This time last week, #ililc4 was into its final afternoon. The ideas were flying, the tweets were coming thick and fast, and the mutual support was almost tangible. Then we all returned to our different corners of the country to continue with normal life.
Something was to happen this week that was not "normal life", not normal in the world of primary languages at least. It started with a post to the CfBT Primary Languages forum on 8th February by Sue Cave, offering some differentiated attainment targets for the four years of Key Stage 2, for the new curriculum. Replies started to appear, gaining momentum to reach at least 40 by the end of the weekend. A theme quickly emerged. How could we support each other in the run up to September 2014 and beyond? Janet Lloyd, Lisa Stevens and I also discussed it on Twitter. Gradually we came to the conclusion that the best solution would be a shared wiki and a Flashmeeting to meet "face to face".
To that end, I spent Friday afternoon remembering how Wikispaces.com works and set up the Sharing Primary Languages wiki. It is a shared area for help and support as we approach September. Anyone can read it but you have to be a member if you want to add content.
Primary linguists. Building support.