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supporting your eal child with home learning

Ideas to support home Learning with EAL pupils

Schools are closed for a little while longer again. We have put some ideas to support home learning. These ideas can be used alongside the schools home learning.

Online learning

To help your child be more constructive in his / her use of a laptop, tablet or smartphone during this period of remote learning, below are some good websites that will help them learn English at least 30 minutes daily alongside the schools home learning.

 British Council- It has fun activities and games with letters and stories.

The ‘Listen and watch’ section is very good, especially the stories you can listen to, read and watch. 

Click on the right age-group to see the learning resources

http://BBC website


Read with your child to read a little bit every day. They can read in English or in their first language if they can read well in their first language, this will help them learn to read in English. If you don’t have many books, get them to read their favourite book out loud so they can concentrate on reading with expression and making it sound interesting. You can also go on  Epic Reading website.

World story is another good website to use for reading aloud to your child. The website has a growing collection of stories from around the world to share with your child in different languages.

Watching TV and films

We don’t recommend that children have too much screen time but an hour or so a day of watching quality TV can really help their language skills. We recommend:

CBeebies – most programmes are suitable for children up to the age of 6

CBBC – most programmes are suitable for children of all ages

Films – if your child can read in their first language, they could watch films with subtitles (most Disney films are good for developing language). If they can’t read in their first language, they could watch a favourite film dubbed into their first language and then watch it again in English.

Learning new words in English

Around the house – name as many objects as you can in English and then try to describe them, e.g. a hard shiny colander, a soft fluffy blanket. Try to find out the names of any objects you don’t know.

Out the window – do the same thing looking outside. If you have a garden, see how many things you can name and describe. Get outside and get active if you can!

Keep lists of any new words that you learn and practise them together. It can be surprising how many everyday objects you don’t know the names of, even if your English is good!

Playing memory games 

Play ‘I went to the shops and bought a ...’ Think of something you can buy, e.g. an apple. Your child then repeats what you have said and adds something else:

Parent (or brother/sister): I went to the shops and bought a banana.

Child: I went to the shops and bought a banana and an apple.

Parent (or brother/sister): I went to the shops and bought a banana, an apple and a carrot.

Child: I went to the shops and bought a banana, an apple, a carrot and a tin of beans.

See if you can keep it going!

Writing – some ideas


Even just a few minutes of writing every day will help your child remember how to write in English. If your child can write in their first language, they might want to do that first and then translate into English.

They could:

Keep a diary – include simple things like what the weather was like, what they had to eat, what they watched on TV etc.

Describe pictures – look through newspapers, books and magazines to find interesting pictures to write about.

Write stories based on their favourite books and films

If your child has very little English, they could draw pictures and talk about

them in their first language before trying to write.

We will be posting more ideas regularly.

Article 30: Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.