Category Archives: literacy

Stafford Primary Languages Conference – Making Links

And here’s my session on Making links across the curriculum. I didn’t get to share my Pinterest pages as they were blocked by the firewall, but here’s the link to my Roman resources for Spanish. If you click through the presentation, you’ll find links to things like the music for The Carnival of the Animals, […]

Something old, something new #ililc4

My second session at #ililc4 was entitled Something old, something new and concerned the new 2014 curriculum. My presentation is below, and I’ll explain briefly what I said as I couldn’t attach the notes without making the Slideshare look ugly! And there are lots of links ideas and resources at bit.ly/oldlisibo (should have thought out that […]

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 […]

Feliz Día de San Valentín

A day early I know but I figured it would be more useful to tell you about it BEFORE the day so that you might be able to use it ON the day… Via Twitter, I discovered this lovely activity from OnlineFreeSpanish.com for making Valentine’s Day cards. I particularly like this resource as it offers lots […]

Mi pequeño día

Not sure how I got to this today – I think the cold in Konstanz has wiped my brain! However, I just had to share this lovely magazine in Spanish for small people, downloadable free from elnuevodia.com All you need is Acrobat Reader and the PDF downloads for you to read it. The graphics are big, […]

Alan Peat – Raising writing standards and motivating reluctant writers.

Great way to start the school year – an inspiring INSET day with not a dress code, health and safety lecture or mission statement in sight. Alan Peat, addressing the subject Raising writing standards and motitvating reluctant writers was EXCELLENT! He engaged the room all day long; noone was muttering, noone was fidgetting and at […]

Nanas de la cebolla

Another of the poems suggested by Joaquín Moreno in his presentation about poetry in Spanish teaching and learning was Nanas de la cebolla by Miguel Hernández. He played us the poem sung by Joan Manuel Serrat – here it is below, along with a perfomance of it in spoken form and also the words. Spoken […]

#LanguageWorld2011 – Progression in reading and writing – and still having fun!

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, […]

#LanguageWorld2011 – The narrative approach to language learning in Ks2 and KS3

The narrative approach to language learning in KS2 and KS3 Jo Cole Jane Humphris Linked Up project – to develop pupils’ linguistic independence and confidence in speaking, based on immersing kids in language Aims of project to enable project work to be firmly embedded in classroom realities to build on partners strengths and enthusiasms to address […]