This week our teaching and learning mission was to focus on avoiding the so-what effect. The department all approached this differently: asking year 7 why learning numbers was useful, explaining to year 11 why their learning for that lesson was necessary for their GCSE and discussing why languages were relevant to students' own lives.
This week, the mission is to use a song as part of a learning activity. I have given suggestions as to the sorts of things staff might do. Many are already familiar with using gap fills in songs to practice certain points of grammar, but this may be the only way they would use a song. Songs can be used with year 7 to practice pronunciation, with older years as a writing stimulus to write the next verse, to aid with new GCSE skills like translation, as a listening comprehension with multiple choice questions and to be performed off by heart. I'm sure there are many ways that songs can be exploited across different topics and year groups. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the department come up with, let me know if you try something different too!