OFSTED also recognise Primary Langauge Award winner as Excellent.

Such brilliant news and well deserved previous Other category winners  Springfield Lower School, Bedford has been selected by OfSTED as one of only 2 examples of best practice in Primary Languages.


Those of you that attended their workshop at the Language Information Point at the Education Show letting everyone know about how they integrated and embedded teaching into their school, community and curriculum will not be surprised.

Well done especially to Marianne and Richard from all of us at these awards.





ERA Leadership winner now advising for AQA

It was great to have in my postbag this week a message letting me know that Jan Lewandowski an ERA Winner  (Education Resource Awards) for leadership is now supporting AQA professional development courses for primary language classrooms. Jan has supported our Language information Point at the Education Show for the past few years giving free help and advice around language learning so we are pleased to see her now supporting professional development.




Technology for Inclusion Conference

Technology for Inclusion

Technology for Inclusion

Janet Chapman who was shortlisted for an Education Resource Award for her Leadership in Education this year is organising an inclusion conference.

In Enfield on 3rd July come and meet one of our sponsors EMASUK and well known speakers on inclusion including Dr Rona Tutt.

For more information please contact Janet at janet@centralenfieldclc.org.uk

Activities for foreign language acquisition

Visit this blog for a range of activities to support language acquisition maybe the judges and I will see examples of these in next years awards.

http://frenchteachernet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/50-writing-activities-for-mfl-classroom.html or see summary below. Thanks Steve.

Below is a list of common writing activites in the target language which can be carried out in a classroom or in some cases online. Most of these would be done within a sequence of activities, often following oral activities to improve comprehension, embed vocabulary or syntactic rules, and improve accuracy of speech and writing.

Much writing will be done at home so as to maximise classroom time for listening and oral activity. Writing should nearly always be in the target language, although there will be times when using English makes more sense e.g. when taking notes on a harder spoken or written passage. The teacher will alsways need to adapt to the needs of the particular class.
•Copywriting from a book or the board to establish simple spellings
•Writing down words spelled out orally
•Writing down answers to oral questions
•Writing down answers to written questions
•Filling gaps (with options given or not given)
•Writing down corrected answers to false statements given orally
•Writing down corrected answers to false statements written down
•Writing down the correct one of two or more alternative statements provided orally
•Writing short phrase statements or just true/false on a mini whiteboard
•Taking notes to an audio or spoken source
•Completing an information grid based on a written source
•Completing an informatiom grid or transcription based on a spoken source
•Writing sentences or a narrative based on a picture or picture sequence
•Writing sentences from short notes (e.g. diary entries)
•Completing a sentence or text with the correct form of a given verb or adjective
•Transposing sentences or text from one person to another
•Putting jumbled words into a correct sentence
•Summarising from an English text
•Summarising from a target language text
•Writing down solutions to anagrams (either written ones or ones provided orally)
•Dictation: transcribing words, phrases, sentences or passages from audio or read by teacher
•Paired dictation e.g. running dictation”
•Writing a traditional discursive essay
•Translating into the target language from a written source
•Translating into the target language from an oral source
•Writing a passage from a template
•Writing lists e.g. shopping lists, desert island game, strip bingo game
•Word association – teacher gives a word, pupil writes first word to come into head
•Antonyms – teacher gives a word, pupil writes down opposite meaning
•Writing short accounts from a given word list. Every word must appear in the account
•Completing sentence starters from an oral source
•Completing sentence starters from a written source
•Starting sentence ends from an oral or written source
•Noting synonyms or antonyms in a written passage
•Writing poems or music lyrics
•Writing calligrammes
•Writing definitions of words
•Completing a crossword or acrostic
•Making up original sentences to show a grammatical structure
•Completing a vocabulary list e.g. finding words in a target language text
•Writing for a purpose e.g letter, news article, job application, obituary, diary
•Transforming a text message into full sentences (or the reverse)
•Underlining errors in a transcribed text and inserting the correct word or phrase
•Writing social network messages to a foreign speaker
•Writing words as part of a game (e.g. baccalauréat – find a word in each category beginning with a given letter)
•Writing sentences for a game of “consequences”
•Writing on the board or with a partner e.g. “Hangman”
•Code breaking games
•Writing “never-ending sentences”
•Writing nonsense or silly sentences

Up skilling for German course

Anyone interested in Up skilling for German? Our sponsors have a course they would like to run.

