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English as an Additional Language

Children who have English as an Additional Language are supported by our EAL teachers. When children come to the school their English language support needs are assessed and, if support is necessary, they are placed in the appropriate group.


Each child’s individual language development is tracked and this information is shared with their class teachers. Support may be given in the classroom or in another room and children usually work in small groups.

As children progress provision is adapted or withdrawn.

Camilla & Susie



Using real life objects with English Language Learners

Inspiring questions: Whenever I use objects during my English lesson, I am surprised by how many questions I get. With an object in hand, a student can ask a question with limited vocabulary. For example, holding a flower, a student can point and ask “What’s that?” and communicate with only two words. Objects provide an alternative to questions and offer children who are new to English lots of vocabulary.

Here is a simple language object activity with two Year 1 students (new to English - 6 months of EAL)

I place on the table a tray with different objects. I then ask the children to choose an object they like.

Ane chooses a shell.  “Shell, is from the beach” (she holds shell to ear) “listen to the water of the beach”

Matteo chooses a ball.  “Ball,  it can bounce” (I was pleasantly surprised to see he knew that word!) “I can do this” (he squeezes the ball) “it’s red”


I ask them to choose another object.

Ane: “A paintbrush, I can paint.”

Matteo: “Socks, you can dress”

Ane chooses a straw, she blows into it. “For the milk”

Matteo then chooses a pinecone “It’s can the trees”

Ane: Fall down of the tree?

Matteo: “yes!”


I then did the same activity with some Year 1 students who are slightly more familiar with English.

Chiara:- I got a pigna, how do you say in English?

Me :- Pinecone

Chiara:- Here is sharp


Francesca picks up the straw.

Francesca: “I don’t know, pitillo (in Spanish)

Me: “straw”

Francesca: “sometimes you can do music, you can feel the air”


Spartaco: “This a bag”. If you go somewhere, you can get something. It feels soft.

Matteo: “Shell, it can hurt, you do zak (makes a cutting action)

Me: “Is it sharp?”

Matteo: “Yes, it’s special because first is animal inside, it can walk (does action with fingers) then it die the animal and then is only a shell.”


The use of real life objects that students can touch, feel and even smell is the most effective way to teach vocabulary.  


Primary EAL teacher