Trail : home : EAL
Last year more than 25,000 primary school children in England and Wales took part in the Premier League Writing Stars Poetry Competition.
"When you are learning another language, you learn to think in that language, you learn to speak in that language and you learn to believe in that language and it allows you to think from a completely different perspective: it's not just about the words and the grammar but the culture and the language it is associated with.
'Mother Tongue Other Tongue' is a multilingual poetry competition that celebrates cultural diversity and the many languages spoken in schools in the UK. There are two separate parts to the poetry competition and children can enter one or both parts of the competition.
The 'Mother Tongue' part of the competition requires children who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from their Mother Tongue. They then write a short piece in English to explain the poem’s significance to them. The 'Other Tongue' part of the competition encourages children learning another language in school to use that language creatively to write a poem.
Children who took part in the poetry afternoon for the Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition, continued their hard work and some of them wrote new poems.
The deadline is 15th of May, so we are sending the best ones off and keeping our fingers crossed for a "WINNER" outcome.
Take a look at their beautiful work, hopefully we will see all of these again at the Award Ceremony.
Before the holiday, some EAL children from Nursery up to Year 5 had a chance to take part in the RSPB BIG SCHOOLS' BIRDWATCH.
First, we looked at photos of different kind of birds. We talked about what they eat, learnt about parts of the the bird and made some bird feeders (some of them were quickly emptied by hungry squirrels robbing the wild birds of a tasty meal).
We practised the nursery rhyme, "Two Little Dickie Birds" with Nursery and Reception children. We named and coloured our favourite birds and we fed chicks on the iPad.
With the older children, we learnt lots of interesting facts: why birds are so important and what migration means? Why the bird population is decreasing and how we can protect them?
Then finally, we went out in our fabulous Woodland Garden for the Crab Lane Big Schools' bird count. Luckily we saw many different birds and listened to their lovely songs too.
This is the certificate we earned and above, some photos of the event.