So we are in to our second month of language teaching of this academic year. The challenge we all face this year is to make sure that primary languages are established and enhanced as an important and integral part of the primary learning curriculum.

Hopefully our network coordinators twilights will help us to share us that we are achieving this and to discuss challenges that we are facing. Watch out for the emails to alert you to the first twilights next half term. Due to popular demand we will hold a North Warrington and a South Warrington twilight and all network members from our 105 schools are welcome to attend!  

Last year as coordinators we spent time considering what the implications of the new DfE Languages KS2 POS of study (click here) would be on the work we were already doing in all our individual primary schools. If you are a network member then you can access all the documents and support tools we created to help us on our way towards this goal (click here for our subject coordinators page).

This year the first goal many of you seem to be setting yourselves is to engage all your staff in the ongoing development of primary languages in school, whether staff are delivering the target language or not.Thanks to the DfE funding we are able to offer schools language upskilling and the opportunity to listen and work with some inspirational national / international speakers. Joe Dale will be with us in December to share his ideas on use of new technology and the wonderful Julie Prince will be with us in sprung to share her ideas and activities for literacy and phonics. All the information is here on our DfE training pages (click here).

Take a look at this simple blog too about how you can encourage staff who are just setting off delivering primary languages to step away from the SoW and add a touch of creativity through an assembly song, a display or whole school challenge (click here). Amongst our network schools we have colleagues who want to now plan for and explore grammar and how to develop progression in the learning and understanding of structure of the language, hopefully this blog post will help you to plan and also provide you with appropriate approaches and activities to look at nouns ,adjectives, verbs, adverbs and prepositions across the four years of KS2 (click here). 

As we progress through the year keep an eye on seasonal specials. Network members can access all the seasonal specials at any time of year – for forward planning or because you liked a particular  activity. Take a look at the Autumn resources (click here) and why not also use the theme of Autumn for age and stage appropriate language learning games (click here) for whole school culture and creativity (click here) and also creating reasons for reading, writing and AfL (click here).

September – Welcome Back
Welcome back to school everyone! Hope that you have all had a good holiday and a chance to recharge and spend time away from the World of education and school!

As you begin to plan for the year ahead in primary languages remember that what each school needs in place this year are achievable building blocks leading to established, effective KS2  language.

This learning should take place regularly and be for all children in KS2.

It’s a great year in my opinion to be able to plan for future language learning and align the new DfE KS2 Languages POS with what you already do or have in place. At the end of this academic year 2014-2015 you should then be able to look back and see how you have designed a programme which allows for progress and creativity in language learning and all your learners!

Being part of a larger community is very important and has always been a key part of how we have built our established network. There are now 100 member schools of the network and within the network we have sub-groups of teachers, Network News allows us to share with each other our ideas, successes and CPD opportunities throughout the academic year. You may wish to look back at the autumn section 2013-14 as you plan for this new term or share this with your teachers. There are certainly some inspiring and creative activities and outcomes which you may like to use or adapt! Thanks to everyone who contributes and we look forward to sharing your ideas this academic year.

Emilie’s blog from last academic year which again will continue this year offers you practical hands on approaches to the themes and content of our shared SOW and to festivals and celebrations which go across target languages and countries throughout the calendar year. This year there will also be a beginners’ blog too – especially for teachers and schools where language learning is a new school focus or priority. Keep an eye on this part of the website: Beginners Blog

The SOW is there to help everyone – not necessarily to be followed to the letter but certainly to allow us to have a common dialogue and to use this as a template to build our own learning programmes. You can access the JLN SoW here (you will need your username and password). Ana and Emilie have kindly helped me to create a series of short podcasts in French and Spanish based on the core language of each of the 24 units so that you can listen yourself or share these with your learners or with other teachers. We want you to use these in a flexible way that suits your schools and your needs and we hope that you find them useful. You will find the SoW podcasts on the SoW Zip File tables in Network Resources.

There are now 16 packages of learning for KS1 in French & Spanish too which are also accessible with your usernames and password in the Network Resources section. These are based on the learning programme the Associate Language Assistants and Teachers have been delivering over the five or six years. For those of us who want to move on from the SOW take a look at the Inspirations pages in Network Resources and also Janet’s blog –  Primary Language Learning Today. You may find the long term planning chart useful no matter how closely you follow the SOW and you will find opportunities to add in ideas from the inspiration pages, the blog and of course your own wonderful ideas! Finally this year we are delighted to be able to announce that the German KS2 SoW is nearing completion and will be available in Network Resources – many thanks to Barbara Foerster for her support with this!

Our language upskilling, whole staff CPD, subject coordinator twilights plus a follow up full day for those who missed it first time will all take place as usual this academic year and the conference will be late June / early  July 2015. Our first LSG will be based on song and performance and will be a great twilight during the autumn term delivered by our own Joanne Hornby and our visiting speaker Barbara Gleave (who will share with us her ideas for songs and rhymes with KS1). Watch the website and alert emails for further details. This term too we will be joined by Joe Dale sharing his ideas on ways forward using ICT with transition between KS2 and KS3. (The LSGs, subject coordinator twilights, CPD and the ICT session are free to member schools)

Finally as always there are  Seasonal Special focuses. Take a look at the “European Day of Languages“, the “back to school” songs and activities and our own special take on European Day of Languages “a grand day out

Maybe you are looking for a way for your class to record their language learning progress across the next academic year, perhaps this idea of mine will help. would love to see the gardens the children create of their learning!

How does your garden grow? A child’s record of language learning

Or perhaps your class/es are now moving on in their language learning. why not try out our “Text tracking tools” in reading activities with your children and let us know how you get on – language learning tracking tools

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