Category Archives: primary

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

TeachMeetWMLanguages #tmwml

On May 6th I made the trip across Birmingham in rush hour traffic to attend TeachMeetWM organised by the irrepressible and absolutely bonkers Simone Haughey at her school Robin Hood Primary. I sadly missed the choir singing and the start of proceedings thanks to a staff meeting and the traffic, but I arrived in the […]

ModernLanguages, ModernTeaching – Making Links

My second session was all about cross curricular language learning; how languages support other areas of the curriculum like literacy and maths as well as how languages can be taught in conjunction with and through other subjects and vice versa. Making Links – Cross curricular language learning from Lisa Stevens I mentioned my Pinterest pages; here’s the link […]

Pacca Alpaca

Introducing Pacca Alpaca, a language learning app for little people! http://youtu.be/QEds9SfUgIU I’ve been working with Anamil Tech on the Spanish dimension of this app and am pleased to say that it is now available in the iTunes and GooglePlay stores where it has already received a review!   It was lovely to work with Nicole again after the success of The […]

Sharing lives, sharing languages

I’ve just received an email from the British Council Schools Online sharing these two resources (as well as mentioning the benefits of hosting/sharing a native language assistant) for primary language learning. Our free Sharing lives, sharing languages activity packs are aimed at children aged 7-11 who are new to learning languages. They can be used in the […]

Language Learning in Focus in The Guardian

The Guardian is having a ‘Language learning in focus’  week  and the Teacher Network has been publishing articles related to news ideas and resources for language learning. There have been articles about why people started teaching languages, an interesting article on where we are and where we need to be in relation to language learning, ideas […]