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Child with no English or literacy in Y2

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Twigs85, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Twigs85

    Twigs85 New commenter


    I am an NQT teaching Year 2. In Autumn term, a new boy came to my class with no English. He was also new to school and therefore was preliterate - he knew one sound and could only write his name. Literacy lessons are obviously a problem - as much as I try to create speaking and listening lessons, story telling lessons etc you can't get away from the fact that a lot of writing needs to be done in Y2!

    I'm finding it increasingly difficult to provide for him in literacy lessons. We are focusing on storytelling a lot this year with work around that but as he cannot understand the story (even when told Pie Corbett style) it's difficult for him. My mentor suggested using picture cards with him to support his understanding but I still don't know what to do with him when the rest of the class are writing - even drawing a picture is difficult as his pencil skills are still developing. My TA does take him out during the starter to practise sounds and writing in a Reading Recovery style, but I can't have her solely with him every literacy lesson as she needs to work with groups as well.

    Any suggestions at all? Has anyone been in this situation?


    (sorry if this comes out with no paragraph spacing - happens all the time!)
  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    This child really needs intensive EAL teaching to make rapid progress. In our school we have TAs who are trained to do this, speak to your SENCO to get him some help. He does not need reading recovery, but basic teaching.

    For now, speak to your nursery and reception teachers about what sort of pre-writing activities they use.

    I have this book:


    And though it is american, there are some great activities to develop spelling/sounds/fine motor skills.
  3. Twigs85

    Twigs85 New commenter

    Hi Minnie,

    Thanks for your reply!

    Yes, that's what I'm hoping for but there hasn't been an offer of provision. The TA has been trained by the reading recovery teacher to help introduce him to sounds and writing but I am aware that this is not really what he needs. I have dealt with children who have no English but never ones who have never been to school - as an NQT I'm finding it difficult to know what to ask for, if that makes sense! I will talk to the EYFS teachers about any ideas they have about prewriting activities. I'll check out the book as well - thanks!
  4. In my county the head talks to the county EAL team, and each new to UK (non-EFYS) child gets up to 40 hoiurs of specialist EAl team 1:1 support. Ask about it from you r leadership team. What does your E|AL co-ordinator think? And you aren't the only one on here today asking this it seems.

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