EAL Coordinator - Mrs Stanley

EAL Teaching Assistant- Mrs Hare & Mrs Charalambous


As parents, you should feel comfortable speaking to your children in the language they feel most confident with.

Here are some ways you can help your children to develop speaking at home.


Real Life Situations (to provide rich learning opportunities)

Maths: counting money during shopping trips/ working out the change

            calculating measure e.g. when cooking/ baking recipes, measuring walls if renovating,

            measuring lengths of new curtains etc.


Science: noticing the changes of state during cooking such as melting, reversible/ irreversible changes,

              mixing, combining.


Reading: reading together any language stories, letters, newspapers, pamphlets, road signs etc.


Writing: for real purposes eg) letters to relatives/ friends in other places, creating a treasure hunt with

             clues. (Writing can be in any language your child feels most confident with)


Listening: listening to audio books can be a valuable way to engage children in texts above their current

             reading age. Audio books can also help parents learn English and can be something you and

             your child can do together. Audio books demonstrate a clear model of English.


Speaking: speaking with your child at home is essential. There are many activities that can be carried out at home to encourage speaking such as barrier games, debating a point, interviewing a family member, even discussing a TV programme where you can predict the ending/ discuss the good and bad characters.