Friday 27 May 2016

Plastic cup fashion show

Today in year 5 we had our last lesson of the half term where we made an adjective fashion show using plastic cups.
Thank you Helen Williams for sharing the original video by Sashko Danylenko Art!

The one we made today is here.:-)

Monday 28 March 2016

Dice conjugation with the "plenary pals"

The idea of "plenary pals" comes from one of my favourite teaching books:  Pimp your lesson  (I. Wallace, L. Kirkman).
Here I'll tell you about how I used this last week with Year 6 in our Spanish lesson where we are learning about verbs and the conjugation of "tener".
Some of the pupils finished the writing activity before the others and I gave them a job - to create a plenary activity taking into consideration the learning objective of the lesson. They could use the iPad, (they already know some apps from previous lessons).  They chose Make Dice Lite and created this:

The dice template was handy as Spanish verbs have 6 forms, so they could fit the verbs on the 6 sides. (The pink number dice is always there, we just ignored it this time but I appreciate it could be useful if we put 6 different infinitives on each side and the challenge would be to conjugate it in the person where the number dice stops. Also, you can use more dice at the same time to make a sentence building activity.)
During the plenary, we mirrored the iPad screen on the IWB. A volunteer came out and stood by the screen (without seeing it). Another pupil shook the dice (=the ipad), and the "mind reader" had to guess the verb form, he had 3 chances. If the mind reader was lucky, the reward was a sticker. But if he didn't guess it, he could still get the sticker for a challenge the class set (saying the verb in a mysterious voice, singing it,etc).
We could have said a sentence with the verb form the dice gave us, that could be our starter next Thursday!
Feel free to comment with your ideas:-)!

Easter 2016

Happy Easter to you all! 
Here are some photos from last week...We discussed Easter traditions with our eTwinning partners in Sunderland and Valladolid.We were sent lovely nazareños from Carmen's class, they are on display in the Year 5 classroom now. Our cards are on the way....

I like making nazareños, these are from a different class - they took them home and promised to tell their families about Spanish Easter traditions. 

Just like last year, we ate some Haribo bunnies and chicks to remember that the adjective comes after the noun in Spanish.

We played "egg hunt": the children had to find the egg blindfolded while following instructions in Spanish (izquierda, derecha, recto).
We also played "chicken fight", an all time favourite, which is not only fun but makes you practise Spanish pronunciation. The rules are here on my previous blog post.

Previous Easter posts on my blog:
Easter ideas 2

Monday 14 March 2016

Spanish Grass Heads

One of my Year 1 groups has "Growing Plants" as their class topic this half term. I had been struggling to link it with Spanish but yesterday I found something really exciting on the Facebook page of, a Hungarian craft site for nursery teachers. One of the teachers (Ujszaszine Soós Márti) posted her classes' grass heads, about 20 of them next to each other in yoghurt pots. They looked so cute, I fell in love with them immediately. I watched the instructions video on Youtube, (just search for grass head) I went to Poundland to get the ingredients and took a bowl of grass heads in this morning:-)

We always talk about how we are feeling at the beginning of the lessons and it seemed a good idea to draw these emotions on the faces of the grass heads. We sang three songs, as well:
1, the weather one, to remember that we need rain and sun to grow plants
2, the days of the week song, to remember that we have to water them a bit every day, and 
3, Cabeza, hombros piernas y pies to remind ourselves of the body parts of the grass heads.
You can find these songs on Carole Nicoll's Español Español CD or on itunes.

Watch this space for an update! Hope their hair will start growing soon!

Update 1 week later:-)

If you bump into a Spanish teacher without socks...that's me!

Sunday 13 March 2016

Lego conjugations

I sometimes every day take my children's toys in to school. They are aware of most of my borrowings but can never find out this one... I take the Lego in as well!!!
Strictly to help my pupils understand the conjugation of verbs, of course....
We started to illustrate the verb "tener" last Thursday, here are our photos:

To be continued with the plural forms (if I manage to smuggle Lego Elsa and Anna into the car before the school run:-).

Green cushions and toys - Holiday topic

At the beginning of every lesson we do questions and answers (whole class) and then dialogue presentations ( 2 children take turns in front of the class, it is like a presentation). 
As our topic is "holidays" this half term, we did our dialogues in Egypt with the help of my green cushions and the DO INK app.  
I will have to use the Lego Movie Maker for a longer video but it was a good experience to play with Yakit as well:-)

A few more pictures with a different class:

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Spanish in the rainforest

In one of my schools I was asked to link my lessons to the class topics and their curriculum. This surprised me and I found it a bit frustrating after spending a whole summer on my scheme of work...(not an illustration, this is it:-).

But everything happens with a reason I thought, and soon I found it very exciting to adjust my planning to the curriculum, it was fun to look for completely new resources (and toys in the charity shop:-).

To learn the place of the adjective in a Spanish sentence, we described parrots we made. I found the crafty idea here:

We learnt a new song: Soy una serpiente... and played it in the classroom with 2 snakes, one for the girls and 1 for the boys.

We also did some green screen conversations, it was exciting to ask and answer questions and practise taking turns in the middle of the rain forest!

Now we have moved on, and in the second half of the term we are learning about rainforest fruits and how to buy them in the market. Will tell you about it later!