Languages teaching at KS2 (and also KS1) is now well established in many primary schools across the country. Much of the best primary practice has been entirely teacher-led as practitioners in the classroom have created new materials aimed at their own classes of learners. A wealth of that teacher material is available on TES resources and more is uploaded daily. Here is a sample of the range and variety of the excellent material already there:
A resource to teach the ‘sounds’ of French. Designed with a multi-layered VAK approach to fixing new learning in longer term memory, each key sound is given an iconic word that represents it. This word is learnt through a visual, a gesture and the sound of the word itself.
A rich treasure trove of work on French phonics! Lots of activities to do in the classroom. One of the most popular resources ever - don’t miss this one!
Stories and poems
A PowerPoint version of the traditional story La Petite Poule Rouge. Like most such stories there is a clear, simple story line with language that repeats at each stage. A lovely way to introduce some animals and also to get learners used to hearing French, following along and using picture cues to help decode meaning.
A French version in PowerPoint of the English story ‘Dear Zoo’ with a variety of follow up activities. As one teacher reviewer said: “Fantastic surprise! A whole lesson I don’t need to plan for. Lovely activities, c’est formidable!”
A French version of ‘The Night before Christmas’ in an illustrated PowerPoint, the author also provides a link to a musical version of the poem. A lovely resource.
A lovely set of display posters to highlight countries where French is spoken around the world.
An excellent resource using a CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) approach. Very clear visuals and simplified language to teach the history of the modern Olympics. This would be an excellent introduction to sports in general or would lead on to further work looking ahead to the London Olympics.
A very useful, clear set of worksheets to practise language for describing weather in French.
Audio included with this song for teaching present tense weather expressions in French.
PowerPoint and audio resource using the French version of Old MacDonald.
A set of really useful songs to use in the classroom with younger learners
A PowerPoint to go with the song ‘C’est l’Halloween’ which is by Matt Maxwell. The lyrics are very clear and easy to follow - learners will be able to sing along with this one.
The now legendary phonics resource for teaching the sounds of German to beginner learners - written by Leigh McClellend from Comberton Village College
A rhyme to practise pronunciation patterns
Stories and poems
A resource from the renowned work of the Northumberland Grid for Learning in the form of a German version of The Three Little Pigs.
A short, simple poem with some very useful thoughts about how to use this in the classroom.
Song on theme of eating and drinking to the Adams Family Theme.
A song that works amazingly well with beginner learners of German - a sure winner!
Other lesson resources
An excellent first lesson with an introduction to Germany plus greetings. I like the video montage very much and actually think that because of the clarity of the images, the text could be in German, which is the only change I would make to this.
Very appealing, well-planned PowerPoint on language for celebrating your birthday.
A lovely series of lessons for primary language learners.
This very popular resource teaches the 16 main sounds of Spanish for English speakers, i.e. the key spelling-sound differences between Spanish and English. The approach uses a layered approach to memorising these sounds, which are embedded in key words and learnt through visual stimulus, the sound of the word and the all important gesture.
Lesson 2 in the series is used to consolidate phonics knowledge and develop it further through fun activities.
A simple activity to help learners to hear and respond to the sounds of Spanish.
Tonguetwisters are fun and useful when fixing the sounds of the language.
Stories and poems
A very simple script for Cinderella with lots of potential for different uses in the classroom.
An animated PowerPoint version of this Eric Carle gem in Spanish (with sound effects).
A Spanish PowerPoint version of this well known story.
12 lines of text tell this well-known story very clearly. I would use this in lots of ways, perhaps starting with a telling of the story supported by visuals, followed by a card sorting where learners listen to a re-telling and put 12 picture cards in order.
Other lesson resources
A whole set of resources to use with Years 3 - 6 on the theme of Guy Fawkes, including a song + soundfile, a telling of the story in Spanish, card-sorting activity, vocabulary presentation and practice.
An extensive set of materials used with Years 3 - 6 on the theme of Halloween. Includes a story, vocabulary presentation and practice, Sudoku, a song, battleships and bingo.
Some good ideas for using shapes and colours to practise simple sentence-building in the creative context of Juan Miro style art work.
Useful PowerPoint to teach some classroom instructions.
Excellent resource with audio and lyrics - 5 well-known Spanish songs for children
Lovely resource using a very well-chosen song to explore rhyme. Language is extremely accessible and appropriate to beginner learners of Spanish too.
Juan Pequeño Baila is a well-known song that works very well in the primary classroom. This resource includes a sound file and PowerPoint.
Verse of colours to sing to the tune ‘Way to amarillo’ plus some good visuals to illustrate the different colours.
Primary Assessment for Learning materials
Useful overview of the objectives pupils should aim to achieve in year 3.
A starter pack developed by Asset Languages and CILT to help teachers assess progress in language learning at KS2 - this one is for French. An excellent resource for teacher and primary languages co-ordinators.