Category Archives: KS2 framework

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 […]

Opinions sought on KS2 QCA schemes and making universally useful resources.

Wondering if any of you would like to add to a debate I’m having at the moment re QCA schemes for KS2. I’m trying to help someone choose the best way to present materials on a site to satisfy as many Primary MFL teachers as possible. Having drawn their attention to the KS2 Framework and […]

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 […]

UK pupils ‘least globally aware’ ?

My BBC Online daily e-mail informed me this morning that, according to a British Council survey, ‘UK children aged 11 to 16 have the lowest international awareness among their age group in 10 countries’.The article reported that 4,170 children with Internet access were asked about language learning and international affairs and the results were scored […]