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English as an Additional Language


Language of the Term

As you know, we are all very proud that there are 21 languages including English spoken by children and their families at Gardners Lane Primary School.

The celebration of the diversity of language and culture in the school’s community is very important to us and as part of our whole school practice we celebrate a different language each term. We celebrate this as ‘Language of the Term’.

Using resources from the website below (many thanks to Newbury Park Primary School in London) we encourage our children to learn and speak a few words of each Language of the Term and to learn a little about the country or countries in which that language is spoken. https://www.newburyparkschool.net/lotm/index.html

The timetable of languages we will be celebrating this academic year is shown below:

Term 1: Romanian

Term 2: Bengali

Term 3: Braille

Term 4: Bulgarian

Term 5: Arabic

Term 6: Japanese


As you will see in the above timetable Term 3’s language is Braille. During that term we will be learning some Braille to highlight another of the ways people can communicate. This also ties in with our celebration of ‘World Braille Day’ in January.

Why not have a look at the range of languages on the website above and teach yourselves some words of a new language at home?

National Literacy Trust

My Hero is You


This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG).


Mind Heart


A short book (in a variety of languages) to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19.


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