EAL stands for English as an Additional Language (so it is children who speak another language and are learning English on top). We also like to call these our International children.
At Holy Trinity we have about 110 children who come from a country outside the UK, so this is about 24% of all the children at school.
Some are new to English and come to school with very little understanding of English.
Others are bilingual and can speak fluently their home language as well as English. And we have all different abilities in English in between.
We are here to welcome you to the EAL / international department.
We are Mrs Farral and Mrs Suttle.
Mrs Farral is from Poland. She is the school's international family liaison officer. She meets up with new pupils and their family and takes them around the schools. She helps with paper work and translations when needed. She is the link between home and school for all our international pupils. She helps with transition, family needs like paperwork or doctors' appointments and she supports the children in school by talking to them, if she can in their own language.
Mrs Suttle is from France. She has been working at Holy Trinity for 7 years now, as a French teacher first and now as an EAL teacher and as the EAL coordinator. Mrs Suttle works with the children on their English and helps them become more confident in their new language. She works with little groups of children, from New to English children to those who need to improve their reading or writing.
In January we started our
International Student Club.
International children come from every class in the school, from year 1 to year 6, to share lunch together on Mondays. It is a very lively club where English mixes with some of our other languages in the school, younger ones sit next to older children and all feel very proud of being special.
They learn to be a good friend, to take time to understand each other and to understand how to help new international children joining our school.
In September 2016 we started our adventure with
International mothers are invited to join this group to help them understand the school and the educational system within the UK. They learn English and meet other mums in a safe and caring environment.
It helps them build their confidence, meet members of staff and find out their role within the school so they can be more involved into the school life.
This is a unique learning environment to bring together women of many different backgrounds to break down language and cultural barriers.
The group is run by two members of the non profit organisation called Beyond the Page helped along with Ewa Farrall.
Mrs Farrall started a wonderful group:
Fitness 4 fun
It is open to all women, carers and parents of children of all ages.
Come and join the fun every Wednesday between 8.50 and 9.30 in the school gym. No previous experience needed, just enthusiasm and sense of humour.
For more information, contact Ewa at the school office.
Every Monday, from 1.30 to 3.00, Ewa is holding a
Coffee meeting for International parents
This takes place in our community room. It is a relaxed time for parents to come and receive information if needed. We sometimes have special guests who come in from outside agencies to answer parent's questions on various subjects.
In January 4 children started our "New to English" group. We have Hibah, Wiktoria, John Nikolas and Emilia.
We have been practicing greeting people, saying "How are you?" and singing songs to help us learn.
We are also learning to count to 20 and to recognise the numbers when we see them. It is taking a lot of practice but we are getting better everyday.
We are learning lots of words, sometimes in a funny way. Mrs Suttle gave us some cards with animals on them and we pretended these were our names:
"What's your name?" "My name is cat" "Hello cat!"
We like this, it's funny and it helps us learn the words.
Can you name these animals?
Can you point to the ...
Try to name all the animals as fast as you can.
Look at us, we have been cooking for the fair. We are making delicious chocolate chip cookies, following the recipe and carefully mixing the ingredients. All for your enjoyment. Please come and visit the cake stall at the fair to taste our wonderful cookies.
So, how well did you do? Do you want the answers? Here they are, in order:
Bangladesh, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Pakistan, Phillipines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka.