Due to last year’s success, another CPD workshop called ‘Teaching Grammar through Reading at Key Stage 2’ workshop was held on Wednesday 9th April 2014. The workshop was run by Dr Urszula Clark who is a Reader in English at Aston University. She also has many years’ experience in teaching English grammar.
The aim of this event was to help Primary school teachers prepare their pupils for the Key Stage 2 Grammar test that will be taken by year 6 pupils across the country in May.Through practical, group-based exercises, this workshop focused on how to teach pupils the ways in which verbs or processes represent experiences in fiction and contribute to the representation of character.
Delegates from seven different schools in the West Midlands and two university lecturers attended the workshop. One teacher said, ‘I’ve gained a better understanding of how I need to help KS2 students’ progress to KS3!’ Another teacher commented on how the session made her revisit her previous grammar and look at sentences in more detail.
Many thanks go to Dr Urszula Clark for making this workshop such a great success.
On Tuesday 26th November, Catherine Cheater (trainer and author), on behalf of the Primary French Project Partnership, comprising the French Embassy, the Association for Language Learning and Network for Languages, delivered a one-day course which provided classroom teaching resources and support for Primary practitioners who wish to start teaching French in Key Stage 2.
The course is based on teaching materials, which are fully aligned with the new Programme of Study for Languages in Key Stage 2. Participants were encouraged to use the materials to teach French in school, thereby extending their training and enhancing their subject knowledge.
This first training event focussed on Niveau bleu, which is aimed at children in Year 3, or children in their first year of learning French in Key Stage 2. There are further courses to cover materials for teaching other school years. Further training events will take place at Aston University, a regional centre for Network for Languages, in the near future.
The training course was attended by Class Teachers, MFL Co-ordinators and Trainers from across the West Midlands.
Further information about the Primary French Project can be found at: http://culturetheque.org.uk/learn/primary-french.
Many thanks go to Catherine Cheater and to the participants for making this event such a great success.
If you are interested in attending one of our events, please contact Jacquie Harding at firstname.lastname@example.org.