Category Archives: primary languages

Reporting back from #PLN17 29.06.17

On Thursday, I had the privilege – and it really was a privilege – of delivering one of the keynotes at the Primary Languages Network conference in Lymm. It was a day jam packed with ideas and demonstrated the power and value of a community of teachers and learners, bouncing ideas of each other and […]

¡Mi familia es de otro mundo!

A couple of years ago I was asked to help produce some lesson plans for around celebrating and exploring diversity and enabling everyone to be themselves without fear of discrimination.*  As part of this I did some research into books in Spanish that would be suitable for this purpose. One of the plans I wrote was […]

Así eran los romanos (Sabelotodo)

The other book I purchased at Foyles belongs to the series Sabelotodo which translates as Knowitall or Smartypants. I was torn between two books, this one and one about dinosaurs. In the end I chose this one as the other book I bought was about dinosaurs. You can see a couple of images from the dinosaur one […]

Mi dragón y yo (David Biedrzycki)

  On my trip to London on Tuesday I paid a flying visit to the fourth floor of Foyles where all the language books are found. Although I was limited in the time I could spend there – 25 minutes! – and I imposed a spending limit on myself too, I still managed to come away […]

Veo veo ¿a quién ves? – un libro animado con solapas

As I came towards the end of sharing the books I bought in Bilbao at Easter, it dawned on me that I’d bought some lovely books in Barcelona last May and not shared them. Here’s one of them! I was initially drawn by the title as it reminded me of the game (similar reason why I […]

‘Curiosidades del Cuerpo Humano’ y ‘Insólitos Animales’

Continuing on my posts about books I bought in Bilbao, we come to a couple of non-fiction texts that I bought at the Día del Libro market.  I was drawn to them as they are colourful, very visual and were also very reasonably priced at €5 (always a consideration when I’m buying several!) Non-fiction texts are less […]

North West Primary Languages Conference 29.06.17

I am very pleased to have been asked to speak at the North West Primary Languages Conference in Warrington in June. This is the annual conference run by Janet Lloyd’s Primary Languages Network and this year the theme is Progress with Primary Languages. The keynotes will focus on the identifying progress, phonics, using technology and the wonders […]

Veo Veo (A. Rubio y O. Villán)

Another purchase on my travels to Bilbao was this book entitled Veo Veo. It’s a really simple board book about two ‘lunas’ or moons that go for a walk to the park and play I spy. I liked it for the simplicity of the languages, for the repetition and also for the simplicity of the images. So […]

Leyendo con Pictogramas

Another of my purchases in Bilbao was Las vacaciones  which comes from a series called Colección Pictogramas described the publisher, CEPE (Ciencias de la Educación Preescolar y Especial) as forming part of a series  “para favorecer la integración de los alumnos con n.e.e. [Necesidades Educativas Especiales], sobre todo los que presentan dificultades lectoras y/o de comprensión” (to support […]

Un bicho extraño

One of the books I bought in Bilbao was Un bicho extraño by Mon Daporta, a book which first came to my attention at Language World last year during the Show and Tell when Jesús from the Consejería shared it. It’s a charming book that fits in well with the work we’re currently doing in Y4 […]