Research shows that the size of a child’s vocabulary is a strong predictor of reading success and also for success in future tests and exams. We aim to provide lessons where we explicitly teach vocabulary, raise children’s interest and motivation to develop their own vocabulary and celebrate exploring and using ambitious word choice. We want to support all our children to use a wide vocabulary, whilst recognising that children join our school at very different starting points.
Teaching & Learning
We use a number of practical strategies to help children to develop their vocabulary
Three tiers of vocabulary have been identified and teachers explicitly plan how to use and explore words from each tier.
Tier 1 words – basic words used in the child’s everyday setting (e.g. go, play).
Tier 2 words – complex words (e.g. compare, neutral).
Tier 3 words – highly specialised, subject-specific words (e.g. isosceles).
Equality of opportunity
The gap between vocabulary used by children from a ‘word-rich’ environment and by those from families where children are not read to or spoken to as frequently is significant. It is our aim to narrow this gap and we provide additional support for children who have a limited vocabulary. Children who have English as an additional language are also supported to develop their vocabulary.