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A good grasp of vocabulary – understanding a wide range of words and how to use them in context – will help your child not only articulate and explain what they think, but enable them to ask the right questions to learn more.

The words they learn during conversations at home will help them construct and build their own conversations at school and socially. Your child will be better able to understand what a task or test requires of them, to join in with class discussions, and to join in with play. As their command of the English language grows, so will their confidence.

Blog: The wonder of words

Find out how learning new words can help your child succeed, and how you can help at home.

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Mind the Word Gap

A report published by Oxford University Press in 2018, Why the Word Gap Matters, revealed that there’s an increasing number of children at primary and secondary school who have a limited vocabulary – a word gap. During the research, 67% of primary school teachers said that broadening pupils’ vocabulary is a high priority.

Find out more about the report, why the word gap matters and what you can do at home to help your child’s vocabulary in our blog post: The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home.

Vocabulary at primary school

Throughout primary school, your child will be expected to grow their vocabulary. They’ll be asked to articulate and justify their answers and opinions, to give well-structured descriptions, to participate actively in conversations.

Teachers will expect your child to listen to what they’re saying, understand it, and give an appropriate response. They’ll also expect your child to ask relevant questions to extend their knowledge and understanding.

Watch our video to find out how to help boost your child’s vocabulary at home:

Video: How to grow your child’s vocabulary

Education expert and parent Isabel Thomas offers her advice on improving your child’s vocabulary, and suggests tips for reading with your child.

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