Welcome to the English As An Additional Language Class!
This year we have three separate EAL intervention classes:
The first is for Key Stage 2 children in their first year in England. We meet every morning for an hour and learn to speak, read and write English. This year we have children from Romania, Greece, Syria, Portugal and Poland.
There are also two Key Stage 1 classes for younger children who are developing their English phonics and vocabulary, or who are in their first year in England. Currently children come from Poland, Italy, Russia, Romania & Pakistan.
In our first week as a class we have been learning colours, prepositions and basic classroom words, such as sharpener and ruler. It is important to know these words so we can get by in our mainstream classes. In pairs, we made our own memory games which we have really enjoyed playing together!
Days Of The Week
We are learning the days of the week in English. We played a game to try and learn the words then wrote them on cards. It was easy to order them when the days were displayed on the board but no so easy when we had to do it on our own!
Next week we are going on a class visit to Hanbury Hall. First though we had to see what it was like and which words we needed to describe it. Having looked through some photos we completed a puzzle of the hall. We had to use vocabulary such as garden, grass, roof, window, chimney, wall and door. It was not as easy as it looked!
Our visit to Hanbury Hall was great! There were 10 children, three mums and two teachers who all spent a lovely day exploring the grounds, house and park! We took turns with the cameras and ipads and took over 200 photos! Here are some of the best ones:
Thanks to the staff at Hanbury Hall for supporting our visit, Mrs Bristow for helping us all day, Mr Telford for driving the minibus and Miss Pritchard for getting the school National Trust Membership.
We will be writing about our visit, discussing the photos and writing thank you letters during our lessons for the rest of the week.
Houses & Homes
We have been learning the vocabulary used to talk about our homes. First we learnt the words for the outside of houses – window, chimney, roof, etc – then we learn the names of the rooms and some of the furniture. Then we learn the names for different types of houses and made some models – they were tricky to make!
Trip To The Hive
On Friday, 25th November we went to the library in Worcester, called The Hive. For photos and more details please click here.
We all enjoyed using the laptops to practise our joining words – and, because, so, but and or – on the bbc bitesize site. We worked well to support each other as we tried the very hard levels of the games!
We have been learning how to use speech marks in written English. We have learnt to put the name at either end of the sentence and how to punctuate the sentences using speech marks, commas and capital letters. Here are some videos we have made to show what we can do (please be aware that we are all writing in a foreign language and our spelling is still developing):
Trip To Little Acorns
On Friday, 10th February we went to Little Acorns in Worcester. As well have having lots of fun playing on the equipment we practised our social and English Language skills. We spoke to the lady at reception and to other parents and children while we were playing. It was a good trip!
The Princess & The Dragon
We have been using the app ‘Book Creator’ to retell the story of The Princess & The Dragon. In addition to retelling the story in English, we have learnt how to edit and present our work using different colours, fonts, backgrounds. We have practised using punctuation which we have recently learnt and used our speaking skills to record the story.
On Friday, 28th April the EAL class (and the EAL children in Y6) went for a meal at the Oak Apple. They ordered their own food and enjoyed spending time together.