We have some pupils in our school who have English as an Additional Language (EAL). Because of this, all our lessons are focused on teaching vocabulary and phrases to support children to be able to accurately explain their thinking and showcase their knowledge and understanding. We are a school who believe strongly in the power of oracy and all lessons and curriculum areas are planned considering children’s oracy skills and supporting deep and meaningful talk.
Children who come into the school at an early stage of English are supported through the use of visuals and language sessions to improve their English. A first language assessment may be made. We acknowledge the power and importance of listening to a new language and give children time to speak when they are ready. We offer a range of ways to record their learning so they are able to showcase their understanding of concepts even if their language is at an early stage. We believe that having the capacity to speak more than one language is a valuable asset and we always encourage parents to speak to their children in their mother tongue.
The governor’s vision is that all pupils overcome any barriers to learning and will ensure that the school uses the funding to assist any pupil, identified as underachieving, in order to improve learning outcomes.