Across the school we are focusing on developing vocabulary, and increasing the interesting words in every child's personal word 'bank'. The research has made it abundantly clear that children with poor personal vocabulary knowledge and understanding rapidly fall behind at school: from as early as age 11 they can be struggling to understand vital words across all subjects. They can struggle in the playground and in their relationships, because they do not understand the subtle nuances of language. Throughout secondary school they will fall further and further behind because their personal language level will not match that being used at school - in classes and, importantly, in exam papers. There is a significant correlation between employability and also between mental health issues later in life, and low vocabulary acquisition. So it is a priority that we address this early, and right from the start of school we are working to actively build children's vocabulary and to make them 'word aware': recognising that there is a wealth of words out there to be learned, and cherished, used, and shared.
The Word Collector
At the start of our period of homelearning during the COVID19 lockdown, we shared this story (with permission of the author) with all our children and asked them to collect words of their own to share with us all on Padlet Boards - one for each Phase.
Poems and Posters on Words - Wonderweek Words by Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4)
Children in Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4) were asked to choose words from their padlet, and present these words in their own context.
Wonderweek Word Videos
A compilation of the videos that children made to present their new words.
These are the words collected by Phase 1 (Reception and Key Stage One)