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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.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/professional-development/course-details?meta_E=PLANKS2Languagesintheprimaryclassroomreadyfor2014

 

 

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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.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/10307580.Award_for_Newport_school_where_pupils_speak_twenty_languages/?ref=nt

Speakers at the Language Information Point 2013

I hope to meet you all soon at the Language Information Point where you can ask questions of head teachers, teachers, LA advisers and other professionals who are helping to support and deliver language support and learning into your schools curriculum in readiness for the 2014 changes.

Just Have a Question?
Then come and ask us; we will talk through the problem or concern with you and suggest a possible solution.

Need a Language Resource?
For those of you who would like to ask a supplier a direct question, some of the sponsors of the Primary Language Awards will be available to answer your questions. They will also show how their resource can support language learning, whilst giving up to date and practical examples of classroom use.

Thursday

10.30 Ann Swarbrick  President ALL        The new languages curriculum – What subject associations can do for you at a time of curriculum reform

12.00 Priscilla Hannaford Brilliant Books    Food, Glorious Food.                                                     Food is a great MFL topic, as it has universal appeal. Come learn some great ways of getting children to take ownership of foreign language learning and create their own (food related) sentences.

1.30 Back by popular request. Hilary Powers – Headteacher and  Paul Hutton LA Officer Luton.   ICT to support language learning Developing language skills in all children.

Friday
 11.00 2012 PLCAwards winner – French Jackie Rayment On Track!

An innovative project which has fostered working relationships across the MFL and PE departments. All very appropriate at a time when the London Olympics were uppermost in pupils’ thoughts! But this resource has a shelf life way beyond the Games. A collection of ideas and activities to integrate French and PE activities at all key stages.

This workshop will show:
• how languages can be taught through sport and related activities.
• how to bridge the gap between KS2 & KS3 ( transition)
• how to re-engage hard to reach pupils.
• how to raise standards.
• how to improve uptake at Key Stage 4
how to include SMSC
A workshop full of inspiring resources and techniques to make learning more active! Some of the differentiated and Going for Gold activities are more suitable for more able students at key stage 3 and even KS4 & 5

2.00 Primary Language Awards Ceremony Come and celebrate with the winners and listen to our guest speakers. Winners for French, German, EAL, Welsh and Other including sign language

Saturday
10.30 John Foxwell Welcoming Non English Speaking learners into the Classroom                            A practical session understanding how EAL learners need bilingual resources and text in their first days to help them understand their new surroundings

1.30 Enlli Thomas Senior Lecturer, Bangor
Making the most of bilingualism in the classroom.  Raising awareness of bilingual development, bilingual teaching strategies, and use of norm-referenced assessments with bilinguals.

Sponsors
Association for Language Learning, BESA, Brilliant Marketing Solutions, Brilliant Publications Little Bridge World, Education Show 2013, EMASUK, Golden Daffodil, Goethe Institut, Hobbycraft, Institut Francaise, Little Linguist, Mango Marketing, Pentel, and SSAT.