EAL (English as an Additional Language)
Welcome to the EAL department!
Led by Mrs Kerr-Wilson
Gloucester Road Primary School’s English as an Additional Language (EAL) department works in partnership with children, teachers, parents / carers and other agencies to ensure equality of opportunity through the process of inclusion. Support of pupils with English as an Additional Language aims to develop pupils’ abilities to understand and communicate effectively in speech and writing in the English language when the pupil has been exposed to other language/s during early development and continues to be exposed to them in the home or community.
Information about the department
In the EAL department, we support children in developing the English language skills they need for learning. We work with children from Nursery up to Year 6, supporting their vocabulary and grammar acquisition in fun, creative and interactive ways.
Lessons include storytelling, film-making, flashcard games, grammar activities, sentence writing and comprehension work. Parents can support their children by reading with them in their first language. We also have a range of picture books in children's first languages in school, which they can also listen to with our Talking Pens.
We would like to welcome you to our school in a few of the languages we can speak.
Playing Games to learn vocabulary
The children in the EAL group interviewed each other about the importance their languages play in their lives. Some children have only been speaking English for a few months, while others are growing in confidence at expressing themselves multilingually.
The EAL policy is available to read here.
Progression of skills
The language ladder showing the progression of skills is available to read here.
The EAL action plan is available to read here.
Work during self-isolation
Hello all Multilingual speakers! If you find that you need to self-isolate at home, make sure you do lots of reading in both your home language and in English.
If you are looking for ways to improve your English, there are lots of games and activities here: British Council LearnEnglish Kids
EAL Hub have a great website for home learning. There are lots of activities and resources for you to improve your vocabulary, reading comprehension and grammar.
There are also some fun English language games here: ESL games plus
If you are interested in learning some words in a different language, check out this great website from Newbury Park primary school.
Wow English TV has got stories and songs for learning English too.
Take care of yourselves and your families and I look forward to seeing you very soon. Mrs Kerr-Wilson