Making meaningful links with
other subjects in the curriculum provides opportunities to
reinforce and extend learning, both in the new language and in the
It is vital that children are given ample
chance to use the new language during the week if they are to make
good progress. Bringing the new language into elements of other
lessons is an effective way of making use of time available in the
curriculum, without compromising learning in any subject.
For example, a warm-up activity in PE could be
conducted entirely in Spanish. This develops children’s listening
and comprehension skills in Spanish whilst also achieving the
objective of warming up for the main physical activity.
Teaching a whole lesson (a science
lesson, for example) through the medium of the new language is
known as Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and is
addressed in more detail on the CLIL
- Do you use the new language in any other areas of
the curriculum already? If so, how? If not, where do you think
would be a good place to start?
- What do you feel are the benefits and
challenges of linking languages with other subjects in the
Mental maths activities can be a good place to
begin integrating language, for example with numbers, simple
calculations, colours and shapes.
Have a look at your weekly lesson plans for
maths to see where the new language might be used effectively.
Which of the mental starters might you be able
to conduct just as effectively in the new language? Number loop
games work very well when conducted in the new language, as do
‘Show me’ quick fire activities using number fans.