Shaftesbury Junior School

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English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language (EAL)


At Shaftesbury, we are very proud of how many of our children can speak more than one language (2, 3 or sometimes even 4!) and of how many different languages are spoken at school.  Quite a few of our pupils are either new to country or at the early stages of learning English.  Although these children are below the expected standard in English, they make good progress whilst they are with us and we work very hard to ensure that this is the best possible progress.


We have two dedicated EAL leaders, Ms Gowers in Y3-4 and Mrs Chilton-Thomas in Y5-6, who support our EAL children in learning English.  


When a pupil with EAL arrives at our school, they have an induction with an EAL leader and a full assessment to establish their English needs.  This is passed onto their teacher and any additional support is arranged by the EAL leader.    

Language of the Month (LotM)


Our children speak over 30 languages in school and we love to celebrate this diversity by learning a little of the language and culture of some of these.  Our bi-lingual speakers help to promote this and love to show off their skills, as well as teach their friends some of their language.  


Other languages learnt this academic year are - Italian  and British Sign Language (BSL).

Current Language of the Month: Polish


Poland is an eastern European country with approximately 38 million people living there.  The capital city is Warsaw and the Polish currency (money) is the Polish zloty.  


Polish is the most common language in our school after English and our Polish speakers have enjoyed teaching their language to us.


Mrs Grinbaum-Zarcznska, one of our staff, gave this great introduction: Introduction to LotM


In addition, there are some excellent resources out there to help learning Polish.


Previous EAL events


Czech Republic visitors


During June 2017, we were visited by delegates from the Czech Republic to see how EAL (English as an Additional Language) is taught, along with the diversity, multiculturalism and language acquisition of the school. They were very impressed with children attending the school, who spoke twenty-seven different first languages and the provision given to them.

We were also very proud of our children who welcomed our visitors in their own languages and were observed and asked questions during the visit.  Delegates were also shown around the school and observed a Year 5 class lesson along with attending a question and answer session and observing an EAL lesson by Mrs Chilton-Thomas.

A huge thank you to all children and staff for their support during this visit.


French TV visit


Thursday 6th April 2017, a Year 3 EAL group were filmed during a language development session with Mrs Chilton-Thomas. The children were their usual inquisitive selves, asking questions and supporting each other. We looked at foods from around the world, where different foods come from and discussed how they arrived in England.

We continued the lesson with children drawing, labelling and describing their favourite food from the countries their home countries.


Following on from the lesson, some children were asked questions about their religious beliefs and how they learn. Mrs Chilton-Thomas was filmed talking about teaching strategies, the beliefs of the group and how children integrate with children from other religions.

A huge thank you to all children and staff for their support during this visit.


Norwegian delegate visit


26 September 2016, Shaftesbury was visited by the Mayor of Drammen, Norway and his executive team along with a representative from the St. Philip’s Centre Ltd Leicester. The focus was on supporting children who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) and how this is integrated and monitored into everyday school life.


The delegates were shown a presentation and given assessment sheets and the NASSEA framework to demonstrate record keeping, this followed with them observing an EAL lesson with Mrs Chilton-Thomas, then a question and answer session followed about how the children learn. 


A St. Philips Centre representative wrote- The whole programme seems to have been much appreciated and they were given much to think about on their return to Norway. 


A huge thank you to all children and staff for their support during this visit.

                                 One World Week 2021

                                                           The theme was 



Across the school year groups worked on climate change including -

  • COP 26
  • Rainforests
  • Polar Regions
  • Oceans and plastic pollution
  • Deserts