BEP Blog – Issue 54

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Good Morning Everyone,

The weather continues to put a spring in everyone’s step. A couple of weeks ago we held our second reading CPD day all about ROBUST vocabulary instruction. It was brilliant and as ever at these events, it makes me realise how little ‘tweaks’ to current practice could really make such a difference to the reading ability of children. With the Summer break approaching I thought I would recommend some holiday reading.

“Bringing Words to Life”

Isabel Beck

“Closing the Vocabulary Gap”

Alex Quigley

In short, this is what we learnt…

‘Put simply, the word-rich get richer, but the word-poor get poorer’.

‘By explicitly teaching a mere 300 to 400 words a year we can foster an annual growth of around 3000 to 4000 words’.

‘With a bigger, harder curriculum, in any subject, we begin with the words’.

‘Vocabulary teaching can be incidental, disorganised and limited, when it needs to be organised, cumulative and rich’. (Quigley 2018)

Visit the Etymology website

Some thoughts to leave you with…

Have a good week everyone and you know where we are if you need anything

My very best wishes to you all


Director of Continuous School Improvement, Birmingham Education Partnership

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