Category Archives: KS2 framework

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 […]

Lee con Gloria Fuertes

Another post about books I bought in Bilbao. I’ve long been a fan of Gloria Fuertes, in particular her poem Doña Pito Piturra which I’ve written about before and so has Erzsi Culshaw. The National Curriculum Language programme requires learners to: discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied and […]

Building firm foundations for strong buildings #ALLMFLSW16

On Saturday 27th February, I delivered a workshop at the #ALLMFLSW16 conference in Bristol. I’d been asked by Marie-France Perkins if I could talk about primary languages in the context of the new curriculum which is planned as a continuum from KS2 through KS3 and onto Ks4 and hopefully KS5. I called my session Building […]

Building Spanish dictionary skills

“I am not a walking dictionary!” How many times have I replied with this phrase when asked ‘How do you say…. in Spanish/French/German/Polish? (yes, there were some who felt that the Language Coordinator meant that I was fluent in all languages…) Using a dictionary was one of the skills that I feel is really important […]

How might I use Yo quiero ser – Nubeluz

Thanks to Pat Sweeney on the Yahoo MFL Resources group for pointing out this group. If you like Hi5, and you love a bit of 90s “cheese”, you’ll love Nubeluz. As Pat writes – “Many of Nubeluz’s songs seem to be innocent good fun and definitely have catchy tunes that make you want to dance […]

Phonics in KS2 and KS3

Following on from Rachel’s Hawkes’ reminder to me of my plan to teach phonics using her grid, another reminder popped up today when i was on Slidecast and found this short presentation courtesy of Clare Seccombe aka @Valleseco aka MFL Sunderland webmistress extraordinaire. Phonics are key to our ability to read and pronounce unfamiliar words […]

I wish the English…..

I love this poster, shared with me on Twitter by @nwinton from the imaginatively named I love Typography blog in a post entitled Diacritical Challenge. The challenge is to a) name the font and b) identify the diacritical marks! I’ve got to say that I couldn’t name all of them but there are plenty of […]

QCA Spanish Unit 14 – Yo soy músico

yo soy músico Here comes part three of my reflections on the units I’m currently using in KS2 Spanish. If you’ve read the other parts on Units 5 and 11, you’ll recall that I’ve taught the units to half of the school and am now teaching the parallel classes until the summer break. So the […]