Home Learning for children who are new to English

I hope you find these Home Learning ideas for children who are new to English useful. Kind regards, Miss Mackenzie.

Please click on the link below which takes you to the Lancashire Grid for Learning.  On this website you can find many useful resources to support children with English as an additional language.



  • Please click the link below for English language practice:



  • Please click on the link below for stories, games, songs and activities to help pupils learn English –



  • To access Dual Language Ebook Library – (Visual books with audio in Home Language and English) please email info@mantralingua.com and ask to access Covid-19 HomeReading FREE Offer.

Your child can:

  • Watch videos on topics in their first language. Sites such as https://www.khanacademy.org/ are useful. They have curriculum videos in many languages and if they do not have home language audio, they may well have subtitles in other languages. The quality of the videos is more reliable in terms of content than on Youtube (as in this case, you may not be able to check the content due to it being in another language).




  • A useful resource for family learning of English is the BBC ‘Learn English’ website. https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/search?q=learn+english&submit=GO  This has separate topics such as 'English for going to the shops' or 'Visiting the doctor'. It is not linked to the curriculum but will help build pupils survival language. It also has an excellent free supporting app (BBC Learning English) which has resources for learning English for all ages.

Other ways in which parents can support their children to learn English are:

· Reading books with your children by talking about the books in their home language and, if possible, English too is helpful. There is further advice for parents about this in the translated leaflets with advice on reading with children who are learning English as an additional language. http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/projects/ema/index.php?category_id=198

· There are a number of children's book explaining and trying to support children coronavirus in different languages: This is a simple picture book version - https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

This is another picture book with harder reading content - https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-healthand-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/my-hero-you

· Selecting good television programmes for a child to watch. When watching television, put on English sub-titles, this will help the child’s listening and reading.