Category Archives: rhymes

Some Spanish clapping rhymes

Just found a post I wrote 2 years ago and never published! It a companion to this post about Calming songs and rhymes about hands!  I shared the Chocolate rhyme previously but I think it’s worth sharing again as it’s been so popular with Y2. And, as this post shows with ‘mariposa’, any other four syllable […]

Los mágicos copos de nieve

Today I had a ‘random’ lesson with Y6, one of those times in a two form entry school where I only have half the year group so need to do something different. A series of happenstances made the choice easier: A tweet from Janet Lloyd that Primary Language Network were offering a free resource about […]

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 […]

Lee con Gloria Fuertes

Another post about books I bought in Bilbao. I’ve long been a fan of Gloria Fuertes, in particular her poem Doña Pito Piturra which I’ve written about before and so has Erzsi Culshaw. The National Curriculum Language programme requires learners to: discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied and […]

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 […]

Las manos – calming Spanish songs and rhymes about hands!

Ever since #ililc5 when Janet Lloyd introduced us to this French song for gaining attention and restoring quiet in the classroom, I’ve been searching for a Spanish equivalent. So far I’ve not found one but it got me thinking about using songs and rhymes to create calm. I have to admit that I tend to use them […]

Stafford Primary Languages Conference – Tip Top Language Learning

As promised, my presentation from Stafford last week! A quick whip through some of my favourite activities with a view to inspire and also keep everyone awake after lunch 😉 Links – Rachel Hawkes’ phonics Music for Los vocales D.I.S.C.O. Rhabarberbarbara Jo Rhy Jones phonic activities  Oso Pardo pdf Boowa et Kwala – Peut tu […]

Something old, something new #ililc4

My second session at #ililc4 was entitled Something old, something new and concerned the new 2014 curriculum. My presentation is below, and I’ll explain briefly what I said as I couldn’t attach the notes without making the Slideshare look ugly! And there are lots of links ideas and resources at bit.ly/oldlisibo (should have thought out that […]

¡Chocolate!

Chocolate by John Loo As if we’re not fed up enough of it by now, I thought I’d share a few simple activities on the theme of chocolate! Here’s a video of a song called Uno, dos, tres, chocolate   It’s a variation on my favourite rhyme – Uno dos tres CHO Uno dos tres […]