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This post is to say a very belated thank you to the ALL's Steven Fawkes, who once ran a keynote speech at the Primary Languages Show, where he taught us the names of fruit in French, to the tune of Kylie Minogue's 'Can't Get You Outta My Head'. Because this week you saved me - and my class.
My new year 6 class are lovely but a very mixed group - 34 children with the full spectrum of needs that you get in every modern primary and they have had a pretty mixed language learning background too. According to our scheme of work we should be ready to create our own 'Wanted' posters to practise describing people in short sentences. Only we weren't really quite there yet and I'd already happily agreed to a visit to our class from Marnie Seymour and some of her 2nd year BEd students from the University of Winchester.
So after a lesson playing around with the basic vocabulary - un grand nez, une grande bouche, les yeux bleus, les yeux bruns, une moustache, les cheveux longs/courts/blonds - and matching it to our makaton signals, we downloaded a set of pirate flashcards from bogglesworld and played fish.
The following lesson we began with a quick alphabet song warm-up and then played 'colour brain gym' (because although they are year 6 and claim to have 'done' colours, this still stretches them) we added this to a grid ppt (curtesy of Joe Dale's trigger tips for ppt) to practise a little more and get word order and parts of the body quickly refreshed. Describing people.ppt
Next, remembering Steven's inspirational session I downloaded some Kylie and embedded it into a ppt Il a une moustache.pptx (click here for zip file with ppt and music together) which we then sang our own words over the top while doing our makaton actions. The children were great and by the time we'd shaken our collective booty, were eager to start creating Wanted posters - some scaffolded and some using the word frame at the end of the ppt. The really confident helped themselves to our class dictionaries and had a go at adding some new vocabulary to the structures.
Result - a nice set of posters for display and the visiting students left us some chocolates too - thank you! Hope you find them useful too!
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