Yesterday, I had the pleasure of podcasting with a group of seven and eight year old pupils from Nine Acres Primary School in Newport as part of my Languages and Creative Learning Lead Practitioner work for The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. The idea of the project was to produce a podcast which imaginatively built on what they had been learning in class and featured the pupils speaking, singing and rapping in French.
This was very much a collaborative effort and the podcasting team assembled for the day included:
- Judith Stinton, Deputy Head and Music Coordinator
- Louis Henry, Acting Head of the Music Service on the Isle of Wight
- Teresa Williams, Yr3 French teacher
Being able to plan and collaborate our ideas in the morning before meeting the children, paid dividends and allowed us to draw on each other's strengths and inspirations. The volunteer pupils all rose to the high expectations we put upon them and as a result, improved their pronunciation and confidence in the process.
The recording took about three hours to complete from start to finish and about the same time to edit in Audacity. In the last part of the podcast, you can hear the pupils describing their thoughts and feelings of their experience while being accompanied by Yr4 guitarists and their teacher, Andrew Steed. Have a listen to what Louis and Judith had to say too.
The day was an undoubted success and I was delighted that Nine Acres agreed to host the podcasting project. Not only do they offer French in Yr3 and have a very good reputation for music, they also are our main feeder school. I am now hoping that the link that was forged yesterday as a result of the project will allow us to collaborate further in the future. Exciting times.