Anderton Park Primary is a very ambitious, happy school full of fantastic children and adults, all totally committed to providing a great education for the pupils. The whole community is passionate about the part they play in promoting an equal and lovely world.
In recent years, they have welcomed many new families from Romania, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and other European countries. With such a diverse community, there are 39 different home languages spoken by the families at the school. Therefore, it is no surprise that Anderton Park Primary is embracing the cultural challenge, and has been making the most of an interactive and engaging EAL curriculum tool to support their children’s learning. We spoke to Claire Evans, Deputy Headteacher at the school to find out more about their ongoing success story.
“I had been discussing the changing needs of the school with Bren Taylor, Link2ICT’s Senior Education Advisor. One of the suggestions he made was the FlashAcademy app, offering a more interactive, engaging approach to EAL for the children and is different to anything else we had previously used.”
“We were open to adopting different teaching and learning styles which FlashAcademy certainly helps us to achieve. We also identified that it was an opportunity for newly-arrived children to immediately feel valued as they are able to start learning as soon as they arrive from another country. We know that those who learn English are those who are fully immersed in the language and so we use FlashAcademy alongside established classroom methods, including discussions and working in small groups. Our children get the best of both worlds! The fact that it could also be used at home with families is a huge plus factor, the learning doesn’t stop at home time!”
“We had an initial taster session to assess how the app worked and what it could do. We were so impressed, we bought 100 licenses to support those children who speak little or no English. As it is an interactive, fun app, children practice pronunciation and can play competitively against themselves – they enjoy it so much, they forget they are learning!”
“The languages being used in the school include Portuguese, Romanian, French, Italian and Bulgarian. We are using the app as a tool for those children to learn English. For example, none of our staff speak Bulgarian and for those children who speak no English, it must be an incredibly daunting and somewhat scary experience for them. Having the app is a fantastic resource for developing communication and to support their engagement on a day-to-day basis. Because of the immediate success we have experienced and our passion for driving improvement, we are planning to expand our use of FlashAcademy for English speakers to learn a European language.”
“We’ve been using it with pupils from Years 2 to Year 6 and they absolutely love it, having their own app makes them feel special and they can also help their parents learn English at home. Staff love it too, being able to teach English in a different way is great for all types of learners.”
“Introducing FlashAcademy as part of the EAL curriculum at Anderton Park Primary has had a significant impact in the classroom, I would certainly recommend it to other schools as an effective tool for teaching and learning.”
If you are interested in using FlashAcademy in your school to support EAL or as a MFL tool, please contact your Link2ICT Account Manager, and get an additional 5% discount – make language learning fun!
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