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Lo que hicimos en español (otoño 2)

Time for an update on Spanish over the last few weeks!

MatemáticasY3 have been working hard on their numbers in Spanish, concentrating not just on recognising and correctly writing them but also on pronouncing them correctly. They're been listening out for phonemes and discovering the grapheme that corresponds, and then applying this to pronounce new words. They've also been doing some Spanish maths.

cuál es la fecha de hoy optY4 have been looking at numbers too, this time to 31 as part of learning how to write the date in Spanish. You can have a go yourself by using the image above to guide you! They enjoyed discovering the numbers through playing a game of dominoes, and worked hard on distinguishing between ei and ie in numbers like seis and siete.

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Year 5 have spent this half term learning how to talk about pets, applying structures that they learned in the first half term to talk about their families to talk abotu their pets. They'va laso enjoyed using their imaginations and writing about their pet 'elefantes' and 'tigres'.

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And Year 6 have concluded this unit of learning by makiing triaramas, advertising what can and can't be found in their town. They enjoyed drafitng and 'polishing' their writing and then presenting it in a creative attractive way. Señora Stevens was particularly impressed by the independence of several pupils who looked back in their books and recycled language from previous years without prompting. 

¡Gracias!

A very big thank you to the parent who donated these dictionaries and cuddly animals to help us learn Spanish. It is very much appreciated as the children are fascinated by the two halves of a bilingual dictionary and enjoy looking up words. These dictionaries will really help Year 6 especially as they prepare for going to secondary school as they are more 'grown up' than the ones with which they are familiar.

Over the last year or so we have had other donations including some Spanish dressing up as well as books in other languages. All have been gratefully received and are used in lessons and to enrich the experience of pupils. There is a special section in the school library that contains books in other languages that we are happy to expand!dictionaries opt

European Day of Languages 2017

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In 2001, the Council of Europe and the European Commission declared 26th September the European Day of Languages: a day to celebrate linguistic diversity; to raise awareness of the languages used in Europe; to promote cultural and linguistic diversity; and to encourage life-long language learning. 

At Whitehouse Common every day is a 'Day of Languages' as we discover more about the world around us, noticing different languages written on food packets and clothes labels, finding out about the language and culture of our friends and families, and celebrating how great it is that we're not all the same but we're all special.

Lo que recordamos en español (Otoño 2017)

spanishEvery class in KS2 has had their first Spanish lesson of the year this week, and Señora Stevens has been impressed by the enthusiasm shown and attention paid.

Year 3 were extremely excited to share what they already knew, and enjoyed asking our two resident experts questions about Spain and Spanish.

 

Year 4 took on the Tarsia Challenge in their first lesson, trying to arrange small triangles to make one large equilateral triangle by matching items of vocabulary they had learned last year. Well done to the first team to complete the challenge by collaborating effectively and assigning roles to each team member!  Y4tarsia

Year 5 were treated to one of Señora Stevens' original songs to learn members of the family, joining in exuberantly (possibly in an attempt to drown out her) and all demonstrating that they could not only recognise 8 new items of vocabulary but also classify another 20 based on their new knowledge. ¡Bien hecho 5MW, 5MM and 5CE!

Year 6 this year are already showing signs of being SPaG superstars, and not just in English. They made short work of defining and explaining the definite and indefinite article in English, and made connections to their previous learning in Spanish to work out that there are 4 definite and 4 indefinite articles in Spanish, dependent on whether a noun is masculine or feminine, singular or plural. We'll see if they remember it all when we return to the subject after Howtown...

Here's looking forward to another year of excelencia en español at WCPS.

Celebrating technology in language learning

Señora Stevens is often invited to speak at conferences about language learning and international work in primary schools, and always enjoys sharing what we do at Whitehouse Common Primary. Last week she was in Warrington delivering a keynote about the use of technology to engage and enhance primary language teaching and learning. Before she went, she challenged Y3 and Y6 to create work that she could share using a number of apps and websites.

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Year 3 used Pic Collage on the iPads to create posters giving advice in Spanish about healthy eating, and saved them to a Padlet so that we could share them. There were some excelelnt posters created, especially as some pupils only had 20 minutes as they had a swimming lesson. You can see them all here and well done to Lucy and Logan (3CC) and Lily and Darcy (3MW) who featured in Señora Stevens' presentation.

 

6lc adobe6LC on the other hand were challenged to use Adobe Spark Video to create mini movies using the silly sentences that they had written the previous week, practising their grammar as well as writing and speaking skills. As an added challenge, they used Autodraw, which is a web tool that changes your drawings into copyright free icons/clipart that can be used freely in such projects. (You can find out more about AutoDraw here) There were some very amusing mini movies created; Señora Stevens particularly enjoyed the ones that showed imagination!

We're really proud of the work that our pupils do in languages and international links, and it's great to share and celebrate their efforts and achievements with others on a national (and sometimes even international!) stage! 

 

 

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