Celebrating cultural diversity and supporting children with English as an additional language.
On 7.6.2019 we provided opportunity for seven student teachers from the Wildern Partnership to work with us and our pupils to explore how we celebrate cultural diversity within our academy and the ways in which we support children who are new to English. As part of the day, we looked at some of the theory surrounding language acquisition, such as the iceberg model. We also modelled how our teachers support children through lessons, with all students preparing a cultural activity to explore with the children and review this activity with us as a working party.
The students planned a wide range of activities such as trying different breads from a variety of countries and exploring cultural stories such as Handa's Surprise. The training was really well received by both the students and our children. This is part of on-going partnerships to support the training of student teachers and encourage liaison between local schools.
To discuss what it is like for a pupil to join a school with little or no English.
To learn about how pupils acquire language
To consider ways in which we support children who are new to school in this country.
To explore how we track children who have EAL
To explore what key resources or visuals we use in school
To consider how we support children's pastoral needs and celebrate diversity within school
To encourage partnership between learners and support interaction between learners
Everyone enjoyed the content of the day and talked about how much they enjoyed the activities and how much they learned...
Mr Kelly stated 'This has been a great experience. It was great learning how best to support the children.'
Miss Gover stated 'I enjoyed being able to discuss ideas directly with the pupils.'
Mr Mahon told us that 'I feel more confident about the prospect of having an EAL child in my class in the future.'
Miss Reed said 'The training and pupil interaction has given me strategies that i can use. It has also made me more aware of how diverse city schools are.'
Romario told us that 'I loved tasting the bread and guessing which country it came from. It is always fun when we have visitors in school.'
Lilly said 'I always find it interesting learning about other countries and other cultures'
Amelia said 'It is nice working with visitors in school. We always do lots of interesting activities'.
Skype call with Nysa School
As part of our international links we set up a skype call between our pupils and pupils from a school in Nysa, Poland.
You can view the video by following the school videos link below.
Here's what our pupils said about the experience:
‘I enjoyed it because I learned facts about what children do in Poland’
‘We learned about where each other’s schools were, and then we talked about the Titanic in Southampton’
‘It was fun but it was nerve-wracking because I have not done this before’.