PRIMARY LANGUAGE TEACHING WITH A DIFFERENCE
Inspiring a love of nature and of languages
I teach French and Spanish outdoors bringing together my love of nature and of languages. I am qualified as a Hill and Moorland Leader, I have my Outdoor First Aid certificate and I am a trained, experienced and well respected language specialist.
In my view it is vital that we encourage young people to feel a connection with the natural world around them and that they enjoy being outside. For me it is also incredibly important that they learn to speak other languages and develop an awareness and acceptance of other cultures and societies.
I have been a language teacher for 14 years and I am a keen advocate of outdoor learning. I am certain that children feel freer and less inhibited once they are playing outside and even those who struggle in the classroom may have the chance to blossom and flourish. I develop new schemes of work encompassing a wide range of topics in line with the school curriculum bringing in the natural world at every opportunity.
JUNIOR SCHOOL LEARNING
Children learn through play and role play is very important. Essentially they must feel happy and comfortable to speak the other language. Here you can see they are enjoying asking for pizza with their woodland animals.
In my lessons with young children I always like to end with a story to settle and calm them and bring together what we have learned that day.
Junior school pupils also need the chance to run and play and learning outside can be extremely effective. I can teach them using props and there is so much more space to get them moving and speaking and working in pairs. I also build in reading activities and dictionary and written tasks for the classroom.