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Teaching Resources for pupils learning EAL


New: Phonics Fun - Phase 2 - satnip

Make phonics fun. This Phase 2 phonemes game provides a context for learning words as well as sounds; more authentic – less synthetic!

New: Alphabet Game

Ideas to support children with alphabetical order and basic phonological awareness, in and out of school.

Here are a few ideas that won’t cost you anything.

Clines - grading words

Take a look at how words with similar meanings can be graded to express subtle differences.

Key vocabulary memory game

This simple language game helps students remember and play with key vocabulary linked to a specific topic.

Exploring opposites

Opposites are binary and often literal. Learning simple opposites is the start of a lexical journey towards ranking and grading words.

Collocations - learning about words that 'go together'

Think about how words naturally ‘go together’ when you talk or write about a topic.

Ideas for Parents - Walk and learn

Going for a walk is free. There are so many ways you can help your children learn on a walk.

Here are a few maths ideas that won’t cost you anything.

Ideas for Parents - Make up stories

Making up stories is fun and easy to do.

You can use all sorts of things to help your children create a story.

Ideas for Parents - Talk to your children

Talking to your children doesn’t cost anything.

Here are some great ways to talk to your children and teach them things at the same time.

Ideas for Parents - Be creative

Two great ideas for parents to help their children learn at home.

No need to spend money. Be creative with things around the house.

Ideas for Parents - Help children explore

Children love challenges and to be creative.

Here are a few ideas for you to help them explore different ideas and materials.

Flower Hunt - Family fun

A fun activity for parents to do with their children from the safety of their garden or street.

Look at the flowers growing around you. Learn the names of some of the most common ones. Count how many you see, then write some sentences.

Picture Talk and Write

Help your child’s English with this simple activity. Talk about a picture together, label it, then practice writing sentences using a word table. Use your home language too.

Mini-beast Hunt - Family Fun

A fun activity for parents to do with their children from the safety of their garden or street.

Go on a search together for Mini-beasts. Learn the names of some of the most common creatures in our gardens. Count how many you see, then record your results.

Coronavirus - Translated Advice for Parents

NHS and WHO advice translated into languages commonly spoken by refugee families: Albanian, Arabic, English, Farsi, Kurmanji, Sorani, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Downloadable as one document. Thank you to the Big Leaf Foundation.

Spag Punctuation Memory Game

Help pupils understand basic punctuation with this fun, visual and interactive pairs game

Talking Pictures - Focus on Prepositions

An interactive talk activity that focuses on basic prepositions.

Monster Misfits

Practice a range of fine motor skills and descriptive language when you create and play with this Monster Misfit game.

Find My Partner - Roman Soldier Game

A fun activity that encourages players to ask questions, use key vocabulary and descriptive language to find a matching picture.

Preposition Hunt - Find the Cats

A visual, interactive game. Children must use prepositions and prepositional phrases when they tell you where they cats are hidden!

EAL assessment materials

Three activities to assess phonic discrimination, scanning and visual memory in pupils with very little English.

Helping My Child Learn Their Multiplication Tables

More dual-language advice for parents on how to support their children with multiplication tables. Thanks to Rochdale Borough Council for this free resource.

Available here in Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Helping My Child Learn Their Multiplication Tables

Dual-language advice for parents on how to support their children with multiplication tables. Thanks to Rochdale Borough Council for this free resource.

Available here in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Czech, Farsi, German, Hungarian, Italian, Kurdish Sorani, Polish, Portuguese and Punjabi

Helping Your Child Start School

Use these translated resources to help bilingual parents support their children. Thank you to Rochdale Borough Council for sharing.

Languages available here are Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Kurdish Sorani, Persian, Polish Portuguese and Punjabi.


Helping Your Child Start School

More languages available to help bilingual parents support their children. Thanks to Rochdale Borough Council’s generosity.

Languages include Romanian, Slovak, Spanish and Urdu.


Mini-Beast Dominoes!

Learn the names of common mini-beasts with this lovely dominoes game.

Spot the Difference Information Gap Activity

Try this. Information gap activities encourage pupils to express what they mean clearly so that someone else understands them.

Summer Journal

Encourage bilingual pupils to record their holiday experiences

2D Shapes Barrier Game

Learn the names of everyday shapes and introduce simple description with this activity.

Build-a-house Game

Download this game to learn key words, colours and numbers.

Irregular Verbs Table

Learn about verb tenses and subject-verb agreement with this helpful table of irregular verbs

Visual Timetable

Use these illustrated cards to show pupils what is going to happen each day in your classroom.

Clothes Barrier Game

Play this activity and learn the names of some basic school clothing.

Local Environment Grid Game

Download this barrier game to learn about local places and colours.

Emotion Fan

Make this simple fan to help pupils share and name their feelings.

Welcome Display

Download these colourful bilingual signs to display in your classroom or around school.

Drawer Labels

Help new pupils learn the names of classroom items and were they are kept.

Survival Keyword Cards

Use these bilingual cards as prompts for pupils to learn basic classroom vocabulary.

Resources for more Advanced Pupils

Try these resources to improve pupils’ language learning. You can do them with a targeted pupils who need help with a specific aspect of English grammar. Or you can use them as a starter activity – to encourage your class to think about and play with language.

Collaborative Reading Comprehension Task

Try this collaborative reading comprehension task to improve children’s literacy skills

Complex Sentences

Make up sentences using these picture grids

Barrier game-Insects

Learn the names of insects with this fun activity

The Tenses Game

Teach your pupils how to use tenses with this guided activity

Word Walls

Use a picture or object to stimulate discussion


Clines are a great way to explore language. Have a look at these examples showing different concepts

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