Introducing the Present Perfect

Hello Year 6-

Here are a few videos to help you understand  how and when to use the present perfect in contrast to past simple.

Remember to keep revising your verbs in the past.

Click the images below to practice both the past simple and the present perfect.

Leave us a comment and let us know how you did!

Teacher and Lindley

What is your house like?

Hello Year 4-

We are going to talk about where you live!  But first, some vocabulary.  Watch the videos below:

Now click on the images below to practice.

Leave us a comment when you do the exercises! Have fun.

Teacher and Lindley

The Long A sound


Hello Year 3 and Year 4-

Here are some videos to help you revise all the ways the letter can sound when we talk about its long sound – the same as its name.

We hope you enjoy the videos and that they help you with spelling!

Sing and revise as often as you like!

Enjoy. Lindley and Teacher

A quick revision of the basics

Hello Year 4-

Here is a quick revision of the basics for you.  Watch the videos and click the links to practice!

(Pincha para acceder las actividades.)

Have fun!

Lindley and Manolo



Ever wonder why English spelling is difficult?


This video falls into the category of FYI (for your information) and may help to explain why English can be a difficult language to learn in terms of spelling.

Understanding the background of English also makes the case for «deep learning» of  English phonics, so that students have a variety of tools to help them master this tricky language.

We hope you enjoy the video.

This next link gives very concrete examples of just why English is confusing.

So, the method we are currently using at Alquería is a method of synthetic phonics.  For more information, please see this entry from our colleague in the preschool explaining the initial stages of synthetic phonics.


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