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English as an Additional Language

At Globe, we have a significant number of children who come from homes where languages other than English are spoken. Some children speak the language of their parents and some speak or understand a little. We value every child’s language and cultural background and we gather this information when children first come to our school.

Very few children come to our school with very little or no English and we give these children lots of support to develop their English skills. This can vary from one-to-one support, working on basic everyday vocabulary to working in smaller phonics and reading groups. Teachers use lots of visual resources which help all children to learn but this approach is particularly effective for children who speak English as an Additional Language.

The language for learning, conversation and play at school is English and we encourage, expect and teach all children to speak English while at school. This is not because we do not value home languages but because it ensures that children are fully included in all aspects of school life as well as helping to ensure success for their future.

Changes in Circumstances

We are very aware at Globe that sometimes things happen in children’s lives which can cause anxiety, sadness or confusion and encourage parents and families to share information with us in order that we can best support the child. We have a Learning Mentor and a Family Support Worker who are skilled in supporting children and families during difficult times.

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