Back in July I blogged about some ideas for projects inline wih the new KS3 curriculum coming on line. And having now followed up on my 2 main ideas, I thought I'd feed back on them a wee bit.
I originally saw the concept of writing a fairytale as being on a basic level with a year 7 group, allowing them to have a feeling of achievement. However, I have a very dramatic year 10 group of VERY mixed ability and decided that they would be an ideal bunch to use the idea with.
Lead in: we'd been working on the imperfect tense just before we came onto the fairytale, so the fairytale gave us a great opportunity to look at reasons why to use the imperfect or preterite- it generated a surprisingly large amount of debate, even from the less able pupils which really cheered me.
1) Plenty of cushions, hot chocolate and http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/languages/Goldilocks/Spanish/Rubiales2.html - a superb goldilocks big book from Northumberland Grid for Learning
Pupils completed Download Vocabulario clave sheet to get key vocab to use later.
Other exercises from the SUPERB Download Goldilocks Manual - Spanish , again from Northumberland.
2) vocab hunt from other fairytale books (I used Jack and the beanstalk, cinderella and snow white to focus on key fairtake vocab and key preterites / imperfects, our language focus- for my example Download Fairytale vocab hunt )
3) imperfect and preterite practice
4) the pupils brainstormed ideas which would appeal to the primary school audience they would be performing for, and decided that my toy bullfighter, Carlos, should be the star.
5) they got writing different scenes in small groups and then reviewed each other's sections, before I then did a final edit.
6) rehearsal and performance- with the key focus being intonation, every language teacher's eternal battle!!
7) I posted the video onthe blog along with an ipod / mobile version which they've now all downloaded- extra reinforcement of the language with no work by me, yippee!
All in, a superb experience- real context, real language, real learning!