Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Turn a Spanish Lesson into a Race against Time

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Turn a Spanish Lesson into a Race against Time

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I am a big believer in language learning being purposeful. As a result, I make my Spanish lessons cross-curricular whenever possible.

When my Year 4 class was struggling to tell the time using an analogue clock, I saw an opportunity. Telling the time is a skill that is diminishing as the popularity of digital devices grows, so I planned a problem-solving lesson where the children had to tell the time in Spanish and English.

I had three sets of envelopes: one with times on the hour, one with half-past times and one with quarter-past times. The task was for students to work in groups to match the clock faces to the correct phrases. They would practise saying the phrase and come to me to be tested before being presented with the next envelope.

But then we received the dreaded phone call: Ofsted was due to arrive on the day I was teaching this class. Should I play it safe and do some simple number games? …

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