So, getting my year 11s to remember key verbs in different tenses is worse than trying to get blood out of a stone. In fact, give me a stone and I'd rather attempt to get blood out of it than attempt to coax the preterite tense of the verb "jugar" out of my bottom set. Honestly. It's that painful.
I've decided to go back to basics with a verb grid. My plan is to ask them to learn 2 verbs a week in 5 tenses (7 for Higher Tier pupils) all in the first person singular form. Although, ideally, learning verbs for more "people" would be ideal, with my foundation students it's just not realistic. Higher tier pupils all have the endings for the different tenses and are expected to be able to recognise and use them.
In class I'll be drilling the two verbs per week that I've asked them to learn, in the context of the topic that we're doing at the time and I'll also be recapping previous verbs in the following weeks for retrieval practice.
Let me know if you have any other ideas for using the verb grids in lessons!