As a network we work with children in KS2 who have as yet limited spoken language skills but also we work with children who have been learning the target language for 3,4 or 5 years and even more.As a network we need to get our children talking creatively and independently!Our current target with the more advanced learners are that :
We want our children to progress in their independent use of language!
We want the children to be able to say more than just limited responses!
The intention of the first sequence of activities below – which should be developed over a series of lessons – is to begin to enable the class to explore pictures , photographs and stories in more detail. The activities are transferable so that over the course of the next academic year we can revisit the languages, set up the investigations and hold interesting discussion across a range of content and contexts. The intention is that the children become empowered to extend what they can say and to allow them to access what they want to say.
You need to first take a look at Teacher French or Spanish Talk Prompts to deliver the activities below.You can download the PDFs below
The activities are based in the first instance around looking at famous picture and using these pictures as a stimulus for group talk.
Here are some famous works of art to explore and the content and contexts for which they could be useful
Famous Art we like to use. Possible focuses for discussion are listed in brackets after the title of the piece of Art and the name of the artist)
· The Boating Party , Renoir (people, clothes , food , activities, animals)
· Surprised : Henri Rousseau (jungle, colours, weather, actions, animals, emotions)
· The Poet Reclining , Marc Chagall (people, countryside, animals, weather, actions, emotions)
· The Starry Night, Van Gogh (weather , objects , town at night , colours, emotions)
· Las Meninas, Velázquez (people, families, clothes, colours, emotions, actions , house and home)
· La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat (parties, activities, weather , clothes , emotions, people)
· La historia de José, Antonio di Biagio (animals, actions , clothes, colours, )
· July , the Seaside , LS Lowry ( weather, objects , activities, actions, colours, clothes , people, family
Artcyclopedia can help you to locate the pictures you want to use.
Below are the sequence of activities which can support your young learners to practise and explore becoming more creative and independent in their use of the target language.
A. Word Warm up activities
To ensure that all the children can contribute to the Talk Prompt activities, start with some Word Warm Ups. Ask the children to:
- Name / show / find certain categories of words e.g. colours, weather phrases , animals, clothes
- Give the children talking time to complete this with a partner or a group.
- Take feedback .
Ask the children to :
- Check the language they have found by cross referencing this language in bi-lingual dictionaries .
- Consolidate the knowledge through a game of charades/ an alphabetical challenge (60 seconds to say five of the words in alphabetical order etc)
B. Class consideration
Either give out the picture to the class or show a large version of the picture on the IWB screen or flipchart.
Ask the children in their pairs or on their tables to :
- Familiarise themselves with the picture.Spot any items from the Word Warm Up activity above.
- Give each table a blank piece of paper and ask the children to create “word graffiti” art of the picture.They must write down the key items / emotions/ descriptive phrases they have identified in the picture and the words or phrases should be positioned in a similar place on the blank piece of paper to where the item/ emotion etc is depicted or found in the picture
- Take feedback from the groups .Which words /phrases have they been able to locate and place in their replica “word graffiti “ pictures? As the children give you their feedback , either write up or invite a child to help you write up the key language that is being suggested by each pair/ table on a flip chart
- Table experts .Each table becomes an expert table . This means that each table has a theme e.g. weather phrases, animals, colours, emotions, objects, clothes, food – the categories will depend upon the picture you have chosen to use . The expert tables must firstly decide as a group which of the brainstormed words and phrases written on the flip chart are phrases that fit in their category- sometimes a phrase might match two categories e.g. a colour and an item of clothing. You should call out a phrase or word from the feedback and the expert tables must listen and if they think it’s from their category they should put up their hands. Increase the speed and quantity of language used to make the activity more challenging. Ask for volunteers to take the teacher’s role in the activity.
C. Talk Prompt Activities, matching questions and answers
- Give out the “Children’s stem responses “(from the Talk Prompt PDF above) either as separate cards – one card per pair , or as groups of three stem responses to pairs . The children’s stem responses are located on the “Teacher Talk Prompt Sheet”
- Ask the children to read and apply their knowledge of the language to decide how to pronounce the stem responses correctly and also the meaning of the stem response.
- Can the children match their stem responses to the possible questions you show them and you say from your “Questions for children” on the “Teacher Talk Prompt Sheet”
- Swap stem responses between pairs and re-run the activity so that children familiarise themselves with a variety of stem responses and the link questions
D. Talk time
- Children working in pairs or groups,possibly with the support of a TA or teacher , should now investigate the picture and be encouraged to actually "be in the picture" – even if there are limited characters that they can locate.
- They should use their imaginations to step into the picture .Guide the children into this target language activity with the key phrases from the “Let’s imagine setting up the activity” phrases on the “Teacher Talk Prompt Sheet”
- Hold “Listen ins” and ask children to feedback the language they are developing to describe what they see and what they are doing.
- The children may use notes to prompt them if they have jotted down information.
- Ask one pair to share with another pair their imaginary conversations and creative descriptions that they have generated inside the picture.what they have created- as spoken inside the picture” activity.
E. Let’s imagine
As a whole class step back into the whole picture and now ask the specific questions from the “Questions for children” on the “Teacher Talk Prompt Sheet”. Take responses from several groups for each question.
Ask the children to listen carefully and to imagine the scene they are creating as a class.
F. Return to the picture
In a following lesson , return to the picture and see if the children can respond appropriately to the simple questions from “Looking at pictures together” section on the “Teacher Talk Prompt Sheet” and can they remember their responses to the “Questions for children” on the “Teacher Talk Prompt Sheet” from the previous lesson?
You will now be able to use some of these activities to explore pictures , photographs and stories in more detail with the children over the course of the year , to extend what they can say and to allow them to access what they want to say .