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OFSTED judgements v EMASUK

OFSTED judgements v EMASUK


Toucan is now available in your inbox if you have subscribed to it or  download and choose our free teacher magazine. To subscribe email . Here are some highlights from the newest magazine.

Country of the month information

Country of the month information

Every magazine has a different country of the month with information which is good for Geography and  PSHE as well as for wall displays and background information for teachers.




Every magazine has a quick quiz  (with the answers), a free teaching resource as well as a faith calendar .


Mothering sunday

Mothering sunday

Useful information to save you researching. This time its about Mothering Sunday good for RE and Early Years teachers but it has been on many other traditions and cultures to develop our own understanding of different cultures.

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My child’s amazing bilingual abilities and skills are not valued, used or developed in English-only school

This was piece recently that I read in the Guardian what do you think?

My child’s amazing bilingual abilities and skills are not valued, used or developed in his English-only school.”

The Government can point to a growth in the number of bilingual primary schools as a result of its free school programme – there are French, German and Spanish schools in operation.

In addition, it is making languages compulsory from the age of seven in state primary schools for the first time ever from next September.

However, such actions are too little, Ms Gavrilova feels. “Our children are set to grow up in a world where their sense of normality is very different from ours,” says the brochure outlining its plans. “Their ability to adapt and adjust will be the difference between success and failure.

“It’s why the behemoth of the British education system is increasingly not the answer to our children’s needs.”

But what do you think?

I think schools delivering bilingual opportunities are valuing their learners and parents culture.  It from the first language that the second language is learnt and developed. It is only done much quicker than the traditional methods used as the young people brains are wired differently so they can translate easier and quicker across language using the technologies available to them to support their language acquisition. But what are your views?

If you would like more information on the tools and resources we have available to make your job easier when communicating with children or parents then contact us at or 0845 009 4939 Thanks Liz

Why using games are good for developing linguistic literacy?


Developing resources for children means working towards their attention span and ability levels this often means creating resources that are one hit visually appealing with the information required. For example if I were to want to learn the numbers 1-10 in Welsh the simplest way would be to practice counting, but this often gives you  a  linear view of numbers. This means that as a learner I know that 5 comes before 6 so 6 must follow 5, but if you threw the number 8 at me if I hadn’t gone from 7 then I could end up stumped.


If we were to develop this further into a game of snap and I played against a welsh speaker as the numbers went down they would say what was on the card, I would hear this and I would know what it sounded like, consequently, I would learn very quickly what the number represented or I would lose my cards. This is an non- linear method of teaching number progression its fast, efficient and fun, and the majority of learners don’t even know they have done it. This works with numbers really well but if I wanted to learn animals then perhaps a game of pairs would be better.  The secret of the learning part of the game is to make sure that both parties verbalise what they are seeing. The same cards could then be used to develop a game with  flash cards or clock solitaire.

Within the resource library is a series of cards that cover the basic words needed to have a good understanding of curriculum areas such as maths  and science and can be used in 100 different ways.

The cards and activities are good all round learning and assessment tools as well as having the added ability of  being sent home for parents to play as well as being ideal games for wet playtimes.

See our Facebook page for todays free resource of  animals that live in ponds.  I especially chose Malay as un-translated the one words says IKAN EMAS and supporting learners is what we all Kan do. Which animal is it?  Clue we all know that EMAS means gold as we always talk about the Golden Welcome as we want to give everyone a golden welcome.


Can you imagine the loss felt by a child when they leave what they know and those they love.

ImageAlmost 2 years ago at I met a wonderful lady called Anne Curtis, she writes books. We sat down together and I asked her if she would write a book for me. A book that helped others understand the emotions felt by a child when they moved to another place or left their home. Anne created a story for me called ‘Pip’. Pip comes from another world and speaks a different language, as so many of our new arrival do. The story looks at the emotions around the move from sadness, confusion, loss and fear to building the positiveness that comes with acceptance, peer friendships, family harmony and the blending of both worlds.

The book uses simple language to portray the emotions in terms that can be understood by everyone. Pip is exclusive to EMAS UK and a short video of the book is on You Tube if you would like to see how powerful an impact a few words, stunning graphics and a talent for immotive words can have.

This book is now available in over 20 languages as bilingual text giving home language readers the opportunity to read it alongside English language readers.

The book can be bought from EMAS UK using the website link

January Ezine – flying to your inboxes

January members E-Zine should be in email boxes by tomorrow. This months includes a focus on literacy skills including practical tips, information about Poland, polish recipe, February faith calendar, quiz and the free resource is for the curriculum area RE in Polish about Buddah.

This months interesting facts = February is the Chinese Year of the Snake as well as the beginning of Lent.

If you are not a member and would like this free magazine please email info@emasuk with subject Free E-zine.  In the email put your name, address and school (if a teacher/governor/TA etc) and the mail you would like it sent to.

Science Resource – Habitat

Just uploaded new resources for Science and EAL/ESOL/TEFL teachers.


To access

  1. go to,
  2. choose login
  3. Put in password etc
  4. Go to resource vault
  5. Choose either Science or the language you need.
  6. Find the resource labelled Habitats Pre Learning.
  7. Share with EAL students prior to habitats project

Here are two examples in Latvian and Somali

Pre-Learning words for Habitat Science Projects

Pre-Learning words for Habitat Science Projects


Habitats Pre Learning Words - Somali/English

Habitats Pre Learning Words – Somali/English

Languages uploaded today include: Guajarati, Urdu, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Malay, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish and Turkish.  Thank you to the translators for their help.

To become  a member for these resources contact us at or +44 845 009 4939 or UK 0845 009 4939.