A significant number of children at Lyndhurst have English as an Additional Language. This means that a child speaks a language other than English at home and may apply to a new arrival who is learning English for the first time, or a child who was born in the UK and speaks English as fluently as his or her peers but speaks another language at home.
When a child with EAL joins the school, the class teacher works with the EAL Co-ordinator to assess their English language proficiency and to devise appropriate support which may include 1:1 or small group sessions outside the classroom. English language proficiency continues to be assessed throughout a child’s time at Lyndhurst so that an appropriate level of support can be maintained.
At Lyndhurst we prize and celebrate every child’s home language and strongly encourage parents to maintain it in all aspects of family life. We look for opportunities for children to share their language at school and welcome parents to join their children in reading a story to the class, making a recording for Grove FM or writing something for us all to enjoy.