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 Imagechef.com
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 Primarylanguages.org.uk 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
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….