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Vocabulary in the curriculum

Unit 4


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What are Ofsted's expectations for the teaching of vocabulary, and how can you ensure they are embedded into your curriculum? This session looks into just that: exploring the National Curriculum expectations with regards to teaching vocabulary, including subjects other than English. It looks at the importance of oracy, being able to say and use a word rather than simply being able to read and understand it, in truly improving children's vocabulary. It also runs through some of the key curriculum guidance on vocabulary teaching, and asks you think about how often you focus on these in your own classroom teaching. Then looks at tiered vocabulary, and appropriate book choices for reading.

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Ruth Baker-Leask

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.

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