EAL (English as an Additional Language)

Here at Wootton Primary School, we recognise, respect and celebrate the enrichment that linguistic and cultural diversity brings to our school community. With an inclusive approach, we strive to ensure that our pupils that have English as an additional language, are enabled to access our broad, balanced and relevant curriculum whilst being supported in their own knowledge and understanding of the English language.  

It is widely acknowledged that language develops best when used in a purposeful context. Our aim is to settle children that are in the early stages of learning English as quickly as possible into all aspects of school life using accessible resources and scaffolds in the classroom. We support and encourage them to engage in our full and rich curriculum alongside all of their peers with opportunities to grow and develop in equal measures: children and their families integrate fully into our school community. 

As a school, we are aware that learning a new language happens at different rates and that every child with English as an additional language will be starting from a different place and stage. We have high expectations of all of our children and therefore encourage them to aim high and to be curious, creative and courageous.

“Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language.” Frank Smith

Key Concepts

  • Acquire a wide vocabulary
  • An understanding of grammer and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage, write clearly, accurately and coherently
  • Adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences