We are living big moments in England these days: languages are compulsory in primary schools from this school year! Schools can decide on the time allocation- in my two schools I teach each year group once a week.
We are aiming for "substantial progress" by the end of Year 6, and I was wondering how to make the most of the input my single weekly lesson provides. Spacing out is so important when learning a language, the children could really benefit from more Spanish on the days when there is no lesson, so I have come up with the "Spanish 5 A DAY" idea.
It is practising Spanish for 5 minutes a day by singing a song or playing a game. It will be pupil led, I will pick the leader(s) every week. I know how busy class teachers are and I don't want to put extra burden on them by asking them to think of activities to do. They will "just" have to make sure they can fit in a song or a game in the day. I always have the new vocabulary on the display, they can take the flashcards off for a quick game of "Heads down thumbs up" or they can read the numbers while playing the "secret signal". I will leave a CD and YouTube videos on the class laptop in case the children want to sing a song. The leader(s) can wear a badge for a week and get a reward at the end.... which will have to be chocolate if I really want them to remember the 5 A DAY Spanish practice:-)
This is the poster I made for the classroom display:
You can find a lot of ideas on how to build in language activities in the school day on Clare Seccombe's blog:Time for Languages.
More about pupil participation in my lessons:
The cupboard - new game
Wish us good luck:-)!