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CLIL for Subjects Primary 17-18

Our course for bilingual teachers CLIL for Subjects is about to finish.  We have shared two face to face sessions on 30th January and 28...

miércoles, 23 de mayo de 2018

Laura Fernández y Diego García

Your task: Plan a cross-curricular mini-project. Your mini-project should incorporate some of the techniques you have seen on the course so far. Complete the table below.

Topic and project title
Bees make honey.
Your subject area: How will the project fit with your subject?
In English, we are in the didactic unit of the farm, so we decided that our mini-project was going to be related with it, focusing on the bees, how they work, and their importance in our planet.
Who are you doing the project with?
The subjects that are going to be included in the mini-project are English, Arts and Music (which are our bilingual subjects).
Learning objectives
To know about bees, how they live and work to make honey.
The importance of bees in our planet.
There is…/There are…
Abstract art
Know different types of music.

Anticipated problems (and solutions)
Make flashcard with the vocabulary they will need to express themselves.
Find a big wall to make the drawing.

Teach your mini-project. Reflect on how it went. Be prepared to give feedback.

Group and date taught

2º Primary, 20th and 21st February
What did you do?

-Question: What would happen if bees disappear of the planet? (driving question). They have to go home and ask their parents, or find information with them, so in the next lesson, we start giving different answers to the question.
-We start answering the question, and they draw their answer in a piece of paper, so we can have them in the class.
-Video: Bees make honey (Oxford Rooftops- 2nd Primary). We show them flashcards with some of the words of the video ( four words: flower, bee hive, bee keeper, honey). We also bring honey to taste it.
-With a screen of the video, we  use “See, think, wonder” to let them talk about the video. We also work “there is.... “ “there are....” structures. We have the structures on the wall, so they have to use them to explain the picture.
-Activities about the video. Think, pair, share technique.
-Related to bees, we are going to listen to the “Flight of the Bumblebee”, and ask them what do they think about it.
-To finish, we are making an abstract drawing. They have to imagine that they are bees flying while they listen to music, and they have to represent the flight with different colours in a  big piece of paper.
What went well

Motivation because of a different way of learning.
They worked really well in groups.
They were really interested on the topic, and wanted to learn more about it.

Reflection for future practice
What needed improvement/changes and why

We realized that we could have extended the mini-project, and involve some other subjects. For example, we can use this topic to make maths problems, we can make a bigger investigation in science, even if it is not a bilingual subject, ...
Working in groups is still difficult for them, because they start talking to each other before thinking the activities on their own.
We were a bit short of time.
What would you change considering level,  age or other factors

In higher levels, we would increase the difficulty of the structures used and the amount of vocabulary.
They would also have to find information about bees on their own, from a list of web pages given by the teacher.
Instead of drawing the answers, they would have to write it down.

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