English as an Additional Language
Team led by Jackie Heard (Inclusion Manager)
Almost 60% of our children have English as an Additional Language (EAL) and our children and adults speak over 40 different languages.
We are truly an international community and we celebrate the richness of our cultural and linguistic diversity.
Throughout the year, we celebrate the major festivals and welcome the help of parents in preparing assemblies - either by bringing in artifacts, supplying special clothes, teaching us new songs or being willing to present a short 5 minute assembly.
Our wonderful parents have established a buddy system to support new families. This has been very successful in helping parents get used to the daily and termly school routines through linking families who speak the same language and this has often led to great friendships being formed.
November is our International Month and each child is encouraged to do a project at home about their family’s country or countries they visit regularly.
Parents are also invited to teach us about their home country and the children enjoy learning new facts about the different countries, on different continents around the world. The month includes International assemblies, where each class presents a song, dance or facts about a country they have been learning about.
The highlight of our International Month is our International Evening where parents and children dress up in their national costume, bring food, watch dance displays and musicians from around the world.
It is such a wonderful evening - as one of our teachers said….
“there is something really special about sharing home cooked food with the children and their families”.