Category Archives: ideas

Language Show #sketchnoted

I’ve just got back form London and the Language Show at Kensington Olympia. A lovely couple of days catching up with people, finding out about university courses and qualifications for Stevens Junior, visiting stands and learning from others – and then some more catching up with people! Below are sketchnotes of the seminars I attended – […]

I’ve got #sketchnotefever

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or have ever met me will know that I like to sketchnote whenever I attend conferences or complete professional development activities. In fact, you’ll find many of them on this website too! Sketchnotes are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-drawn typography, shapes, and […]

Summer books – I LOVE YOU.

I’ve bought a few books over the summer that I wanted to share in short posts as I prepare to go back to school next week. The first is called I LOVE YOU. It’s a simple story in English about Little Badger and his teacher, Ms Giraffe who teaches him her favourite words. “They sound […]

Technology and stories at @chiuni MFL Conference 13.06.18

I was happy to be asked to present at the annual University of Chichester MFL Conference last week, and as I noted in a previous post, thoroughly enjoyed the positive and inspiring sessions I attended. I delivered two sessions. You can access the resources and ideas from the session entitled Using Technology for collaboration in […]

University of Chichester MFL Conference @chiuni

Wednesday morning saw me gazing at the sea, then moving swiftly past Butlins to speak at University of Chichester MFL Conference. I had a lovely day attending sessions in the morning and sharing some ideas about using technology and stories in the languages classroom. Below are my sketchnotes of the sessions I attended, starting with […]

Using technology for collaboration #LW2018

  This year at Language World I was invited to present some ideas for using technology for collaboration in language learning. I teach primary so the focus was on that age group but there are many ideas and tools that are equally applicable for young and old! In spite of some technical hitches and running […]

East Midlands Primary Languages conference

A little later than planned, and with huge apologies, here are my presentations from the East Midlands Primary Languages Conference held on Nottingham on 5th December! Más vale tarde que nunca.  Mieux vaut tard que jamais! Besser spät als gar nicht. Firstly, my presentation on Crosscurricular links: Making link – linking languages across the primary […]

Presiona aquí

 via GIPHY Today is International Children’s Book Day and I’ve got a new book! It’s called Presiona aquí and it’s by Hervé Tullet. It’s the Spanish version of Press here and I bought it to share with FKS and KS1, although I’m sure some of Y3 would also enjoy it! The book starts with […]

Being a Language Detective! #LW2018

One of the sessions I attended at Language World was given by Sue Cave. Entitled Language Detectives, it shared a project that Sue and a colleague had devised, originally for a day long workshop for more able primary linguists, based around children using their detective skills to decode unknown languages. Sue described it as ‘a […]

Some Spanish clapping rhymes

Just found a post I wrote 2 years ago and never published! It a companion to this post about Calming songs and rhymes about hands!  I shared the Chocolate rhyme previously but I think it’s worth sharing again as it’s been so popular with Y2. And, as this post shows with ‘mariposa’, any other four syllable […]