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Secondary school teacher dabbling in primary school French- way forward??

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by slick, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. slick

    slick New commenter

    Responding to a request from a local headteacher of a primary school about supporting the school in delivering Spanish lessons to a class.... the school does nothing in terms of MFL as the staff have no confidence in speaking Spanish.
    I am therefore teaching a Year 5 class Spanish.... colours, numbers, pencil case items.... and have delivered (and enjoyed surprisingly) 4 lessons of 40 minutes. The classroom teacher is staying in and hopefully will team teach with her in the near future when she sees that she can "do" Spanish.
    HOWEVER I met the MFL coordinator for the school yesterday and have been pointed in the direction of KS2 schemes of work. Oh my.....
    Songs/ stories (read one about Jack and the Beanstalk and this seems VERY challenging for Year 3 as it was aimed for....).
    What is the best way to get MFL going in a primary school? Want to support and make a difference but have ZERO experience. The chidlren are great and really enthused.
    And what about a S of W??? Stick to QCA?
  2. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    Your first source of information has to be www.primarylanguages.org.uk
    Masses of information, sources and resources; videos to watch..... for all aspects of Primary Languages; thereafter there are other sites to visit but go there first!
    Also contact your Primary Languages Consultant for your LA.
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I originally hated QCA when I first came across them but have over time realised they have lots of good ways forward for the non-specialist.
    Best SoW I've come across is the Joan Dickie scheme, then adapted by Jo Rhys-Jones & I've done my own variation of it. It basically looks at a programme of basic structures, gradually increasing in complexity as children have more experience, on which you base the vocabulary according to any topics being studied.
    Stories, games, songs, puppets are all good ways to interact with Primaries & give maximum language input.
    Have a look under resources on the Talkabout Primary Ning set up by Jo. Souffler (Mark Purves), Lisa Stevens website, Isabelle Jones & Clare Seccombe all have good websites with lots of super ideas too!Plus if you go on those websites they all have links to lots of other good people's ideas toonumerous to list here.
  4. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

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