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  • Sing, as round!
  • Cross-curricular – unites MFL with other subjects and so gives it a “worth” Enhances and enriches SoW for ISA – something new with an international focus, because there is a wealth of intercultural information that you can bring in More interesting and more fun, for them and for you – happier children and teacher! Uses language for a real purpose, and not just some random exercises to illustrate and practise a point It’s another tool in your box – not something you can do ir have to do all the time, but something to bring a little variation to your lessons.
  • Language and arts are an integral part of life that we can’t ignore. The arts are a vital enrichment to life which links us to our past and which will make us remembered in our future
  • Using the arts in our lessons helps us to reach out to more of the students, the ones who may be hard to reach or motivate in other ways. Gives all students a chance for success.
  • writing probs the only art we address on a daily basis. But do we address it as an art or as a perfunctory and dull task? Could it be enlivened by, say, making a comic, or a mini-book, or a Storybird or a Storyjumper? But that’s a presentation for another time.
  • And here’s a Spanish example. This was something I did at Christmas time with all the year groups including KS1, with good results all round. Got some Christmas stencils and a list of Christmas words in Spanish. Then paper-clipped the stencil to the paper, and wrote the Christmas words inside the stencil. We found that the closer together you put the words, the more effective the final result. Year 3 got some brilliant results by using different coloured pens. If you google “stencils”, the first result you get has good stencils for animals, fruits etc
  • Intercultural understanding. Fact or stereotype?
  • Opps to demonstrate ICU and good for display! Use
  • Still on an intercultural tip Google Doodles Castellers Rentrée Something that children are very familiar with
  • Use of pictures for months (and other resources) – think outside the box. Use the opportunity for an enhanced learning experience.
  • Mi bandera es roja
  • Mi bandera es roja y blanca
  • Mi bandera es roja, blanca y azul
  • Mi bandera es azul y blanca
  • Mi bandera es roja y verde
  • Mi bandera es roja, verde y blanca
  • Mi bandera es roja y amarilla
  • Mi bandera es roja, amarilla y negra
  • Mi bandera es roja, amarilla, negra y verde
  • Mi bandera es roja, amarilla, negra, verde, azul y blanca
  • Mi bandera tiene un escudo
  • Mi bandera tiene una estrella
  • Mi bandera tiene cuatro estrellas
  • Mi bandera tiene cinco estrellas
  • Mi bandera tiene seis estrellas
  • Mi bandera tiene una cruz
  • Mi bandera tiene un círculo
  • Mi bandera tiene tres franjas
  • ¿ Y tu bandera ? ¿ Cómo es ?
  • ¿ Y tu bandera ? ¿ Cómo es ?
  • Wales, Portugal, Belarus
  • I’m indebted to Jim McElwee in Redcar and Cleveland for this idea. It gave me the idea for the flags lessons. Make a picture out of shapes. On a simple level, use it for practising plurals. “Dans mon tableau, il y a deux cercles, deux triangles, six rectangles.....
  • But if you add colour, it’s ideal for adjectival agreement and word order. “Dans mon tableau il y a un cercle rose, un cercle vert, quatre rectangles roses.....
  • Adapting the shapes lesson for the scheme of work
  • Hall of a hundred columns
  • Making shapes with other shapes
  • My mosaic is.....and has.... Mi mosaico es azul y blanco. Tiene un cuadrado y ocho triángulos
  • Mi mosaico es rojo, verde y amarillo. Tiene dos tazas (rojas) y cuatro camisetas (verdes y amarillos)
  • Imaginative, intercultural, use for language work afterwards to describe the shapes and colours. A more fun way of doing adjectival agreement than just a sheet with lots of examples. Also you get a really good display out of it!
  • Took one of the repetitive sentences from Hungry Caterpillar and adapted
  • Used dictionaries to complete the sentence using an appropriate plural, one table did each day
  • Added their sentences to the template. Enlarged to A3, made mini-book, had to use dictionaries to find out what others had written and illustrate pages appropriately. On last page, Sunday, they had to find something that the monster turned into on the last day like the caterpillar became a butterfly.
