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.

Here are some fantastic games to play which will help children to develop their English. There are topics linked to, animals, seasons, weather, clothes, cvc words e.g. cat, peg, sun etc, food, house, jobs family, people, sports, transport and true stories. Have fun exploring. http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/projects/ema/index.php?category_id=208

This June to celebrate Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History month, Lancashire County Council has decided to launch a competition that was open to all children whether they are attending school, or learning at home.  Entries can be from individuals, groups, or families… "All you have to do is create something which shows us what life is like in your home while you’re staying home and staying safe – You could paint a picture, make a collage, create a video or produce an illustrated comic…"  Last year there were wonderful creative entries from children sharing their family routes, so we're excited to see what we receive this year. For more information, please open the attached flyers at the bottom of the page, named, 'Competition- Open for all Families'.  Please send photographs of entries to ema.support@lancashire.gov.uk by 5pm on the 30th June.


For other GRTHM activities, or the see last year's winning schools please visit our website www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/projects/ema

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.

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