Small people are quite nice really. A day with a lovely 6th year class has restored my faith in the youth of tomorrow. These kids were so good, I could hardly believe it.
I’ve witnessed some excellent teaching today, and I was pleasantly surprised with the sophistication of some of the concepts they were taught – such as narrative structures, grammar, design and technology and a pretty sophisticated French grammar, such as the difference between ‘en’ and ‘au’ before a country. This is a pretty fine distinction. The problem here is that the teacher not only had gaps in his knowledge, he didn’t really speak french. I think if they really want primary schools to cover MFL properly it would be a good plan to get some subject experts in to teach it.