Category Archives: songs

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. 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 […]

¡La Roja Baila!

  Yesterday as part of Health Week I shared this video with Y5 who were focusing on ‘exercise for health.’  Although Sergio Ramos’ singing caused great amusement, they loved it and all enthusiastically joined in with the chorus. España ¡ey! ¡ey!   Cantamos ¡Gol! ¡Gol! España ¡ey! ¡ey!   La Roja baila. There’s also a version without the […]

Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning

If you’ve read the July edition of UKEDmagazine you may have read my article entitled Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning. If you haven’t, you can read the unedited version below or the official version at this link Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning A wide variety of people teach languages in Primary […]

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 […]

BBC Primary ‘goodies’

I’m making a list of useful links that parents might use with their children to practice and reinforce their Spanish, and was struck by how many ‘goodies’ there are provided by the BBC. So I thought I’d share! NB I’ve focussed on Spanish but they all come in a variety of languages – see individual sections) 1. […]

Los animales and Little Languages – the story so far.

I’m conscious that I haven’t posted since before school started so I thought I’d share something I’ve made this week. At WCPS, Foundation and Key Stage 1 teachers follow the Little Languages scheme of work for Spanish. It’s simple to use, has clear instructions and best of all, builds up from a +/- 10 minute […]

There’s more to PLL than ‘that donkey’ – #SWLPLC

I had the privilege on 28th March to speak at the South West London Primary Languages Conference #SWLPLC. My talk was entitled There’s more to PLL than ‘that donkey’ (Tip Top Tips for Primary Language Learning) and took inspiration from my son who when asked what he’d done in French usually replied “oh, we did […]

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 […]