A multi-lingual learner is a child who is exposed to a language other than English in their home. This includes a child living with parents whose native language is not English.
If you are concerned about your multi-lingual child's access to the curriculum, please contact their class teacher via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multi-lingual learners are supported in class where necessary. The school has multi-lingual resources and books for children to read in common non-English native languages.
For some younger children, small group language support is provided by Mrs. Bors who visits the school from the EAL (English as an Additional Language) Team.
All multi-lingual learners are encouraged to learn to read and write in their non-English language as long-term, this improves their literacy and language skills. Parents are sometimes concerned that a child may speak predominantly in one language with some words in another language. Although this may sound like the child is confused between the two languages, this is not shown to be to the detriment of their learning. This is called code-switching and is shown to help stimulate the brain and encode information more easily, thus making it more easily accessible when children seek to recall it.
For children who speak a non-English native language, during the school day, if there are other children who speak the same language, where appropriate, they are encouraged to use this to discuss their learning and develop a stronger understanding and grasp of the subject content (e.g. in maths, history, etc lessons).