Category Archives: MFL

Rompecabezas y naipes.

On my trips to Spain I’m always in search of a bargain! I’ve recently not had much luck finding ‘Poundland’ type shops, nor the equivalent of a Swiss brocki but this time I came across a 1 euro shop down one of the Siete Calles in Bilbao. Disappointingly there were no books, and unfortunately I […]

SW London Primary Languages conference 17.03.17

I was privileged to be invited to speak at the recent SW London Primary Languages conference organised by the Merton and Kingston Primary MFL Network. I had attended and spoken at a previous conference three years ago and was eager to attend another as it had been such a positive experience (Tube and a stinking cold […]

En mi pueblo… (preparation)

Year 6 at WCPS are currently working on the unit Mi pueblo and are working towards writing a paragraph about what there is and isn’t in their town/local area. In the first lesson, they were given a set of pictures and words for places in the town and asked to match them up without any […]

#sketchnotes from Babcock4S conference

I’ve finally had a moment to photograph and upload my sketch notes from last week’s Babcock4S conference, The Future of Language Learning to add to my earlier post on my session. Hopefully they provide a flavour of the day, and allow you to benefit from some of the words of wisdom! If you want further explanation/elaboration, […]

I’m a Primary Language Teacher; help me out here!

On Wednesday I took part in the Babcock 4S conference at Horsley Park in Surrey. My presentation entitled I’m a Primary Language Teacher; help me out here! was well received and can be found below. The main points were: primary language learning lays important foundations language learning is cyclical with topics being revisited but it […]

La Maravillosa Medicina de Jorge – #WBD2016

My school decided that this year we’d have a Roald Dahl theme for World Book Day on March 3rd. Children came to school dressed as characters from Roald Dahl books – so lots of Oompa Loompas, Matildas, BFGs and Willy Wonkas not to mention a Fantastic Mr Fox appearing around every corner – and lessons […]

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 […]

Christmas in Mexico

Want to know about Christmas in Mexico? Here are some useful links: Why Christmas? offers a simple description including key events. Read this article to find out about Christmas in Mexico, including the unique Noche de los rabanos in Oaxaca. Find out about Christmas in Mexico here and then ‘turn the page’ to compare it […]

Inspired in IKEA 2.0

I love visits to IKEA as, along with the scented candles and plastic bags, I invariably come away with all sorts of unexpected items. In 2008 I posted Inspired in IKEA and quickly followed it up with Inspired in IKEA part 2. I continued being inspired in on A visit to IKEA in 2010 and with Breakfast from […]

Do you teach Primary Spanish?

An exciting opportunity for anyone whose primary school teaches Spanish. If you’re interested, please respond to Vicky Gough at the address below.  Support for Spanish in your primary school! The British Council has lots of positive experience in delivering language lessons to pupils remotely. We are planning to pilot a programme that would enable schools to […]