Throughout the week, each class in the school had a visit from one of our parents. The parent then read a book to the class in the parent's mother language.
This is a fantastic way for us to recognise and affirm the linguistic diversity in our community. Many children benefited from having a language that isn't their own, flowing over their ears. They experienced story telling in a different way - appreciating tone of voice, facial expression, and the book's illustrations more than ever before.
Children were also supported by the parent reader, who took time to discuss the story in English.
Read more about the barriers that can be experienced by parents with English as an Additional Language, and some of the steps that Educate Together schools are encouraged to take to support those parents in feeling involved as valued members of the school community.