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English Language Support

Language Support


At Djanogly Sherwood Academy we believe it is important to take an interest and embrace the language of others. Did you know that there are over 6800 languages spoken across the world! There are over 30+ common different languages spoken in Nottingham and 55% of children who attend Djanogly Sherwood Academy speak another language other than English. 


Djanogly Sherwood Academy is a place where everyone belongs. Together we create a culture of respect and collaboration where diversity and individuality are celebrated. We believe that trusting relationships are the key to nurture and support talents and skills. 


Although we are a very multi-cultural and diverse school we are seeing an increase in pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL). As the numbers grow we are using a wider variety of support and intervention strategies to support those new to English and to support them to reach age related expectations by the time they leave our school and move onto secondary school. 


How will we support your child who is New to English?


  • Pupils and parents are invited to visit before admission and will be introduced to the EAL team
  • Data is gathered with as much information as possible, to maintain the progress of newly arrived children, including previous schooling, languages spoken, and any other need the pupil has.
  • We assess children's language acquisition as they start in order to give us a baseline judgement
  • A buddy is chosen to support EAL pupil's in class and help with any routines through the day, a visual timetable is also provided
  • A period of orientation will be allowed for the child to settle into his/her new environment (Usually two weeks)
  • The EAL mentors/TAs will initially assess the pupils on language, writing, reading and maths
  • EAL teaching and learning takes place within all lessons and subjects
  • Intervention and groupings  will be discussed with appropriate staff
  • For ‘new to English’ pupils, the Nottingham City framework for EAL language levels will be used to plan appropriate support and interventions. 
  • Our more able pupils will follow the school curriculum (with support in class) and may be withdrawn for support with any subject specific vocabulary during A4L time.

Language of The Term


At Djanogly Sherwood Academy, each term we learn a different language and children are given opportunities to develop their spoken skills. They attend an assembly of the selected language where they are introduced to the country where the language is predominately spoken, they are given the opportunity to hear the language being spoken and are encouraged to practise the language themselves. All teachers embrace the selected language of the term and actively encourage the children to say good morning, good afternoon and respond to simple yes/no questions in the given language. Children will be taught the language for 20 minutes per week from Year 1 to Year 6. In KS2 the focus will be on developing not only spoken skills, but also reading, writing and listening skills in the chosen language. We use Duolingo to practise language skills that we learn during lesson time. 


Each term, we celebrate the language and country studied in a whole school assembly, as well as by having a themed lunch day. We have chosen to learn the top 6 languages (over a 2 year cycle) that are spoken in our school. As a school, we feel it is important to give bilingual children the chance to speak and demonstrate their language skills. Language of the Term also allows monolingual English speakers to encounter and learn to speak different languages.


Every term, 12 key words/phrases are translated for the children.

These are: Good morning : Good afternoon : Welcome : Hello : Goodbye : Yes : No : Please : Thank you : Sorry : Well done : Come here

Spring Term 2021 Language of The Term - Urdu


The chosen language for term 3 and 4 is Urdu.

There are about 105,000,000 people in the world who can speak Urdu.

Urdu is the official language of Pakistan.

Urdu is also spoken in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Fiji, Germany, Guyana, India, Malawi, Mauritius, Nepal, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, UAE, United Kingdom and Zambia.

Urdu is one of our top 6 languages spoken by children at Djanogly Sherwood Academy. 


The Flag of Pakistan

Below are the translations for the 11 words/phrases which the children are encouraged to learn and use throughout the school day. You will find the English word and the translation of the English word into Urdu. These will be displayed in classrooms and on the Languages Display board.


  • Good morning =Subah-bukhair

  • Good afternoon = Dupehr-bukhair

  • Welcome = Kush-amdeed

  • Hello = Aslam - u - alaikum

  • Goodbye = Khudahafiz

  • Yes = Jee

  • No = Naheen

  • Please = Bara'ya-mehurbani

  • Thankyou = Shukriya

  • Sorry = Muaf-karna

  • Well done = Shabash