Category Archives: primary languages

Lo que escuchó la mariquita

This is the third in a series of three posts about Julia Donaldson books that I have recently purchased in Spanish. Lo que Escuchó la Mariquita is the Spanish version of What the Ladybird heard and is a ‘farmyard thriller; a crime set on a farm‘ according to Julia Donaldson, the author. In it, two […]

Las tres cartas del Oso

This is the second in a series of three posts about books by Julia Donaldson that I have recently purchased in Spanish. Las tres cartas del Oso is a very simple board book with flaps. It has two short sentences per page and colourful illustrations by Axel Scheffler. Oso writes three letters and sets out […]

Hello Languages! from bsmall

“As lovers of all things British AND foreign, especially languages, the team at bsmall publishing are leading a crusade to keep foreign language learning alive in the minds of our kids and parents at home.” Thus starts the press release from bsmall publishing, announcing their new series of books entitled Hello Languages.’ I’ve blogged about […]

TeachPrimary KS2 MFL lesson plan – by me!

A couple of months ago, Clodagh from ALL contacted me and said that Teach Primary were looking for someone to write a primary languages lesson plan for their magazine, and would I be interested? I said yes and last week, the new edition came out, complete with my lesson on p76-77. Free KS2 MFL Lesson […]

Tell me a story! – my session at #PracPed18

My session at #PracPed18 was entitled Tell me a story! You can find the Slideshare below. In it, I shared some ideas about the use of stories and books in the languages classroom. Beginning by discussing why you would use stories, we moved on to choosing books, and then some ideas of how you could use […]

A visit to Foyles

Yesterday I was in London for the annual ALL Council meeting, this year held at the Institute of Education. I deliberately set out early so that I could visit Foyles on Charing Cross Road as it now houses Grant and Cutler on the 4th floor.  To be honest I could easily have spent far longer […]

Summer books – I LOVE YOU.

I’ve bought a few books over the summer that I wanted to share in short posts as I prepare to go back to school next week. The first is called I LOVE YOU. It’s a simple story in English about Little Badger and his teacher, Ms Giraffe who teaches him her favourite words. “They sound […]

University of Chichester MFL Conference @chiuni

Wednesday morning saw me gazing at the sea, then moving swiftly past Butlins to speak at University of Chichester MFL Conference. I had a lovely day attending sessions in the morning and sharing some ideas about using technology and stories in the languages classroom. Below are my sketchnotes of the sessions I attended, starting with […]