Category Archives: literacy

Practical Pedagogies Conference 2015

I always get excited when people invite me to speak at conferences but I was very excited when Russel Tarr (created Classtools.net and was famously attacked by Gove for using Mr Men to help teach History resulting in a mass Mr Men Twitter avatar protest in solidarity!) asked me if I’d like to speak at a conference he was planning in Toulouse. A […]

UnderstandingModernGov conference – June 16th 2015

A little bit delayed by end of term madness… On June 16th I travelled to London for a day long conference organised by UnderstandingModernGov on the subject of Primary Languages – “Successfully implement the new Primary Modern Foreign Languages curriculum”. It was great to see Janet, Sylvie, Nadine and Julie, and to meet all the delegates […]

Solar system plate books

As it’s World Book Day or El Día del Libro in Spanish, I thought I’d share some ‘books’ written by year 5 at WCPS. After a session by Clare Seccombe on Minibooks at #ililc4 and a circular “All about me” mini book I saw on Pinterest, I came up with the idea of making a planet […]

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 […]