In this morning's County Press, I was delighted to see the article Podcast has French lessons all rapped up about the Nine Acres Primary Podcasting Day. The response from pupils and parents has been very positive. Here are a selection of the comments so far from my blog and the NodehillFrench blog:
1. WoW! I was well impressed with you guys. Some great accents there! Keep up the good work. Mrs Forbes (Scotland)
2. Please pass on my congratulations to the Nine Acres gang I loved the podcast and hope it will be the first of many - I had better brush up my French as well : ) Paul Harrington
3. Hi Joe! as always your podcasts are a great inspiration to us all. I'm working on getting my GCSE oral questions online thanks to the flashmeeting you had last week.
Great stuff! Janet
4. My daughter Katie took part in the French Day and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were delighted to listen to the podcast online so we could share the experience with her. Thank you to everyone involved. Michelle
5. Cool. I loved it even though I have a headache. My sister katie did very well. Like my mum said, thank you to everyone involved. You all did very well. Well done.
Here is the article in full. Well done indeed.
A PODCAST of French words, rap and poetry set to music was created by pupils of Nine Acres Primary School thanks to the technical wizardry of a Nodehill Middle School teacher.
Joe Dale, Nodehill's head of foreign languages and one of only 14 teachers across the UK to be made a lead practitioner for The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, held a French music day for the youngsters.
With the help of Louis Henry, acting head of the IW Music Service, he worked with Year 3 pupils helping them read French poetry and crete French raps about the weather and the days of the week.
He helped them record the words and then in a separate session worked with Nine Acres' music pupils to record some accompanying music.
In the afternoon, Mr Dale edited the words and music and put them together in a radio-show-style podcast which is now available on the school's website www.nineacres.org.uk
Mr Dale said: "They really did well. So many of them have MP3 players so they will be able to download it and listen to their efforts and their parents will too. I want to encourage as many schools to do podcasts and blogging as possible. It really enhances pupil learning".