Juggling and learning a foreign language might seem like disparate skills, but both require perseverance and allow for mistakes – if you drop the ball, you just pick up where you left off.
It’s an interesting metaphor to discuss with pupils but, as this lesson plan demonstrates, the connections can go far beyond this.
Using the circus as a context, language learning can be made to feel more authentic. It gives KS2 pupils the opportunity to speak spontaneously and to manipulate the vocabulary they have already mastered – two skills that should be at the heart of language lesson planning.
In this learning sequence, devised to last three lessons, communication is purposeful and not just an exercise in practising how to say your name and age – again.