Big Green Monster

What better way to develop and practise all the the body vocabulary that we have been learning than with Ed Emberley’s ‘Go Away Big Green Monster’…

We then made these fantastic plasticine versions…

What do you think?

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Have we included all of these things..?

Big yellow eyes

A long bluish greenish nose

a big red mouth with sharp white teeth

two little squiggly ears

Scraggly purple hair

And a big scary green face!!


Body Parts Lesson

Today we learnt all the different parts of the body.  We watched the following videos and then danced and sang along…

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

This is ME!! A fun recap of key vocabulary.

British Council Learn English Kids has a great video and learning resources – We love this song!!

Then we reinforced all of the target vocabulary with a great App called Fun English Language Learning Games for Kids.  It covers a range of different topics.   Clown Face names all the parts of the face which you touch to colour in.  The Juggler does the same with body parts, all the time repeating the target vocabulary. The Gorilla game gets the students to spell out the different body parts.  Our favourite game was Monster Match which is an observation game, the children have to recall the eyes, ears, legs, feet etc of the monster.  The children worked well as a team to decide who was going to focus on the different body parts.

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Then we played our own version of the Gorilla Spelling Game with these letter tiles:


Then we wrote out all of the words we had learnt on post-it notes and stuck them all over ourselves!!

We had so much fun!!!

Colours with Young Learners

Here are some resources and ideas for teaching colours to young learners:

Catchy and easy-to-sing-along-to.


I can sing a Rainbow


Use Director’s Chair’s video to recap vocabulary and then check understanding.  We used Show-Me boards to write the colours down.

We created a rainbow with coloured material and added the Show-Me boards…


Then the students made posters to take home:

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Hello Goodbye

Here’s our version of The Beatles ‘Hello Goodbye’.  We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed performing it…

We began the lesson with this easy to follow version:

We wrote all the keys words on Show-Me boards and placed them around the room.  Then we listened again and ran to the different words when heard them.  This was very hectic but lots of fun!!

What a fun lesson to start the term!

Six Word Story into Sixty Second Movies

Cine Club Challenge!!


So our budding directors face the first of their Cine Club challenges…

To turn a six word story into a sixty second movie!

After watching the above video we discussed the difficulties of creating conflict, action and resolution in only six words.  We then turned our attention to the following 6 word stories that we found at  We tried to imagine them as movies; what genre would they be? what music would you use? etc…?

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Won lottery yesterday. Son died today.

Another drink couldn’t hurt… Three dead.

Question asked. Negative reply. Ring returned.

Last man alive. Gameboy! …No batteries!?

She smiled. His wallet was empty.

Rogue red sock dyed the whites.

Big mistake: Eternal life. Bad wish.

Job application. Skills? World of Warcraft.

Jobless. Homeless. Hopeless. Lifeless. Game over.

Finally, phone rings. She squeals! …Telemarketer.

Man steals some watches. Gets time.

With bloody hands, I say good-bye.

Home late. Doors locked. I’m caught.

“The money’s mine. The bullet’s yours.”

Sneezed hard! Wig gone. Date left.

Virtual Friends, Best Friends. Meet? Awkward!

“I love you.” Mis-sent text message.

Served the pie, watched him die.

Will this do (lazy writer asked)?

Sounded much better in my head.

Students are currently at the pre-production phase; sharing ideas, planning and storyboarding.

The rules of the challenge are simple:

  • The story has to come from a six word story
  • These six words have to feature in the movie
  • The movie has to be sixty seconds


Camera Angles – Introductory Lesson

The objective of the first lesson was to introduce students to the names of camera angles and to get them thinking about their effects. The task was to choose 6 camera angles, compose them and label them.  We used an App called Pic Collage which was very straight-forward to use.


I’m really pleased with how both examples show that our budding directors have already started thinking about narrative and Mise-en-scene.

Cine Club

Cine Club begins tomorrow with an introduction of Camera Angles and their effects. Here’s a little taster to whet your appetite…