  • Other ideas for using colours and illustrations to stimulate creativity
  • Use music for: Timing activities; set the pace for activities; countdown to end activities Backing track for ppt quizzes and so on; sets the scene for activity, when doing a TL task; to settle them Intercultural work – authentic sounds from another country The Mozart effect – concentrate them while they work!
  • Learning new vocabulary – can do just wds, wds with visual stimulus, wds with actions, or wds with actions, rhythm and tune to really fix it in their heads Repeat words with actions Lunes – hands on hips Martes – hands on shoulders Miércoles – hands on ears Jueves – touch nose Viernes – touch head Sábado – hands in air Domingo – jump! Then sing the song – triple whammy of melody, rhythm and actions to cement words
  • A French one to balance out the Spanish! Where can we get songs from? Authentic ones online (MFL Sunderland!)
  • Make your own! Songsmith – free academic download JamStudio – good for loops Or get your instrument out! **Mark’s blog
  • Rap is of course a combination of music and rhythm – and saves you having to come up with a tune! (months rap) Can do the low-tech version and thump a rhythm on the desk to drive in a pattern, e.g. pronouns
  • Numbers Tai Chi Good for calming Reinforces numbers From Take 10 en español, which has loads of really good ideas for incorporating movements into language work
  • Good motivator, links MFL, which they may not like, with sport, which they probably do like VAK! Using a physical response helps learners to embed new things Physical exercise and healthy living, therefore lots of curricular links, also to Every Child Matters – Be healthy. Cross-curric PE good way of getting the KS2 entitlement in Inclusive Could be useful for a transition unit Do a search for “dance” on and you’ll find useful resources Meets a number of objectives of the KS2 Framework, such as listening attentively and understanding instructions, and performing to an audience
  • Arts Smart!

    1. 2. 1, 2, 3 1, 2, 3 4, 5, 6 4, 5, 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    2. 3. cross-curricular language for purpose WHY ?
    3. 6. WRITING
    4. 7. ART
    5. 8. Calligrams "A calligram is a poem, phrase, or word in which the typeface, calligraphy or handwriting forms an important part of the focus."
    6. 9. Calligrams
    7. 10. Calligrams
    8. 11. Calligrams
    9. 12. Calligrams
    10. 13. Calligrams
    11. 14. Calligrams
    12. 15. Calligrams
    13. 21. Shapes
    14. 22. Shapes
    15. 23. Shapes
    16. 24. Shapes
    17. 25. Shapes
    18. 26. Shapes
    19. 27. Shapes
    20. 28. Shapes
    21. 29. Shapes
    22. 30. Shapes
    23. 31. Shapes
    24. 32. Shapes
    25. 33. Shapes
    26. 34. Shapes
    27. 35. Shapes
    28. 36. Shapes
    29. 37. Shapes
    30. 38. Shapes
    31. 39. Belize Shapes
    32. 40. Bolivia Shapes
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    34. 42. Shapes
    35. 43. Shapes
    36. 50. El monstruo muy hambriento Illustrating
    37. 51. Illustrating
    38. 52. Illustrating
    39. 53. What colours mean Switcheroozoo Stimulating speaking via paintings In South Africa, red is the color of mourning
    40. 54. RHYTHM & MUSIC
    41. 55. Music
    42. 56. Singing Monday is lunes Tuesday is martes Wednesday is miércoles Thursday is jueves Friday is viernes Saturday is sábado Sunday is domingo
    43. 57. Singing A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Les trois dernières lettres Sont X, Y et Z.
    44. 58. Singing Songsmith JamStudio
    45. 59. Rhythm subject pronouns
    46. 60. MOVEMENT & DANCE
    47. 61. Movement Numbers Tai Chi
    48. 62. Dance
    49. 63. Dance jouez rembobinez avancez rapidement arrêtez éjectez
    50. 64. Dans la jungle, terrible jungle, Le lion est mort ce soir, Et les hommes tranquilles s'endorment Le lion est mort ce soir. Ahiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Ohim Bowé Tout est sage dans le village, Le lion est mort ce soir. Plus de rages, plus de carnage, Le lion est mort ce soir. Ahhiiiiiiiiiiii Ohim Bowé L'indomptable, le redoutable, Le lion est mort ce soir. Viens ma belle, viens ma gazelle, Le lion est mort ce soir. Ohim Bowé….