Word Aware: teaching vocabulary across the day across the curriculum

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This event will take place between 9:00am and 4:00pm on 06/11/2018.

Well developed vocabulary is required to:

  • Understand concepts in subjects such as maths and science
  • Develop reading comprehension
  • Write expressively
  • Succeed academically and in life

The new National Curriculum states: ‘Pupils’ acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Teachers should therefore develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on pupils’ current knowledge.’ This course guides participants through that systematic approach.

Spoken vocabulary at age 5 impacts on reading comprehension at 15 years of age. Yet children from the poorest 20% are already a year behind with spoken vocabulary by 5. There are many children in our classrooms who need support.

Word Aware is a structured whole school approach to promote the vocabulary development of all children. Focussed on whole class learning, the approach is of particular value for those who start at a disadvantage - including children with Special Educational Needs and those who speak English as an additional language. This approach is full of practical and inspiring ideas that can be easily applied by busy classroom practitioners to develop both spoken and written vocabulary. Course participants will have resources and ideas to apply immediately.


  1. Learn how to implement vocabulary teaching within the new National Curriculum
  2. Review the evidence about the importance of spoken and written vocabulary
  3. Explore word learning theory
  4. Learn a structured approach to teaching vocabulary in the classroom

You can find out more about Word Aware HERE

Audience: This course is suited to class teachers, Headteachers, SENCOs, Specialist Teachers, EAL teachers, Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists.

Date: Tuesday 6th November 2018, 9am – 4pm.

Venue: Ash Grove Academy, Belgrave Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7TF

Cost: £170.00+vat per delegate plus £50.00 for the official resource book needed to deliver the training. Lunch and refreshments included.

Course Leaders: Stephen Parsons and Anna Branagan, experienced Speech and Language therapists from Thinking Talking.

To Book: please complete the booking form below and return it to Alison abroadhurst@aet.cheshire.sch.uk