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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!

We'd like to teach the world to sing - in Makaton! (HOTW March song challenge)

singHot off the press is the collaborative video for the March song in the Hands of the World (HOTW) eTwinning project. Masterminded by Sharon Tonner-Saunders at the University of Dundee, the project aims to reach across land and language barriers and unite children across the world using music and Makaton. 
This month's song was inspired by an advertisement from the 70s! How many of you have seen the 'Hilltop ad' advertising Coca Cola? It starts with one singer atop a mountain and then the camera pans out to reveal another then another until the final shot is of a mountain top of people of all nations and heritages, all united in singing. If you haven't seen it, here's the link!
This month, instead of a single line as in previous challenges, schools were asked to decide if they'd like one, two, or four lines to learn. In this way, the effect of people joining in has been achieved in the final video. If you watch, you'll see that Whitehouse Common sign four lines of the song. After the first line, they are joined by another school and both sign line two. After the second line, a third school joins to sign line three with them, before a fourth school joins and everyone signs line four. 
There's also an instrumental break in which you can see the hands (and feet!) of some of 5MM playing instruments. 
The video was recorded by the pupils, and they suggested the location too as they wanted to show the world Abigail's Garden.

So here's I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing in Makaton, sung and signed by 38 schools in 21 countries!

HOTW Makaton Weekly Challenge Feb/March

handsAnother part of the Hands of the World (HOTW) project is a weekly Makaton Challnge to learn a few words or phrase in Makaton. Y4 are leading the way with this, and below are some of the words and phrases they have learned recently. It's lovely to see how they are combining signs and words to make short phrases, asking questions and interacting. 4CC now ask to go ot the toilet in Spansh lessons in Spanish AND Makaton!

FEBRUARY

Week 3 - Goodnight friend!

Week 4 - Toilet, drink and help please!

 

MARCH

Week 1 - yes and no (complete with Scottish accent!)

Week 2 - car, bus, tractor

Week 3 - Happy birthday!

Week 4 - eat and drink

A million dreams signed in Makaton

The February song in our eTwinning project, Hands of the World, was A million dreams. It has just been pointed out to Señora Stevens by the pupils that we still haven't shared the amazing collaborative video on our school website. So here it is below. 
The video features children from 40 schools across the world, this time starting with the youngest in China and Croatia (aged 4) and ending with student teachers at the University of Dundee. It gave us all goosebumps when we watched it. We hope you enjoy watching it!

 

¡Me gusta el Slime!

4cc me gustaAs Year 4 had their Spanish lesson on Valentines Day this week, they did something a little different. Knowing how much the children love using the bilingual dictionaries, Señora Stevens gave them an opportunity to do some revision and also expand their vocabulary.

Firstly they reviewed how to say 'I like' and 'I love' in Spanish - me gusta and me encanta - and then how to make that negative and say 'I don't like' - no me gusta. Some children even remembered that if you say that you like a plural noun, it becomes me gustan or me encantan. 
Then they recalled as many words as they could from Year 3 to make up some I like sentences including Me gusta el chocolate and Me gustan los plátanos.
Finally, they reminded each other how to use a bilingual dictionary, which half they needed to use to find Spanish words, and how to 'read' the dictionary and choose the correct word. 

Their task was to fill in their heart with things that they like in Spanish. They produced some lovely work, and the six best from each class are shown here. A very successful lesson for all, including Señora Stevens who learned that the word for slime (as in the sparkly play slime!) in Spanish is... el Slime!

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Want to learn A million dreams in Makaton?

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The February song for the Hands of the World project is, like This is Me, from The Greatest Showman. A slightly slower but equally powerful song, Whitehouse Common have been assigned one line to learn - A million dreams are keeping me awake - but lots of children have expressed an interest in learning the whole song. So, with half term ahead of us, here is the song signed in Makaton so that anyone who wants to can have a go. After the holidays, anyone who has learned it can meet Sra Stevens to sign it together. 

 

Happy singing and signing!

