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English as an Additional Language in Mile Post 3

16 June 2017

Our Year 5 EAL students have been exploring a range of genres. The suspense topic focused on descriptive language and building tension and students were given the challenge of creating a scary story in just 2 sentences!

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In poetry, students experimented with alliteration, similes and metaphors and authored haiku poems about the seasons. A legend is a story based on real people or events and, as well as writing their own legend stories, a highlight of the year was the EAL assembly performance of the legend of Robin Hood which was enjoyed by all! Well done to all our EAL students in Year 5 for your hard work and progress this year. Remember to keep practising your English over the summer and all the best in Year 6!

Chris Rolls, Year 5 EAL teacher


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Our Year 6 EAL students have been engaging with a variety of text types. With quest stories for example, the children worked hard to identify the key features of this genre and then used these to create short oral presentations about a favourite quest book or film. In writing, students have expanded their range of techniques for adding description. They have enjoyed discovering how to form adverbs from adjectives and have practised using them in their sentences to create a clearer image in the reader's mind. The children have also explored alternative reporting verbs for 'said' when using direct speech. By considering the emotions of the speaker, the students have been able to think more deeply about how words are expressed, which in turn helps to make their writing more descriptive. It has been wonderful to see the children applying these techniques to their writing in mainstream lessons. Well done Year 6! Keep practising your English over the holiday and good luck at secondary school!

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Natasha Fitzgerald and Shaheena Pall, Year 6 EAL Teachers