Welcome to the English As An Additional Language Class!
This year we have two EAL intervention classes:
There is a Key Stage 1 class for younger children who are developing their English phonics and vocabulary, or who are in their first year in England.
The main class is for Key Stage 2 children in their first or second year in England. We meet every morning for two hours and learn to speak, read and write English. The children also have a maths lesson which takes into account the complexity of language used in mathematics. This year we have children from Romania, Greece, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Portugal and Poland.
Over the summer holidays our classroom has been completely redecorated:
Zeus is our class hamster! Children from EAL class are allowed to take Zeus home for the weekend – if their parents agree – and he sometimes gets up to play in school time!
Trip to Warndon Library
We went on a trip to the local library – click here to see some photos!
Trip to Bowling
In order to improve our social use of language we went bowling – click here to see some photos!
We have been learning about fractions, to start we had a practical lesson looking at fractions of pizza! Why do pieces have to be the same size? Would 1/2 be bigger than 1/4?
Every year each child at Hollymount gets a free traditional English dinner. Since we come from different countries we have a different idea of what Christmas dinner looks like, so this is a good opportunity to see what happens in England!
Did you know that in Poland presents are opened in the evening and a traditional dinner is fish? Did you know that children from Romania and Poland also get presents in early December when they celebrate St Nicholas Day?
It is fun to see how celebrations in different countries share similarities but are also different!
In November we went on a class visit to the Hive (the large library in town) and met some of the librarians. Jane showed us round and shoed us books in different languages. Lori spoke Romanian and we also met a Polish librarian. We chose books and some of us had a go on the computers. Unfortunately we ran out of time and didn’t get everything done so we are going back in January!
We have been learning about glossaries as part of our non-fiction work on the explorer Robert Ballard. Watch this short video to find out more . . . . . .
Bishop Perowne Sports Morning
A big thank you to the staff and children at Bishop Perowne for inviting us to their EAL sports morning:
For more details, and lots of photos see our gallery page here.