English as an Additional Language.

English as an Additional Language

Language of the Term Lessons

At Heathfield Infant school we believe it is polite to take an interest in one another's languages. We value the different places of birth and culture of the children and their families and have introduced a Language of the Term.

Each term we have learnt a different language which has included Albanian and Polish. This term all of the classes from Reception to Yr2 have been learning Portuguese. Monia Shahdin who is a SMSA at our school has very kindly volunteered to come in each week to teach and help us pronounce the words and numbers in this language.

There are many reasons why we should know about one another's languages,

including the following:

  1. To give bilingual children the opportunity to demonstrate the language skills they bring to school
  2. To enhance the status of bilingual children
  3. To broaden the horizons of monolingual English speakers
  4. To show respect for other languages and cultures
  5. To give parents an opportunity to be actively involved in their children’s learning

Simi Pathal and Kim Perrin
EAL Team

Dual Language Books

At Heathfield Infant School we have a huge variety of dual language books in our library.

You can borrow a book each week on a Monday morning and keep for a week to read with your children.

Reading together every day helps children:

  1. Hear, learn and say new words
  2. Learn about your family's culture
  3. Gain confidence in a second language

Tips for sharing books in your home language::

  1. Use the pictures - talk about what is happening in them and the story
  2. Encourage your child by making lots of eye contact and smiles
  3. Make time each day to cuddle up with your child and share stories
  4. Have a quiet, quality time together - switch off your TV, radio, or mobile phone
  5. Your child may use English, but you can reply or repeat in your home language

Books Are Available To Borrow Every Week In The Following Languages:

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Greek
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Lithuanian
  • Mandarin
  • Panjabi
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serb-Croatian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Tamil
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
We have a huge variety of dual language books in our library.