It was revealed earlier in the year that English is no longer the first language for the majority of pupils in more than one in nine schools.
A growing number of children (almost one in five) in primary education now speak another language in the home, following an increase in the number of children with foreign-born parents.
In some schools, children speak a wide variety of languages including Urdu, Somali, Hindi, Polish, Spanish, Arabic etc. When they arrive at school, some have never seen a word of written English before and may only know a few words or phrases.
For children with English as an additional language (EAL), or for any child with limited vocabulary, the process of learning to read is more difficult. A child might learn to read, but not understand what they are reading and will therefore still be unable to access the curriculum.
Trugs PICS are a new range of trugs games that have been specifically produced to help teach reading to pupils (young or old) who have limited vocabulary – using colourful picture cards to help players by making visual connections with words and short sentences. They are ideal for extending English vocabulary and understanding of words, as well as providing structured phonics games to develop reading skills.
The games follow the same phonic progression as the original trugs games and further details can be found on the FOCUS ON PHONICS website.