English as an Additional Language

Welcome to the Highland Council’s EAL website, where you’ll find resources to help support your bilingual learners. These include:

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Or try one ofthe specific links under the Language, School, or Purpose headings in the left sidebar ←

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us.

Developing Good EAL Practice in the Early Years

Cumbria early years EAL is a good guide to enable you to self evaluate your progress in establishing a great setting for EAL learners in the Early Years. With ticklists to help you reflect on your practice and suggestions of things to do, a look at enrolment and a brief loo into the theory behind supporting strategies for EAL pupils.  Lots to absorb… could be part of a development plan or and in-service  CPD session.

 

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EAL Assessment in Primary Schools

Initial assessments can be made by a member of the EAL team. Please contact EAL Team to be directed to the appropriate member of staff.

Assessments are undertaken using the Primary EAL Profile .

Guidance on Updating EAL Profiles helps you to fill in the profiles

The targets identified in the profiles are linked with strategies from the Primary EAL strategies booklet.

Children may go through a silent period during their initial time in school. The Silent Period Language Development checklist may be useful to track this period.

 

The EAL Team may also be able to offer CAT sessions to support staff to update profiles.

Play@Home resources in English and Polish

play@home
start early and
stay active for life

Here is a link to downloadable resources Play At Home in English and Polish. These resources have been developed by the NHS to encourage early development through play at home.

The NHS website says:

play@home activity sheets

These activity sheets were developed by the Care and Learning Alliance as additional play ideas for parents, carers and children.

Presented in the style of play@home with instructions, variations, benefits and precautions, they continue to encourage everyone to have fun using things found easily around the home.

Remember to use your play@home book regularly as your child grows, as their interests will change and develop and you will be creating those special childhood memories.

Polish versions are now available.

http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/20735.aspx

Equalities and Diversity Picture Books

Here is a link to recommended Equality and Diversity Picture Books for use ion classrooms. There are also lesson plans available on the highland Literacy Blog.

https://highlandliteracy.com/equality-and-diversity-picture-books/

Highland Council’s Equalities Improvement Group and LGBTI+ sub-group have published a series of lesson plans in December 2017 to support the development of Equality and Diversity across the curriculum. 18 picture books have been selected; for each picture book there have been lessons created for Early – Fourth Levels (Curriculum for Excellence) driven by the Literacy and English and Health and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes.

Click each of the book cover image below to download the lesson plan for each book.

The Great Big Book of Families
King and King The Sissy Duckling
And Tango Makes Three Red Jacob’s New Dress
Malala and Iqbal 10,000 Dresses The Dot
Daddy, Papa, and Me Mommy, Mama, and Me The Paper Bag Princess
My Princess Boy William’s Doll Whoever You Are
The Invisible Boy

I Have the Right to Be a Child

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Supporting Bilingual Learners of English in Highland Schools