Primary Events and CPD

ALL Primary Calligram celebration – in early 2024

The ALL Primary SIG invites you to get your class to be creative with the language they are learning!

Each school that enters will receive an ALL certificate, and we are planning to compile a digital collection of some of the most striking calligrams!

Just over a hundred years ago, at the end of the First World War, the French poet Guillaume Appollinaire published a set of poems called Calligrammes in which he used ink and fonts to draw recognisable shapes with connected words. You can locate examples by searching for ‘Calligrammes’ online.

We are now inviting Primary children to make their own caligrams, using words and/or phrases they have learnt in any language other than English. The words might draw the outline of the image, or fill in the silhouette of the image. The key things are that they should be related to the image, they should be easy to read (neat and not over-elaborate), and they should be spelled correctly.  They can be created by hand or with a computer.

Please click here for more information.

To submit an entry form, please click here. Forms are to be returned as attachment to [email protected], with max. 3 entries in each age category per school.


By clicking the button below you will be taken to our Event Calendar. One which you can find an assortment of ALL events that are relevant or suitable for Primary teachers. Some events are cultural or language related special days, some are ALL events or events run by external bodies involved in language teaching or learning.
Once viewing the Event Calendar, simply click on the event to find out more details about each event.

More support for Primary Languages

How to set up a Primary Hub

Please click here to find out how to set up a Primary Hub.


PHOrum is the Primary Hub Online

This is a termly online meeting for ALL members and in particular Primary School members, although everyone is welcome to take part. It is free of charge for ALL members and is held via Zoom. Meetings are held on a Wednesday or Thursday 4.00 – 5.30pm.

The format is:

- Meet-and-greet – breakout rooms for chat and networking
- ALL Primary MFL Roadshow - latest news and updates
- Presentation 1  - 25 minutes on a primary theme followed by 5 minutes of questions
- Presentation 2 - 25 minutes on a primary theme followed by 5 minutes of questions

Details of the next PHOrum are in the Forthcoming Events lower on this webpage.

The presentations will be recorded and available to ALL members after the event. To access these recordings, follow the 'view here' link in 'Video Resources' below.

If you are interested in delivering a presentation at one of the future meetings, we would be delighted to hear from you – primary themes from classroom practitioners are particularly welcome and we are keen to offer experience of presenting to new faces. Please complete the online form with your suggestions – PHOrum proposal

If you have any queries about PHOrum, please contact the coordinator – Sue Cave - Email

ALL Video Resources

ALL are proud to present their new video resources page. Click the button below to view video resources from Conferences, Events and Member Opportunities.

Forthcoming Events


Next PHOrum Meeting
Wednesday 6th March 2024
4.00pm – 5.30pm
Book a place here

Miriam Paridjanian – Primary French – practical ideas and tips
Miriam will share some of her teaching experience and give examples of practical, fun and easy ideas to be used in the primary classroom. Speaking activities, pen pals and the famous Rosendale sac magique; find out how to enliven and revitalise your primary languages class with minimal effort and maximum results.

Cara Parkhurst – What’s in a song?
Going back to basics. Exploring how to motivate learners through songs to support phonics, grammar and cultural awareness whilst encouraging multilingual children to share their home language(s). Exploring purposeful language that can be embedded into the classroom and support more spontaneous language use.

Recent Events

Southern Primary Languages Show 2019

This year saw ALL’s Primary November with the 4th edition of NPLS (Northern Primary Languages Show) and the first ever SPLS organised by Sue Cave on behalf of ALL, supported in the administration by ALLNE and a host of local teachers as presenters!

Here are perspectives from different people attending. Congratulations to all for a great day, and especially to Sue for her commitment.

Exhibitor – Francesca and Paolo Pini – Language Angels:
From the very first email communication with Sue we could tell that the conference would be impeccably organised and worthwhile to attend. Sue had a very clear vision of what she wanted to achieve and she definitely did so with great success.

Leading up to the conference we were kept in the loop about everything that was happening on the actual day and Sue made sure everything ran smoothly – indeed exactly as planned and expected.  it was a delight to see so many exhibitors in the space and so many attendees happily walking around. There was a real buzz on the day and attendance for a Saturday was nothing short of astounding.

We had lots of interest and visits to our stand, so it was an extremely worthwhile conference for us to attend. We were able to demonstrate our product and talk at length about what we offer as the breaks were long enough. More importantly, we found that the attendees who were mostly primary subject leads (specialist and non-specialists) were excited and enthused about primary languages and were buzzing as they came out from the workshops. They were interested to walk around the exhibition hall and see what was on offer. There is a genuine, renewed energy for teaching languages at primary school level and the attendees were talking about the actual teaching of languages and how to incorporate all the ideas they were picking up in the workshops into their lessons once back in class the following week. There was a real sense of “team” on the day.

There was no standing around at this conference! We sincerely hope it is now a permanent fixture on the calendar.

Presenter – Angela Smith – Stafford Leys Primary School:
A chance encounter with Sue Cave at Language World 2018 led to me being invited to present a workshop at the inaugural Southern Primary Languages Show, which was held recently at the Holt School in Wokingham. Having taught Primary French for almost fifteen years, I had plenty of experience of standing in front of a class (30) – or sometimes a whole school (620) – of children, but had never presented to a room full of adults! However, I know how friendly and supportive linguists tend to be, so I decided to open myself up to a whole new experience and present a workshop sharing ideas for using free and low-cost resources to support language learning.

