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Developing Vocabulary across the Primary Age Range



Thursday  6th February 2020 9.15am - 12.30pm



Aureus School Buildings, Candytuft Way, Didcot OX11 6FF



Are you noticing a word-gap? With recent research and media coverage reporting a significant ‘word-gap’ for pupils, the development of a wide and rich vocabulary is becoming an ever-increasing priority for many schools. Through practical approaches and activities, this course will explore the explicit teaching of vocabulary and the embedding of vocabulary development within reading and writing, as well as across the wider curriculum. 

Participants will: 

  • consider the current agenda of oracy and vocabulary, including research findings, and reflect on their schools’ position
  • explore best practice approaches to teaching vocabulary, including strategies, activities and resources
  • understand how to support pupils to develop and apply vocabulary for spoken language, reading and writing
  • acquire activities and resources to support classroom practice
  • Trainer

    Susie Spolander is an experienced primary school teacher and English consultant whose practice includes classroom teaching and senior leadership across the key stages; English consultancy throughout the primary sector; and writing, developing and leading training events and projects in a range of areas to address current educational priorities. For this work, she has been awarded the Gold Quality Mark for Professional Development by the London Institute of Education. Susie is passionate about finding innovative ways to inspire teachers and engage learners, so works alongside school leaders, class teachers and support staff to support school development through a range of training, leadership and classroom-based approaches.