2I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius said…..
3Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may not remember Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may not remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.Native American proverbBoth underline the importance of students’ participation in their learning. Something that is pretty commonplace in the primary classroom, but in my experience less so in secondary.
4Children leave KS2 with an expectation of what language learning looks like, and therefore arrive in KS3 with expectations. It’s in our best interest to ensure that this transition is smooth and seamless and built on firm foundations. That way we’ll get the best 7-14 experience and children can get a flying start into KS3.
5We certainly don’t want this to be their experience!
6Secondary classrooms are different places to primary Secondary classrooms are different places to primary. Contrary to popular belief, primary children aren’t always up and down and out of their seats and unable to sit and listen. But they work collaboratively a lot, pair work, group work, they change activities frequently to keep the pace going and to maintain interest. The seating patterns are important. There is also a strong culture of helping others.
7They also have drawers and drawers full of cool equipment which can be adapted to MFL work. Much primary learning is characterised by active learning. When active learning strategies are used, the children are reading, talking, writing, describing, touching, interacting, listening and reflecting on the information and the materials presented. The children learn by doing, thinking, exploring through planned quality interactions. The activities provide a natural way of communicating with children and playing helps them to learn about and understand the nature of risk-taking and failure in a secure environment. Also promotes social skills like turn-taking. The child is not a passive observer, like these ones (Play video!)
8The child is not a passive observer, like these ones!
9Through active learning children develop their self-confidence as learners and mature socially and emotionally.So here are some primary strategies that hopefully will give you some ideas for KS3, which will ease transition and which will promote active learning and group and pair work in your classroom. All ways of ensuring that the students are not just hearing, not just seeing, but doing and understanding.
10One of the simplest things that the children can do is to use a set of small cards to help each other to practise the new words. They are very good at thinking of games to play together.Flashcards
27(Trash or Treasure / Poubelle ou Coffre) Categorisation/Classification, where you’re just looking for one group of words at a time. The ones you want are treasure, the rest are trash.Categorise by:NumbersAnimalsAdjectivesPlural wordsFeminine words(Trash or Treasure / Poubelle ou Coffre)
28This can work in a similar way. Test powers of observation This can work in a similar way. Test powers of observation. Watch a video then categorise words into those seen and those not. Could of course be done with other types of words, description or phrases or sentences.Decisions Decisions
29Number fans. Used a lot in primary Number fans. Used a lot in primary. Good for formative assessment, non-threatening as only you get to see the numbers – bit like using a mini-whiteboard.Start off with numbers – say in TL, do a sum….Quiet activity!Number Fans
30123456789Colour sumsCan also do with phonics, parts of speech…..
31Column “headings” of the opinions Column “headings” of the opinions. Ask them to put themselves in the right column for the thing, then have to be able to say the sentence correctly to make sure they’ve thought about where they’re standing!Use with smilies and fruit cardsHuman graphs
32345678Human telephone numbers – with number cards – can also do with colours, verb forms, time words. Anything that can be sequenced.Washing linesLines
33Wet play boxes usually have Lego in them Wet play boxes usually have Lego in them! And classes will have big boxes of multi-link. Again about putting things in orderChildren can do this in pairs and put things in order for each otherMulti-link or Lego
34This example requires focussed and careful listening to get things in the right order. “Aujourd’hui je vais sortir pour me promener à la campagne. Je voudrais prendre des photos avec mon nouvel appareil-photo. Il fait froid donc je vais mettre mon chapeau, mon écharpe et mes gants, et je vais porter mes bottes. Je vais mettre mon appareil dans mon sac à dos.
36Can also use to show variants Can also use to show variants. Again for teacher-led or for children to help each other. Give fruits to elicit lego sequence or put together bricks to elicit correct TL“Dans ma salade de fruits il y a de la banane, de la pomme et des cerises.” Could be good for doing sandwich fillings and therefore practising the partitive article.Can also use for prepositions: On commence avec le rouge. A droite on met le jaune et sur le jaune on met le vert clair. Le vert foncé est derrière le rouge.
37Something in a similar vein requiring a physical response Something in a similar vein requiring a physical response. Children use it to help each other to practise the new vocabulary. Could also be used to build up phrases and sentences.
38Dans sa maison, un grand cerf Regardait par la fenêtre Dans sa maison, un grand cerf Regardait par la fenêtre. Un lapin venir à lui Et frapper ainsi.“Cerf! Cerf! Ouvre-moi! Ou le chasseur me tuera!” “Lapin, lapin, entre et viens Me serrer la main.”Dans sa maison – house over headUn grand cerf – antlersRegardait par la fenetre – look through windowUn lapin venir a lui – rabbit earsEt frapper ainsi – knock knockCerf cerf – help help handsOuvre-moi – open doorOu le chasseur me tuera – gunLapin lapin – rabbit earsEntre et viens – beckonMe serrer la main – shake hand
39“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert EinsteinPicture of active learning
40If you change their journey, they might just surprise you at the end.
41MFL Teacher and Consultant Clare SeccombeMFL Teacher and ConsultantThis is who I am. My personal blog is called Changing Phase (Google it) and that’s where I put my musings on all things language-based. Then is my school blog, which celebrates the work that the children do and also give them things to do at home. Ideas Ed is my company through which I work now.