Hands of the World eTwinning project - Weekly Makaton Challenges Spring1

The Hands of the World (HOTW) project is really taking root at Whitehouse Common.  5MM have been following on from learning This is Me  to mastering a new song from The Greatest Showman in Makaton (more of that in the next post), but the fun has not been restricted to one class. Year 4 have been leading the way with the weekly Makaton challenge, and you can see the results of the first three weeks below. And the rest of KS2 have been joining in; during assembly last week, everyone learned to sign Good afternoon, teacher and ask and answer How are you?

It's been lovely to see children greeting one another in Makaton, and also coming into school having learned new signs to share, or with stories of parents and relatives who use or know some Makaton. 

This week, the challenge is to say Good night, friend. As we're on holiday, we'll have to catch up next week. 

 

This is Me signed in Makaton- Hands of the World project

The first month of the Hands of the World (HOTW) project has come to an end and our first song is complete. 31 schools in 19 countries have collaborated, each signing one line (and often learning more!). All the clips have now been stitched together, synched to the soundtrack and the result is this video: This is Me from the film The Greatest Showman, sung in English and signed in Makaton. Some eager volunteers from Y5 sign our line - can you spot them? We hope you enjoy watching it as much as Y5 did this afternoon when the video received its WCPS premiere in 5MM's music lesson.

 



You can find out more about the project here

Hands of the World eTwinning project - January

handsToday saw the launch of Whitehouse Common's involvement in another eTwinning project. One of the first projects that we were involved in 10 years ago was called Voices of the World and this one is organised by the same person and called HAnds of the World.

The project brings children from around the world together through the use of music and Makaton.

The project aims are

1. to connect children with their global peers, to break down barriers, develop children’s understanding of diversity and inclusion and use technology to make learning global rather than confined to the walls of the classroom.

2. to create a ways for children to connect with others around the world through a meaningful project.

3. to celebrate the power of music as an excellent communication tool, and to celebrate the use of Makaton sign language to create an inclusive environment for children of different needs: children where English is second language, children with hearing impairments and children with communication difficulties. In this project it will also unite children who speak different languages in a common song.

4. to show how a small amount of time each monthcan create a collaborative end product that will be very special.

Each month a song will be released that will have the Makaton signing (YouTube clip). Each school will be assigned one or two lines of the song to which they learn the sign language and video. Schools can choose to learn more, for example, the chorus or even the whole song. All the short recordings will be sent to the organiser who will knit all the recordings together to make one video. This will be released at the end of the month.

5MM will be leading the way with the project as they will be dedicating a Music lesson each month to learning each song, but other classes will be able to get involved too.

This month the song is This is me from The Greatest Showman.  5MM watched the video for the first time this afternoon and, after only two run throughs were confident enough to show some of the song in assembly, and then sign along to the song as the other classes left. So that they can rehearse before next week, and as promised in assembly, here is the video. perhaps you'd like to have a go?

An avalanche of Christmas cards!

card tree optTwo of the eTwinning projects in which Whitehouse Common Primary are participating lead to an avalanche of post  in the school office in December. About 40 envelopes, big and small, arrived from all over Europe, all containing at least one handmade Christmas card. Some contained multiple cards, other schools enclosed beautifully written accounts of Christmas in their country whilst still more contained small gifts such as badges, tiles, stickers and book marks.

Being chosen to open one of the envelopes in class was cause of great excitement, and the volunteers who helped Sra Stevens to display the bulk of the cards were overjoyed that they were allowed to open so many.

 

You'll find out more about the Green Kids project in the next week or so, but the project that brought the most cards was How's Your Christmas? This project included 51 schools across 19 countries exchanging Christmas greetings. Due to some schools considering 51 cards too many to send, there was a smaller list of 8 schools and a longer list of 43 schools. Whitehouse Common was on the longer list and at the start of December, Y3-5 all produced a Christmas card to be sent to another school in another country. And then we waited!

Sra Stevens made a map of the schools involved so that we could track the cards. Below is a screenshot of the map as it currently is (we received another card today!) and if you click this link you can zoom in and out for more detail. 

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How to ensure that everyone could see the cards was a concern and, if you attended one of the Christmas concerts in the Oaks building,  you may have seen that we 'borrowed' the Achievement Tree in the Hall. Below is a video to give you an idea of the number and variety of greetings were fortunate to receive. All the cards are now in the process of being grouped and filed in a big book ready for display.  

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