EAL: Blog items

Using tenses to order events in the past

Date: 20th Jun 2022 @ 10:56am

Our KS2 group is looking at using different tenses at the moment. This week, we are using tenses to order two events in the past.

Tenses can be tricky, so we are playing lots of games to help us remember how each one is formed.

Planting sunflowers

Date: 8th Jun 2022 @ 10:06am

This week, we have been looking at how we can write events in order. We have read a book which showed us what we need to do to plant a sunflower seed and help it grow into a sunflower. So, we had a go ourselves and now we are going to write our own book using the same language structures!


Date: 25th May 2022 @ 3:19pm

In our KS2 group ,we have been finding out the meaning of contractions such as I'm , doesn't and  don't. We played a game to help us, and we found out that two words have been shortened and made into one word. We have found that  many of our reading books use contractions too.

Fruit or vegetable?

Date: 19th May 2022 @ 10:56am

This week in Y1, we have been learning the language of fruit and vegetables . Here we are sorting the photos of each into the right group.

Using words to help us order events

Date: 28th Apr 2022 @ 10:51am

In our KS1 group this week, we have been looking at the words that help us order events: first, next, then, after that and finally. We have used them to order the life cycle of a sunflower, and now we know the words, we can order anything we want to!


Welcome back!

Date: 21st Apr 2022 @ 10:21am

Welcome back to school for our final term of this academic year. We hope all our families have had an enjoyable holiday.

This week, we have been busy practising some of our skills learnt before the holiday.Practice makes progress!

Using plurals

Date: 30th Mar 2022 @ 4:57pm

KS2 have been investgating how to form English plurals . We have used plurals to generalise and have written our own sentences to practise the skill. We visited Nursery's ducklings to get some inspiration for our work !

The language of time

Date: 23rd Mar 2022 @ 4:51pm

Our KS2 group has been using the language of time to compare one time with another. We've used it in our CC to compare two different periods of time and we can use it in sentences to answer questions about time.

Investigating present perfect

Date: 15th Mar 2022 @ 2:11pm

Today, Y4 have been investigating how we form the present perfect tense. We looked for it and found it in our book too.

The language of shape

Date: 9th Mar 2022 @ 12:59pm

Over the past two weeks, our KS2 group has been learning the language of shape. We have enjoyed  using the new words to give each other clues,  and then guessing the name of the 2d or 3d shape.


What can we see in Clayton?

Date: 2nd Mar 2022 @ 1:03pm

With our Y2 group, we are looking at the names of buildings we can see aorund where we live. How many buildings can you see in Clayton and what are they called?

Learning vocabulary for our reading book

Date: 16th Feb 2022 @ 2:25pm

This week, Y1 have been learning the new vocabulary in our reading book.

We practised recognising the graphemes, checked we knew the phonemes, decoded the words and matched the words to the pictures.

Finally, we were able to read the whole reading book! Great work Y1!

Threshold Challenge!

Date: 9th Feb 2022 @ 5:24pm

Before we could even get into our EAL room today, we had to do a Threshold Challenge! We had to walk along the path of base verbs and say each one in the simple past. The path started outside the room and wound its way all the way to our table.

Luckily, everyone knew their past tense verbs. Well done!



Learning irregular past tense verbs

Date: 2nd Feb 2022 @ 1:19pm

This week, our KS2 group have been having fun learning some irregular past simple verbs.  They are so tricky as they do not follow the rules and we have to learn them, so we need to practise, practise, practise!


Hot and cold

Date: 12th Jan 2022 @ 8:50am

Y2 have been learning the language of temperature, and then looking at cold habitats. We have learnt the names of some animals that live in the Artic.

Happy New Year and welcome back!

Date: 4th Jan 2022 @ 11:17am

Wishing all our families a very happy start to 2022 ! We are looking forward to welcoming you back tomorrow for the start of our new term.


Well done !

Date: 16th Dec 2021 @ 10:58am

We are finishing off the week with some exciting games - practising everything we have learnt over the past term. What a lot we have covered !

Everyone has worked so hard and made so much progress! Well done!

Wishing you a happy and safe holiday,

Mrs Harriott


New phonemes

Date: 8th Dec 2021 @ 4:08pm

Each week , we learn some new phonemes because many of us are having to learn a completely new alphabet and sound system. This week,KS2 have looked at different ways of writing the sound u . How many ways can you think of?


Checking our skills!

Date: 1st Dec 2021 @ 5:10pm

We have been checking our basic skills this week to make sure we can recall  them  whenever we need to.

Here we are looking at ordering numbers and reading common exception words. 

The language of time

Date: 23rd Nov 2021 @ 10:44am

We have been looking at the language of time this week. We are learning to tell the time, order the months of the year and use other words which tell us more about when something happens such as before and after. Great work team!




Subject verb agreement fun!

Date: 17th Nov 2021 @ 8:19am

We have been practising the tricky skill of making the verb agree with the subject of our sentences by playing games. We used all of our teamwork skills to choose the corrrect from of the verb.


Date: 9th Nov 2021 @ 2:04pm

We have been looking at breaking up words into syllables to help us say, read and write words. Can you decide if we have sorted the pictures correctly? 

In, on or under ?

Date: 3rd Nov 2021 @ 10:23am

We've been having lots of fun this week using the prepositions in, on and under! Can you guess which preposition we are showing you in the photos?

Sentence order

Date: 20th Oct 2021 @ 1:18pm

We have been looking at the order of words in English sentences this week. It can be so tricky, so we colour coded the subject, verb and object in each sentence to help us.

Great work everyone !

We have been generating our own success criteria.

Date: 14th Oct 2021 @ 10:41am

We have been generating our own success criteria for  so we know what makes a great piece of writing.

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