It was wonderful to welcome back our Year 4 EAL students last week after their well-deserved break. We kicked off the new term with an enjoyable review lesson to practise our EAL learning from Term 1. We were so impressed with what the students remembered. This was no easy task considering what a busy, jam-packed term it was!
Last term, we explored two fantastic books: ‘Leon and the Place Between’ and ‘The Dragon Slayer’. From these exciting fiction texts, we learned about parts of speech (e.g. adjectives and adverbs), using the five senses to describe a setting, creating rich character descriptions, punctuating dialogue correctly, developing expanded noun phrases to add interest, and using a variety of sentence starters. We also looked at persuasive language for our advertising unit and had a go at writing our own Christmas poems. Phew!
We are now well into our new unit of non-fiction reports about a country, ready for International Week. We’ve already covered some essential topic vocabulary for the students to apply to their work (e.g. Export, Currency, Climate), and we’ve also looked at the special features of these reports and how they differ from fiction. For the rest of this unit, students will be learning how to organise their work into paragraphs using topic sentences and supporting detail.
This unit is also helping to develop our students’ global citizenship and cultural awareness, and students have enthusiastically been sharing information about their own cultural backgrounds.
We are very proud of what our students have achieved so far, and look forward to more hard work, creativity and fun over the rest of the academic year.
Please look at our EAL blog which has many activities for developing English language skills and for advice to parents to support their children.
Ms Erica Barthorpe and Mr John Lee, Year 4 EAL Teachers