Developing Children’s Word Power: Teaching Vocabulary for Reading and Writing.

Research suggests that a large working vocabulary is a predictor of achievement in reading as well as of an obvious advantage in writing. Yet few schools teach vocabulary specifically. This new training course, suggests that teaching vocabulary should be explicitly included in the primary curriculum, as well as integrated into existing activities such as teaching writing. It is intended for all primary teachers, teaching assistants and English Subject Leads, working in Years 1 to 6.


The training will include sessions on:

  • Expanding children’s vocabulary – an approach to teaching new words
  • Strategies for retrieving and inferring the meaning of words from texts
  • Dictionary work
  • Playing with words
  • A language rich classroom environment
  • Extending vocabulary through talk

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