English as an Additional Language (EAL)

At Boundary Primary School we celebrate our multicultural diversity. Some of our children come from homes where English is spoken as a second language. The range of languages spoken includes Polish, Latvian, Chinese and Hungarian.

EAL (English as an Additional Language) Support

‘I am very happy with the progress of my son. He came from a place where he never heard an English word and now he tries to speak English and it's all because of his teachers at Boundary. Thank you.’


Support at Boundary

Getting to Know the Pupils’ Needs

When a child joins our school, there will be an initial meeting with the parent/ carer to help us get to know the family, to understand the pupil’s starting point and context but most importantly, to get to know them as an individual.


We always try to find out about their personality, how proficient they are in their native language, their educational background (have they attended school before or have a educational needs or a disability (SEND) and how proficient the children’s parents are at speaking English. This helps us to identify the skills the pupil needs to develop in order to effectively access our curriculum.


The children in child’s class will spend some time learning about the culture of the country they are from and will learn phrases to help welcome the child.

Organising our Classrooms

We will seat new learners who have EAL with the most fluent English speakers in the class or with another EAL learner with the same first language, if the other pupil has a much higher fluency in English.

Support staff will work with pupils who have very low levels of English and will have had the appropriate training to help them effectively

Whole-class Activities

Class teachers will ensure that they are maintaining a high level of cognitive challenge while also allowing pupils to access the same content as the rest of the class. They will allow pupils to express their learning in a different way, for example by using:

  • Visual cues
  • Gap-fill exercises
  • Sentence frames
  • Word cards

Targeted Interventions

Learners with EAL will take part in whole-class teaching sessions as much as possible.

However, pupils benefit from a more focused small group language intervention. For example, learning the vocabulary and context that is needed for the main lesson.

Interventions are carefully planned so pupils aren’t missing out on other learning experiences. Music, art and PE, for example, are good social and language-learning opportunities.


Phonics and Reading

Pupils who can’t read or speak English will have phonics/reading lessons to teach them how to decode words, learn new English vocabulary and understand books suitable for their reading level.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office and a member of staff will be happy to help.

Useful Links

Games to Learn English

British Council – Kids Learn English

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