The Very Hungry Caterpillar

October 15, 2009
by Brenda Anderson

photo by Brenda Anderson

La Oruga Muy Hambrienta

Last term a class of Year 1 pupils from Woodseats Primary came to the CLC to perform a Spanish version of the much-loved children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Earle, with the help of year 7 pupils from Meadowhead.

This was the result of a coaching project at Woodseats which aimed to give primary teachers with little knowledge of a language the confidence to deliver language lessons.

Three Meadowhead pupils read the story in Spanish whilst the year 1 pupils acted it out with fabulous props and costumes. The performance was watched by th remaining year 7 pupils back at Meadowhead via video-conferencing. This was followed by a question and answer session and a Spanish song.

Señora Goulden, the year 7 teacher said, “From my point of view, this was a really enjoyable experience. I was delighted to see so many talented linguists working together and very proud of the achievements of all those involved!”

Her thanks go to Señor Fernandez, Señorita Cassou, Señora Lewis and Señor Sockett at Meadowhead School, to Señora Millbank at Woodseats and the staff at the CLC.

ICT Ideas to Inspire!

October 13, 2009

Interesting ways to use software and online tools

Ideas to Inspire is a great website  that collates a number of collaboratively created presentations on the use of ICT in the classroom. The ideas have all been suggested by teachers and other educationalists, based on tried and tested projects. There are suggestions on using specific software and online webtools, items of hardware, and subject specific ideas – suitable for all key stages, though with a slight bias to KS1 and 2.

For example there are 40 interesting ways of using a Pocket Video Camera in the classroom, 24 ways to use Google Earth, and 23 ways to use a Nintendo DS. You can also add your own ideas if you feel they are missing by mailing Mark Warner, who created the site.

To visit the site go to

Double Club – Learning English through Football

October 9, 2009

Double Club Blog

This term saw the launch of the Double Club at the CLC. Selected students from Newfield School spend time on a Thursday at the CLC doing English lessons, with all the resources based on football related themes, and each week there is a new team captain to lead the training. The club is an extension of the Playing for Success scheme based at the Sheffield United ground, and the students receive 2 hours of football training after school each week from United coaches.

The Club has been very successful so far, with students returning early from lunch to continue with the activities.

To see what the students have been learning, and how they feel about it, see the Double Club blog here.