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“Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word. It means they learned it by reading” - Anonymous
Knowledge of the world is crucial to a child's ability to talk, read and write coherently and with understanding. Key to children developing their vocabulary skills-base, is regular exposure to quality spoken language that is modelled for them at home and at at school alongside regular access to challenging and engaging texts (fiction and non-fiction) that can be read often. Knowledge of the world vocabulary is that which can be developed through topic-related reading of non-fiction texts, magazines and newspapers. Any opportunity that can be provided at home to expose children to ambitious vocabulary and that also encourages them to experiment with words, will build upon and reinforce the daily vocabulary drive EYFS-Year 6 children are enjoying in school. Reading fiction is a source of great pleasure to many children and adults alike, but without knowledge of the world vocabulary the meaning and/or essential details of a story can too often sadly be lost. Having a wide vocabulary bank at their disposal will also help refine a child's communication and interpersonal skills, in turn helping them mature into articulate and confident speakers.

Vanishing Vocabulary: The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane

This enchanting book celebrates words from nature that are vanishing from our language. Can you think of any words you would hate to see lost forever? Could you write your own spell to help keep your favourite words alive? What illustration would you choose? Would you choose to use music to help engage your listener? Could you finish a story that opened with 'Once upon a time, words began to vanish...'? If you think you could keep words alive, share your words and ideas with each other and with your teachers. Every year, words that not used often enough disappear from dictionaries. Which words do you think should be saved? Could you imagine a world without these words? Do you think any words should be forgotten? Why?

We are vocabulary Ninjas! 

We follow Andrew Jenning's Vocabulary Ninja programme which means we learn a new word every single day. We discuss how to read the word, we look at the definition and even look at synonyms. We then try and experiment using the word in our speech and our writing. 

Vocabulary games to play

Where to find new vocabulary