Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Our suitcases of learning

In my last post I detailed the idea of packing a suitcase of learning before the summer - inspired by Janet Lloyd (see my last post here). 

I've now 'filled' my suitcases with 5 of my 7 schools - between 4/6 classes in each school... you do the maths :-) 

This provided me with really valuable feedback regarding what children enjoy doing in my lessons and I thought I'd share with you the outcome. 

I've compiled the list of the most popular : games, topics, songs and language learning activities. 

  • Favourite games: What’s your favourite game to practice new language?

Most popular : 

Boys vs. girls and other team games
Corners (in the class or in the hall/large space)
Stand up bingo

Also mentioned: 

Tour de France board game (on Janet Lloyd network website - simple board game to download also see my post here)
Jaques a dit (Simon says)
Pass the parcel
Flashcard games (hide &guess, hot/cold, revealing from a ‘magic bag’)
Mini whiteboard game (responding game)
Authentic playground games (or adapted from other languages) : Papier pierre ciseaux (see my post here) and ‘café au lait’ (as ‘chocolate’ in Spanish)
Epiphany game (see my post here)


  • Favourite topics:  What did you enjoy learning about?

Most popular: 

Festival (Epiphany) and special events (Tour de France)
Food (fruits & veg, breakfast items, picnic, ice creams)
Animal: including mini-beasts, old Mac Donald had a farm, the very hungry caterpillar.
Flags and countries - We used the 'Mon drapeau' sequence from Lightbulb languages.
Kite festival for European Day of Languages  2014 (see my post here)
Alien family (on Janet Lloyd Network SOW)

Also mentioned:  

Town/ cities in France, virtual trip around France and Paris (see my post here
All about me (name, age, where you live, etc.) conversation
Months of the year and birthday party


  • Songs: What song(s) do you prefer singing? 

Most popular: 

Numbers to 20 (Alain le Lait)
Bonjour, Bonjour, comment ca va? (Alain le Lait)
Months of the year
Jean Petit qui danse
Pomme peche poire abricot

Also mentioned: 

Numbers to 10
Bonjour Madame
Quel age as-tu? Rap
Days of the week
Salut, salut, salut
Tchik Tchak

Check out my Youtube playlists: favourite songs to teach French and Greeting songs for all the links. 


  • Favourite language learning activity: How do you enjoy learning French? What do you like doing most in our lessons?

Most popular: 

Singing songs
Games and quizzes
Creative activities i.e making cards, mini-books, masks etc.

Also mentioned :  

Using new technologies (apps) See the presentation I gave at the JLN Primary Languages conference in June 2014.
Joining in stories


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