the project loved the enthusiasm with which our line was delivered even if it made editing a little tricky!
Below is the final video incorporating lines from 36 schools in 29 countries, all dancing in the street! We hope that you enjoy it! 

 

May will see our last song (for this year at least) - watch this space for news of what it is!

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