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English as an Additional Language

At Gardners Lane Primary School we are privileged to have in our care children from across the globe and, as an inclusive school, we value greatly the culture, religions and language diversity that these children and their families bring with them.

Our school aims to ensure that all children receive the support required to gain maximum benefits from their learning whilst in our care. For children who are learning English as an additional language support is provided both inside and outside of the classroom environment should they require it.

Our EAL Lead, Mr Bray, works closely with teachers and with children to ensure that all learners who speak languages other than English can access the full curriculum and have their rich language skills and heritage celebrated at school.

Language of the Term

We are all very proud of the variety of languages spoken by our school community. There are now 27 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.


In the new academic year 2021-22 we have decided to provide more depth to this by focussing on the chosen ‘Language of the Term’ for 2 terms each.

So, from September until the end of December 2021 our ‘Language of the Term’ will be Romanian; from January 2022 until April we will be learning Bengali; and from April until July 2022 the focus will be on Ukrainian.

Why not join us in practicing some Ukrainian with your children at home?

Dobryj den!




“Dobryj den”


“Laskavo prosymo”

“How are you?”

“Jak spravy?”



We are pleased to announce that our ‘Language of the Term’ in Terms 5 & 6 is Ukrainian.


We are really pleased that through our celebration of Ukrainian as our Language of the Term, we are able to welcome and make friends with all Ukrainian speakers in our school community at this extremely difficult time.

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.


Library of Translated School Letters

Please use the following link https://webapps.mantralingua.com/library/document/?utm_campaign=LockdownMM to access a library of translated school letters, words and paragraphs.

Young Interpreter Scheme


This academic year we have been training a group of 12 pupils in Y5 and Y6 to become Young Interpreters within the school.

The Young Interpreters Scheme, which was set up by Hampshire Council is nationally recognised and is in operation in hundreds of schools across the UK.

We are very proud that 24 languages other than English are spoken by children and their families in our school community and now that this group of pupils have been trained, the Young Interpreters will be able to use their language skills to provide valuable peer support to pupils who are learning English as an Additional Language (EAL), to their families and to the school.

Last week we were pleased to award the 12 new Young Interpreters with their certificates and badges.

Although due to current Covid restrictions we weren’t able to invite their families to join us for the occasion, we hope they will all be as delighted as us with their children’s achievement.

Well done Young Interpreters!

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