Category Archives: primarylanguages

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 […]

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 […]

Using technology for collaboration #LW2018

  This year at Language World I was invited to present some ideas for using technology for collaboration in language learning. I teach primary so the focus was on that age group but there are many ideas and tools that are equally applicable for young and old! In spite of some technical hitches and running […]

Primary Spanish Show and Tell #LW2018

I was asked to present an idea at the Primary Spanish Show and Tell at Language World in Hinckley last week. The idea of the Show and Tell is that there are a variety of ideas presented, and on this occasion my fellow presenters were Anne Poole, who presented some fun games that can be […]

East Midlands Primary Languages conference

A little later than planned, and with huge apologies, here are my presentations from the East Midlands Primary Languages Conference held on Nottingham on 5th December! Más vale tarde que nunca.  Mieux vaut tard que jamais! Besser spät als gar nicht. Firstly, my presentation on Crosscurricular links: Making link – linking languages across the primary […]