Word Aware- Teaching vocabulary across the day, across the curriculum!
Why Word aware?
Vocabulary levels are strong predictors of later literacy skills.
Without a good vocabulary, children struggle to understand what they are taught, to express how they feel, to manage social situations and resolve conflicts.
If a child is in the lowest 20% in vocabulary knowledge at age 5, and you want them to move to an average level within three years, they would have to learn 20 new words a day, every day, for each of those three years!
In Aderyn Du and Barcud Coch spelling activity homework will be given out on a TUESDAY, to be returned the following TUESDAY. Minute Maths homework will be given out on a THURSDAY, to be returned the following THURSDAY. In additon to these weekly homework activities we may, on occasions, ask children to complete some problem solving activities or reading comprehension work in order to consoildate learning that has taken place in class.
READING- We require the children to read 4 times a week at home and that an adult signs their reading record each time that they have read. Although many of the children read fluently by the time that they reach Year 5 and Year 6 it is still very important that they read as often as possible, and vary the type of material that they are reading. Reading to an adult at this age is also encouraged in order that unfamiliar vocabulary is highlighted, or the content of a book or article discussed.