5 day up-skilling course for primary teachers of German from 8th to 12th July 2013 in Cuffley, Hertfordshire, near London (place tbc.) The course would offer • language sessions • methodology workshops • intercultural information about Germany • and an introduction to teaching materials available

Costs:  £ 130 (sessions, meals, materials included) More details will be provided at a later stage. Please let us know if you were interested in the course by replying to roma.schultz@london.goethe.org

Maindee Primary School Winners made the local news. Yay!

Well Done, Maindee Primary school everyone will know how special you are now in South Wales. Some great ideas to inspire those wishing to enter next Year.

ARABIC, Czech, and Turkish are just some of the languages you might expect to hear spoken at an international airport.

But things aren’t too different in the classrooms of one Newport primary school, where pupils speak a total of twenty different languages.

Of the 411 pupils at Maindee Primary School, at least 85 per cent are from an ethnic background and speak English as a supplementary language.

But despite it not being their first language, youngsters are excelling, and the school has been recognised at a UK-wide awards ceremony.

The school impressed judges at the Primary Language Classroom Awards, coming top in the English as an Additional Language award.

Berna Pullen, of the Gwent Education Multi-Ethnic Service, nominated the school because she wanted to share the things they do well. She and 14 other GEMS staff provide regular support in the classroom to help pupils integrate.

Youngsters who are new to English are taught alongside all other pupils, as this is the best way for them to learn she said, but they will also get additional help if needed.

Teachers use a number of interactive tools such as iPads, and have developed an application to help teach pupils newwords and phrases.

One they use regularly shows videos of pupils speaking in their native tongue describing regular classroom tasks, such as writing the date or topic heading, which they can play to translate the words they routinely hear in class.

Teachers also encourage students to create comic strips in their first language and them help them translate them.

The school also celebrates all religious celebrations, such as the Islamic festival of Eid, to ensure all youngsters are aware of each of the many cultures they represent.

This year, it will add a newone to its calendar when it holds a Romany celebration in the summer.

Head of Key Stage 2 Selina Wells said the children were ecstatic to have won.

She said: “We took to the school committee to the ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham and when they read out the winner, the children just erupted.

“We are really very proud. It shows that the commitment from all the staff at Maindee is paying off and the children appreciate it.”

List of languages spoken at Maindee Primary School

Arabic   Bengali   Czech   Slovak   Italian   English   French   Hindi   Kurdish   Polish   Punjabi   Romany   Roma   Russian   Somali   Turkish   Urdu   Welsh   Lithuanian   Latvian

With special thanks to the South Wales Argus for sharing this.


Thank You from Glasgow Academy Prep School

I opened my email box and read this lovely thank you.  I just have to say thank you for such lovely words but they are the ones doing a great job so deserved to be honoured in this way.

Congratulations everyone and especially Patricia for sending in her application during the Christmas holiday.  If I am not mistaken it came in just after Christmas but before New Year.

What a memorable occasion the Primary Languages Classroom Awards ceremony was!  Thank you so much for all the hard work and dedication from all the team for organising and promoting this event and to the sponsors for their generous prizes.  Primary Modern Languages is a highly specialised, but often neglected, field of expertise so it is wonderful to celebrate achievement in this area and place it firmly in the spotlight.  I thank all the pupils of the Glasgow Academy for wholeheartedly embracing this area of the curriculum and helping me turn my ideas into a very enjoyable reality.