English as an Additional Language
At Woodlands Primary School, we have more and more children arriving with English as an additional language (EAL). Our aim is to settle the children as quickly as possible, into school life; to encourage them to take part in the daily routines and structures, which will help them to develop, not only an understanding of the academic aspects of English, but the use of our language as a social interaction.
We are committed to being able to offer a curriculum which recognises the provision needed for the teaching of pupils for whom English is an additional language. We celebrate the fact that a rising number of our children speak more than one language, and acknowledge their ability to communicate using a variety of community languages.
At Woodlands, the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and wellbeing of all children are important. We encourage all children to achieve the highest possible standards and intend for children who use EAL to become proficient in the English language.
As a school we will value the diversity, culture, language and heritage of all pupils. We want children who use EAL and their families to feel included and supported in our school community.
Children who use EAL from Reception to Year 6 are assessed within the first half term of starting Woodlands to the school, using The Bell Foundation’s EAL assessment framework. This is used to establish a baseline assessment of the child’s English language proficiency. Children are they given an overall English Language proficiency band from A- New to English to E- Fluent.
If a child is not fluent in English then their teachers, support staff and the EAL leader work together to create a personalised, termly support program. The programs set targets and outlines any additional support each child needs to access ‘The National Curriculum’ or ‘Early Years Framework’ and support their English language development. The programs are reviewed each term, the children are re-assessed, new targets set and support programs updated.
Children who use EAL are immersed in our curriculum. Resources are evaluated so that they are fully inclusive, adapted to their learner’s needs and facilitate language development.
Because of our early, and ongoing intervention, children are supported in their learning, at appropriate levels at Woodlands Primary School. Our EAL assessment and monitoring procedures facilitate the children’s learning in all areas of the curriculum.
We are determined to create an inclusive culture of learning where all children will be challenged in their thinking, to achieve to the best of their abilities and strive to become life-long learners. Children who use EAL enrich our school community by sharing their cultures, religions, languages and experiences of the world.