Teaching of Vocabulary
We know that teaching children new vocabulary is essential if they are to achieve their best in school. All children in school are explicitly taught vocabulary through their class novel, theme lessons. KS2 also access an online programme called Bedrock Vocabulary.
Children have repeated exposures to both tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary through the planned approach to vocabulary teaching so that they are able to develop connections between words, their meanings and their origins. Children engage with words in real-life contexts and are encouraged to use new vocabulary accurately in their independent writing.
The 'six steps' of Bedrock are used in all classes in school and Y3-6 have two weekly lessons in our ICT suite engaged in the Bedrock online programme. This programme is designed to ensure that children are re-visiting and building upon their language learning week on week. Children love the interactive nature of this work and are developing a love of language and words which can be seen in the vocabulary choices they make in writing.
In January 2019, we had a whole school focus on #oneword. Instead of setting ourselves new years' resolutions, we set ourselves 'one word' which we are going to refer to for the whole year to help us to remain focused on improving ourselves and the people we care about. Here are some examples of words chosen, explained and illustrated by our children.