Support for Children and Parents Learning English
Lots of children at St Michael’s understand and speak more than one language – that’s amazing! Some of you are fluent in English but some of you are still learning and improving your English.
It is important to speak your first language at home with your family, but while you are not at school, don’t forget to practise your English too. Here are some websites and ideas to help you.
(Games, songs, stories and activities to help children practise their English. Support page for parents.)
(Games, activities, worksheets, quizzes and videos to help children who are learning English.)
(Key Stage 1)
(Key Stage 2 - Phonics, spelling, grammar and more)
(Resources for beginners – free access until end of June 2020)
(For young beginners – videos, songs, animations, fairy tales)
- Watch children’s television programmes in English (drama, documentaries, Newsround). Talk about them afterwards – in English or your first language.
- Talk about Home Learning topics in your first language. Then look up and learn the important words in English.
- Make your own dictionary in a blank notebook. Label the pages A to Z. Write in any new words you learn in English on the correct page and add the meaning in your first language. KS1 parents – help your child make a picture dictionary.
- If you go for a walk, name the things you see in English. Is there anything you don’t know the word for in English? Find it out!
- Learn 3 new words a day. Try to say them in a sentence. Can you remember them all at the end of the week? KS2 – try to learn words from different word classes, e.g. learn a new noun, a new
verb and a new adjective.
- Do one activity a day when you talk in English, e.g. when playing a board game, making a cake, doing a puzzle, eating breakfast.
- Parents – listen to your child read every day (even if you do not understand). KS1 - Ask them about the story and characters and talk about the pictures. You can do this in your first language. KS2 – Ask your child to tell you what happened in your first language.
Look up the meanings of any new words together.
- Make learning English fun – think of games to play with letters, sounds, words and sentences. e.g. find objects from around your home, name them and line them up in alphabetical order. Hide words around the room (different word classes). How quickly can you find enough words to make a sentence? (Siblings can have a competition to make the most or longest sentences.)