Progression in reading and writing … and STILL having fun!
Presented by Jan Lewandowski, Bedford Borough Council
Ina whistle stop tour of reading and writing in KS2, Jan showed that teaching reading and writing need not be onerous, scary or boring, but fun and creative!
Here are my notes – I was too busy drawing, singing and making up stories to write more!
Y3 Nous promenons dans le bois (comptines)
Show with words – even if they can’t read the text, it makes links with word and sound.
Y4 Loup (Olivier Douzou) (story)
There’s an unexpected ending – he’s going to eat a carrot , not the person / rabbit that you might expect.
So much to do with it – the simple language lends itself to repetition, rewriting and easy comprehension.
Looking at the (French cursive, joined up) writing – good or bad?
Use it with a visualiser to overcome size, or make your own big book – Jan has one with a paperbag wolf finishing with upside down wolf with ‘prune’ in stomach (false friend)
Structure Je mets…. /Pongo… can also be used for setting table and talking about what you put down and then what you eat.
Y5 Un petit bonhomme (poem)
‘topics’ – fruit and veg.
Split sentence work
Make articulated veggie/fruit people – talk through process in French / Spanish.
Then link to Arcimboldo – part of the existing art curriculum so great for embedding
Y6 Qui était Arcimboldo? (short text)
Looking at highlighted words – why? Some cognates, some links to ‘our’ language, some near cognates.
Jan finished with showing us some ‘sous-main’ or learning mats that she’d found from French schools to support recollection of language. A great idea. I’ll now be looking for some in Spanish!