Is your child used to speaking a language other than English?
It may seem quite daunting to go to school where the language spoken is different from the one you are used to speaking at home. However, there are many recognised benefits of being bilingual and a large number of children at St Gregory’s speak another language in addition to English, reflecting the diverse nature of our school, and our well established EAL department can help support in a variety of ways both in and out of the classroom.
The department is managed by the Inclusion Lead (Mrs Biddle). It also has two dedicated teaching partners, Mrs Winter who has a TESOL qualification (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Miss Kwiatkowska, whose first language is Polish who is bilingual. Mrs Prestifilippo, who is a native Italian and a speaker of Spanish, also spends some of her time supporting our EAL pupils.
How we work
The EAL staff work closely with class teachers to produce individualised programmes of support to ensure that the needs of children with English as An Additional Language are met. The needs of these pupils are reviewed through meetings with teachers and Parents/Carers. Specific meetings are arranged to support parents such as ‘Welcome to school’, ‘Secondary Transfer Meeting’ and ‘Helping your child with SATs’, in addition to workshops to increase parents’ awareness of the English and Mathematics curriculum, where appropriate.
How you can help
There are many ways you can support your child at home and we have provided some useful links at the bottom of the page which you may find useful. Sharing books and stories is a very simple, effective and enjoyable way of supporting your child. This can either be done in English, or in your family’s first language which will help maintain and develop it alongside his or her acquisition of English.
If your child primarily speaks a language other than English, we are here to help and if you would like to talk to one of the members of staff on the EAL team, please get in touch via the school office and we look forward to meeting you.
BBC Bitesize - Free KS1 and KS2 activities to support all subjects.
BBC - KS1 & KS2 - Activities to support all subjects.
Bell Foundation information for parents- Information for parents of EAL children, including pages about supporting their children at school, improving their own English, children’s rights and the English school system
Booklets for new pupils -Free school phrase books in a variety of languages to assist communication between school / pupil / home.
Emaths - Free maths dictionaries in a variety of languages.
Learn English Kids - LearnEnglish Kids is provided free of charge by English teaching experts, the British Council. There are lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children. For parents, there are articles on supporting children in learning English, videos on using English at home and information about face to face courses around the world.
Oxford Owl - Expert advice, educational resources and free eBooks to support children’s learning (English and maths) at primary school and at home from Oxford University Press.
The British Council - Songs, animated stories & activities.
World Stories -WorldStories is a free, growing, collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children.