World Book Day: What we are planning

World Book Day is an exciting time of year, when teachers have settled comfortably into the routine of the year and new classes but before the pressure ramps up with summer exams. It is an opportunity to let your creativity out and let your bookishness reign. Our school included in their calendar this year a... Continue Reading →

Great Expectations: Tier 2 Vocabulary

Tier 2 Vocabulary to support the teaching and learning of Great Expectations to English Language Learners. Arabic translations included to support ESL and EAL students. Divided into groups of ten for weekly spelling and revision. This coincides with the Great Expectations Knowledge Organiser and the vocabulary therein.   Vocabulary Translation Definition 1 Conflict نزاع A... Continue Reading →

Edexcel Non-Fiction: Tier 2 Vocabulary

Important vocabulary for approaching the Edexcel iGCSE Non-Fiction unit. Arabic translations included for English Language Learners     Vocabulary Translation Definition 1 Climax ذروة The point where tension and drama is at its highest in an extract 2 Exposition معرض Detailed description (of a setting) at the beginning of a narrative 3 Memoir مذكرات A... Continue Reading →

Word of the Week: Case Studies

I posted here earlier in the year as we began our journey exploring vocabulary in more detail and explicitly teaching Tier 2 vocabulary to our cohorts. We have since offered a 'Word of Week' tailored to the curriculum content we offer with a few specific rules: The format of the Word of the Week remains... Continue Reading →

Word of the Week

We have been introducing to our students since the beginning of the year. It builds into our formative knowledge curriculum and the importance of explicitly teaching vocabulary exploration; as @Doug_Lemov describes it in 'Reading Reconsidered': “making a case study out of certain words and their application.” Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week... Continue Reading →

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