Language Magnet Programme
"Language Magnet provides primary schools with an easy-to-follow KS2 language course for French that can be delivered by non-specialist teachers without compromising on quality. The curriculum is split into 12 modules (3 per year group) and provides a comprehensive set of resources: teacher guides, module overviews, detailed lesson plans, presentations, activity sheets, assessment resources, games and more. The lesson plans are really easy to follow – they clearly set out which presentation slides or activities are required for each part of the session. The lesson presentations are excellent and, helpfully, include audio buttons beside each phrase for pronunciation support. The scheme offers very good value for money and is a fantastic solution for primary languages.
J. Coxhead, Deputy Head and Teach Primary Awards Judge 2019
"The accessible planning materials and resources, including interactive slides (with built-in audio for pronunciation), vocabulary lists and worksheets, will enable even the least confident primary languages teacher to deliver high-quality Spanish lessons. The helpful ‘skills check’ sheets, provided at the end of each module, are a useful assessment tool but also allow teachers to quickly check prior learning and coverage in earlier modules, identifying content for retrieval activities. The structure of the scheme is carefully thought through. As each session is just 30 minutes, the scheme is well-suited to a busy primary curriculum and, at less than £40 per module, offers excellent value for money.
J. Coxhead, Deputy Head and Teach Primary Awards Judge 2020
"I've worked for many years as a language advisor myself so this is why, as a Headteacher, I am investing in Language Magnet. The scheme provides a strong framework for progression, not shying away from building key structures and developing grammar, enabling children to be creative with the language and become independent and spontaneous, which is crucial when learning a language."
L. Harvey, Headteacher and former National Language Advisor
"Diana has brought languages to life at Castlefort! Her guidance and support in developing our MFL curriculum and approach
to teaching has been invaluable. Our pupils look forward to their weekly language lessons and participate with real enthusiasm.
I highly recommend her programme!"
J. Wilson, Headteacher
"When MFL was made statutory at KS2, the staff were worried about teaching French. The Language Magnet programme has made it simple. The easy to use resources are excellent and cover all areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as assessment. The support from Language Magnet gives staff the confidence they need to teach French. The proof of its success is several children choosing to have a conversation in French in front of their parents as it was something they were particularly proud of this year."
H. Pearcey, Headteacher
"Language Magnet has given our school a clear, well planned curriculum with easy to show progression and fantastic resources.
A primary school teacher's dream"
R. Grey, Headteacher
"Brilliant! The Language Magnet course and the support are excellent.Two years ago French was rarely taught across the school. Now, thanks to Language Magnet, it is taught weekly and it is taught well. We teach French from nursery to Year 6. Staff confidence in teaching French has increased greatly and it's all thanks to the scheme and the support from Diana.
L. Wright, MFL Co-ordinator
"Language Magnet is an engaging, interactive and progressive programme that enables all children to achieve their potential when speaking, reading, listening to and writing a modern foreign language. Resources are pitched well to each year group and the layout of the modules allows children the chance to practise earlier skills and embed them in many different ways. Our school is reaping the benefits of this exciting course with good results and a heightened enthusiasm for French."
C. Fletcher, MFL Co-ordinator
“The ‘Language Magnet’ programme is a fantastic scheme of work which provides all teachers with the capacity to teach a modern foreign language to a very high standard, regardless of their previous experiences and knowledge of the subject.
I would highly recommend the programme to all primary schools looking for an effective scheme that will both highly motivate and demonstrate outstanding progress of pupils’ understanding of language.”
G. Hawkins, Year 6 Teacher
“The Language Magnet programme is easy to follow, each module builds on the previous skills. It is clear through the plans what you are expected to teach and it has clear assessment criteria to follow. The worksheets fit the learning objectives exactly.”
KS2 Teacher, Lower Farm
"I have never had children pick up French like they are. There's something about this programme that means they are able to pick it up easily."
L. Clayton, Year 5 Teacher
Language Magnet Resources
“The Language Magnet resources are well designed to enable children of different language abilities to achieve well in every lesson. The presentations, in particular, are well thought out and designed to simplify masculine and feminine nouns and forms. The lesson plans are easy to follow and provide all the key teaching points that may crop up.”
G. Hawkins, Year 6 Teacher
"Brilliant resources that are easy to use and work really well in consolidating children's learning. A great programme that really sets pupils up well for secondary school!"
C. Kendall, Year 5 Teacher
“A fun, colourful and exciting way of learning French that all of my children enjoy. I am able to teach the language confidently and accurately, knowing I have all of the resources I need. The resources are clear, detailed and appealing for the children. They are really easy to use and understand and match the learning outcomes perfectly. Plans are very easy to follow and enable me to teach the lessons confidently. I would recommend this programme to any school.”
C. MacInnes, Year 6 Teacher
“Language Magnet has enabled me to become much more confident in my delivery of French lessons. The resources are easy to use and the pictures are familiar and consistent throughout the modules and activity sheets. The planning is clear and easy to follow.”
A. Sullivan, Year 3 Teacher
“I have previously done some French teaching but have found this programme much more accessible with better resources and easy to follow lesson plans. My class has thoroughly enjoyed learning French and I have enjoyed teaching it and feel more confident.”
N. Randle, Year 6 Teacher
"The lessons are very enjoyable for both the children and myself. Lessons are well planned and the resources are easily available."
R. Brown, Year 4 Teacher
"Language Magnet takes into account the varying needs of all teachers. There is good differentiation for pupils and teachers via the resources and support."
R. Pang, Year 1 Teacher
"Language Magnet has a range of resources for KS1 that can be adapted for different lessons and used for displays and working walls, which can be referred to during lessons."
L. Dobson, Year 2 Teacher
Language Magnet CPD Support
"Diana's CPD support is a magnificent resource to call upon in order to remove the difficulties of teaching an unfamiliar language. Having the opportunity to clarify pronunciation, vocabulary and grammatical issues with an expert is invaluable to primary school teachers.” G. Hawkins, Year 6 Teacher
“Language Magnet is a supportive programme that has really helped me to deliver French. I have felt supported and encouraged throughout delivering French lessons to my class and I am never afraid to ask a “silly” question!
I would definitely recommend.” N. Wilton, Year 4 Teacher
“The Language Magnet support has been vital in developing my own skills in French so I can deliver confident lessons myself.
My own skills are developing as each module is taught.”
N. Kinsey, Year 4 Teacher
“The support from Diana had provided me with lots of great strategies of how to incorporate French into day-to-day lessons and routines.”
C. Kendall, Year 5 Teacher
“My Year 1 class enjoy their language lessons. They are proud of their learning and they have become more confident when speaking the new vocabulary in front of each other. Diana is very supportive and I am now more confident within myself. ” G. Wolfe, Year 1 Teacher
“The support sessions are excellent. A very non-threatening situation where ideas and feelings are discussed. Throughout these sessions confidence and understanding of the topics are developed.” C. MacInnes, Year 6 Teacher
“Excellent! Working alongside Diana has developed confidence levels in all staff for planning and teaching French. It has also developed my confidence in co-ordinating French.”
L. Wright, MFL Co-ordinator
"Language Magnet supports and improves teaching and learning of MFL for all ages." L. Dobson, Year 2 Teacher
“As a student, the Language Magnet CPD has been great for my professional development and has been a great opportunity to extend and check my content knowledge and has helped me to evidence teaching standards.” S. Muller, Student Teacher