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English as an Additional Language

 

Our Language of the Half Term is Mandarin/Cantonese or Hakka

Try saying hello, thank you or good bye. 

Watch and listen to two of our wonderful pupils who are speaking in their home language, Cantonese. 

Language of the Half Term.mp4

English as an Additional Language

 

Our language of the half term in Autumn was German. 

Try saying hello, thank you or good bye in German. 

Watch and listen to some of our super pupils speaking in their home language, German.

Numbers to 10 in German.mp4

 

 

EAL Intent

Gledhow Primary School
EAL statement of intent

Aim: Our school is a safe, happy and caring community supporting ambition and achievement for all.
Motto: Enjoying today; creating positive tomorrows

English as an Additional Language (EAL) refers to learners who have English as an additional language to their first language that they speak at home. At Gledhow we treat the diverse languages spoken at home as a source of enrichment to our school community. We aim to support individual children, from EYFS to Year 6, in developing their English language proficiency to ensure that they benefit from our ambitious curriculum, enabling them to enjoy their time in school and prepare them for their future. 

We aim for our pupils at Gledhow to feel safe, happy and cared for. For pupils who are learning English as an additional language, this includes recognising and valuing their home language and background. As a school, we are aware that bilingualism can be a useful learning tool and that all EAL pupils can make a valuable contribution to our school community. At Gledhow we celebrate this through our ‘Language of the Half Term’. Children are ‘Language Ambassadors’ and are celebrated as the experts they are in their home language. They are involved in the teaching of key phrases and greetings. This celebrates the diversity of languages spoken as well as developing the child’s confidence and these pupils make a valuable contribution to the whole school community. 

At Gledhow we aim for all EAL pupils to become fluent English speakers as quickly as possible. We use the Bell Foundation’s Assessment Tool to assess the children in their speaking, listening, reading and viewing and writing proficiency. We use this to support the pupils' next steps in learning and plan where additional support may be needed. EAL pupils can then attain the levels of achievement appropriate to their ability. This assessment tool is used regularly to check children’s progression and to update targets, enabling achievement our EAL learners. 

For pupils who are new to school, and to speaking English, we have a rigorous system to welcome them to Gledhow. Children quickly feel safe, happy and ready to learn. In addition to using the Bell Foundation Assessment we ‘buddy up’ the pupils with a peer and where possible, can speak the same home language. Children are supported through a visual timetable to take part in the daily routines and structures, which helps them to develop, not only an understanding of the academic aspects of English, but the use of English in social interactions. Other visual supports and pre-taught new vocabulary and given the opportunity to revisit vocabulary to embed learning. Parents are supported by having information translated into their home language. 

Throughout the school year we celebrate the diversity of our community and wider world. We ensure our curriculum is representative of our community and is diverse and inclusive. 

Children will leave Gledhow, not only having substantial improvement in their English language proficiency, but also independent, confident and successful learners. They will have made a positive impact to our school community and be ready to continue their learning journeys having known success and enjoyment, ready to achieve more in their futures.

 

 

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