Churchfields is an Academy which is rich in diversity with more than 34 languages being spoken as a first language. We celebrate the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of all learners while we have a strong focus on aspects of British culture.
Our dedicated EAL teachers and highly experienced Teaching Assistants have lived and worked abroad, and understand many of the issues that our new arrivals might encounter and they are well trained to meet intellectual, emotional, linguistic and cultural needs of your child.
Any prospective parents are welcome to contact Sumeswar Das, our EAL Co-ordinator to discuss the particular linguistic or cultural needs of their child at email@example.com.
The key aim of the EAL Department is to support students for whom English is an Additional Language in order to facilitate their access to the full curriculum. The EAL department would like EAL students to feel welcome, motivated and supported by the department and the school
We maintain a strong track record in EAL provision at Churchfields and our highly experienced EAL team now delivers various training sessions for different institutions in and around Swindon. Our EAL specialist English teacher works closely with English Faculty and provides additional lessons for KS4 pupils. A key aim of these lessons is to help the students achieve high in their English GCSE.
We use visuals in the form of pictures, photographs, and so on, to help learners make sense of new information across the Academy and use drama and role play activities to make learning memorable and encourage empathy in our ESOL lessons.
After the initial language assessment, appropriate support is provided to introduce key concepts and vocabulary, stimulate prior knowledge, build on learning in L1, develop communicating skills in English and enable pupils to practise language in a stress-free, supportive environment.
This is run by Mrs Pegado every morning from 8.AM to 8.30AM. This reading programme supports the development of KS3 EAL pupils’ reading skills in English (including reading for meaning), as well as helping them to learn spelling patterns and pronunciation. This programme also encourages the advanced bilinguals to become ’reading partners’ for the EAL early stage students.
All students maintain their own reading record. Reading levels are tracked via English data. The range of books is extensive, age appropriate that includes some bilingual books.
EAL students who arrive mid-year are prioritised for support. Prior to their start date, all teachers are given a brief description of their language ability and educational history.
We identify individual students’ needs at the earliest opportunity and recognise the skills they bring to the school. We structure our teaching based on individual needs and ensure equality of access to the whole curriculum.
In addition, KS4 students are prepared for the Cambridge ESOL series of examinations. The level they are prepared for is dependent on their English level as assessed by the Quick Placement Test.
We aim to ensure that all EAL students are able to use English confidently and competently. We also encourage students to make use of their knowledge of other languages where appropriate. We help students prepare for GCSEs in the language they speak at home which provides opportunities for pupils to take a qualification in their ‘home’ language with recognised accreditation.
There is an afterschool EAL drop-in session at which time students can bring in work with which they need help and receive the support as necessary. Throughout the year, various extra-curricular activities such as Bollywood dance, badminton club are organised which offer excellent opportunities to develop communication and social skill for our new arrivals.
Churchfields Academy is part of a cluster link with Bangladesh, funded by DfID through the British Council. This provides an exciting opportunity for students at Churchfields Academy in developing their understanding beyond their own experience and building up their knowledge of the wider world and of diverse societies and cultures.