The words we choose to use express not just what something looks like or feels like, they capture the mood of the moment. They are a reflection of our characters, and a window into our thoughts and attitudes. Words are personal.
In this series, Ruth Baker-Leask looks at the importance of vocabulary development, and the power a broad and rich vocabulary can have on children's success, both academically, personally and socially.
She will explore the research that underpins what we know about words and how they work, as well as the essential word knowledge that children need.
The purpose of this first session, Helping Children Discover a Love of Words, is to explore how to engage children in vocabulary learning, developing their fascination for words and their meanings, and investigating the importance of word play.
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Former headteacher Ruth is now an independent education advisor, supporting schools, trusts and other organisations across the UK. She is currently chair of the National Association of Advisors in English (NAAE), an associate consultant for the National Literacy Trust (NLT) and a member of The United Kingdom Literacy Association's (UKLA) awards and members committee.
About the Course
This series of 8 units has been developed in partnership with The National Literacy Trust to help you develop a cumulative, rich vocabulary curriculum throughout your school. During this course, Ruth Baker-Leask will explore the research that underpins what we know about words and how they work, as well as the essential word knowledge that children need and practical strategies that you can embed into your teaching.