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St. Peter's National School, Phibsboro, Dublin
St. Peter’s will re open from 1st March and welcome back all of our students from Junior Infants -2nd class As per government guidelines, all remaining classes from 3rd-6th will return from the 15th of March (subject to public health advice) In the meantime, 3rd-6th class pupils will continue to work remotely via Dojo/zoom and Microsoft Teams.  | Please see parents' section to access enrolment forms for the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 school years
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EAL tips for parents

Hi Parents/Teachers,

This page is here to help support both children and parents who are learning English as their second language.

There are plenty of activities that you can do at home with your child to help develop their English language.

  • Develop Oral Language
    • Encourage your child to name objects found in the house in English (e.g. I Spy, Scavenger Hunt)
    • Guessing game: Allow your child to describe an object to you without saying its name and try to figure it out.
    • Conversations: “How are you?, what did you do today?, Do you like……?, etc.”
  • Reading
    • for online reading (ask teachers to set this up)
    • Online read along on Youtube – search ‘Read-Along Books with Highlighted Words.’
    • Here are some suggested titles:

The Three Little Pigs –

The Gingerbread Man –

Goldilocks and the Three Bears –

  • Writing
    • Encourage your child to write a list of what English words they know (foods, clothes, body parts, etc.)
    • Write a sentence about a picture. (this can be their own picture or one chosen for them.)
    • Practice writing letters and words using other materials (sand, water, playdough, strings/shoelaces, etc.)

Useful websites and apps:

Online picture books/audio books:,

  • Phonics/word building on Youtube: search ‘Alphablocks’
  • Twinkl (free to parents) visual and interactive activities for EAL: search ‘EAL’ (Create an account to access resources)
  • Fun and creative apps such as ‘Duolingo’, ‘Babbel’ can be downloaded through App stores. Ideal for learning words and phrases.

EAL (English as an Additional Language) Tips for parents