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Blenhein Primary School

ENGLISH as an additional language

What is EAL?

At Sheringham, we welcome and value the cultural, linguistic and educational experiences that pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) bring to our school. We recognise and give status to children’s skills in their own language(s) and acknowledge the time it takes to become fluent in an additional language. EAL is a term used when referring to pupils whose main language at home is a language other than English. At Sheringham, our aim is to work together to meet the full range of needs of the children.  

How do we support?

To enable us to direct the correct support for individual children we assess the skills and needs of pupils with EAL on admission and provide appropriate provision according to their needs.  

When children join our school they are initially assessed using a language programme called Rosetta Stone to see if they have EAL needs and their levels of need and proficiency are recorded.  At Sheringham, we know that the best way for a child to learn English is to support their learning in a structured way. We have 3 EAL trained members of staff giving language support each day to small groups of targeted children both out of class and in class support.  Each child has an action plan for targeted outcomes and they are assessed at the end of each cycle (6-8 weeks) when the input comes to a close. The interventions are improving children's knowledge and understanding of the English language and this also aims to give the children a word bank of common English words and language structure.


In addition to Rosetta Stone we use bilingual talking books from Mantra Lingua to aid their learning.


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Graph to show languages spoken in our school (April 2018).











How can you support this learning at home?

  • Talk to your child in English as much as possible, but also in home language so they recognise speech.
  • Go to the library and borrow dual language texts that you can read together
  • Watch English television programmes which will broaden their vocabulary.
  • Use Google translate or other translating websites to read in home language and English
  • Encourage your child to have friends in and out of school
  • EAL websites
  • Rosetta Stone - children who are currently having EAL interventions will be able to access Rosetta Stone from home using their own login details,