I travelled down with my friend and colleague, Ellie Chettle-Cully, leaving Leicester well before dawn, and arrived in good time to be met by Sue and the aroma of coffee and croissants. As a first-time presenter, I was slightly nervous, my main worries revolving around the timings and the technology. In the event, my fears were unfounded and everything went smoothly due, no doubt, to Sue’s excellent organisational skills. My workshop was well-received and, afterwards, I was able to relax and enjoy the other sessions and the exhibition.

On reflection, I am so pleased that I decided to accept the invitation; I gained a lot from the experience. Presenting to adults was not as daunting as I thought – in fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was able to attend four other sessions – Writing, Games. Speaking and Primary Latin – all of which were very stimulating. I left with a plethora of ideas to try out, some of which I am sure I will be able to use both to improve my own practice and to pass on to colleagues at our next ALL Leicester Primary Hub meeting in December.

Delegate – Emily Marshall – Sandy Lane Primary, Bracknell:

When I first heard that the wonderful Sue Cave was planning to organise a Languages Show in the South of England, I was delighted! I’d always been keen to get to the shows further North but childcare has always been tricky for me. Then when I heard that it was to be in my home town of Wokingham and that I could literally walk to the event, to say I was overjoyed would be an understatement!

From the moment I stepped through the door, it was clear that the day was going to be a hit; a warm welcome, a goodie bag, tea and coffee flowing and an array of exhibitors to chat to about resources, as well as picking up some freebies! There was such an interesting choice of talks on offer, it was actually very difficult to choose which one to attend for each of the five sessions. As a Germanist it was a real treat to be able to attend some German based sessions on authentic resources and listening skills. The transition between the sessions was very smooth and punctual. All the talks I attended were thoroughly enjoyable, informative and very well planned. Lots of fantastic new ideas to take away with me.

I left the show feeling thoroughly inspired, grateful for the opportunity to network and mix with like-minded individuals, new contact numbers in my phone and my bags full of discounted purchases from the fantastic exhibitors. A huge thank you to Sue Cave for such a well organised event and I’ll keep everything crossed in the hope that there will be another one next year!

Readers can keep up-to-date with plans for a future event by watching their weekly ALLNet message for notifications (ALLNet is an ALL member benefit).  Sue Cave can be contacted at [email protected]

Presentations Online

International Durham hosted its Primary languages event 2020 online on July 1, 2020 You can access presentations here :

From Language Angels on progression 

Nathalie Paris on Puppets and story

Martina Schwartz on Songs

Learning from the MOOC

Safe Language Partying Through The Pandemic !

Helena Edwards


So how do you cheer yourself up on a grey and miserable Lockdown October weekend in Liverpool.......?

Surely there could not be no better activity than  to join what felt like a National Zoom Languages Party Online! This is exactly what happened this October weekend, thanks to Steven  Fawkes and Sue Cave. Together Steven and Sue organised ALL's  Primary Language Conference Online, incredibly enough - and what an event  it was!

From the comfort of their own homes, Language Teachers up and down the country all logged in to be entertained, enthralled  and bewitched by some of our country's finest from the Language Teaching world.

The pandemic is bringing a lot of things to a halt right now but for teachers and schools the show really must go on and everybody who signed up to ALL's Primary Languages Event definitely had any Covid fatigue quickly swept away!

Whether you wanted to find out if your teaching is hitting the right buttons with regards to Ofsted , or your lessons are including the right kind of fun phonic guidance or is your magical story telling keeping the children adequately engaged, it was all there at the touch of a button! There was culture … and songs and poems galore. Not to mention crucial grammar and vocabulary building techniques. The online event  was jam-packed with useful tips and hints to see us all through these difficult Covid times.

There were even cleverly allocated Break-out Rooms which made the event feel like you were having a real cuppa, biscuit and a chinwag with like-minded enthusiastic Language Teachers.

When it was time to log out, the only question on everybody's LIPS (see what I did there 😉 was .....'When is the next one please  ALL?!'


Some other feedback on ALL's first Primary Language Conference Online (ACAPULCO for short) 17/10/2020

Many, many thanks for the fabulous day today- it was very informative and enjoyable

It really was a wonderful event, made all the more positive by the enthusiasm of delegates.

There really seemed to be a great buzz - even remotely. A great day!

Today was amazing - a really positive ALL family experience.

Great day, A* for the organisation and hosting.  Really upbeat, positive event.

'You can read more here about what ALL members new and old loved about this Zoom conference.

Chat from ACAPULCO 2020

The Chatroom at ACAPULCO was buzzing with Primary Language teachers exchanging ideas and references. This edited version  captures the flavour. 

PHOrum Meetings

PHOrum Meetings


A link to recordings of presentations at recent PHOrum meetings will be available soon. To access these recordings, follow the 'view here' link in 'Video Resources' above.



 - ACAPULCO 2021

The theme of ACAPULCO 2021 is ‘An ambitious primary languages curriculum’ and the keynote speaker is Clare Seccombe.

The exciting programme of talks include:

An Ambitious Primary Languages Curriculum - Clare Seccombe

Subject Coordination for Success - Kate Percival

Bringing Order to Chaos - Vicky Cooke

Not another worksheet, Miss! - Lisa Stevens

An ambitious primary languages curriculum for all - Ellie Chettle Cully

Making assessment in languages ambitious and achievable - Marie Allen

To view the detailed programme and to book a place please
click here.

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