English as an Additional Language
Almost 60% of our children have English as an Additional Language (EAL). 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. The EAL Team is led by Mrs Ruth and ably supported by Mrs Bern in Year 2, Mrs Pratsis in Year 1 and Mrs Goddard in Reception.:
Every year in November we have an International Week and each child enjoys taking part in workshops from around the world - painting, drumming, dance, mask making etc. The week includes an International Evening where parents and children dress up in their national costume, watch dance displays and enjoy homemade international food.
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 or being willing to present a short 5 minute assembly.
The school holds termly coffee mornings for EAL parents.These offer an opportunity for EAL parents /carers and staff to meet and support each other. These coffee mornings also often focus on a particular topic that EAL parents would like to know more about.
If you require help with translating or understanding the letters and emails we send home please contact the school office and we will try and put you in touch with someone within our community who will help you.