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7 Strategies to Explore Unfamiliar Vocabulary

A 10-year-old child who is a good reader will encounter something like 1 million words a year (around 12 novels), but crucially, approximately 20,000 of those words will prove unfamiliar (Oakhill et al. 2015). It is important then to support our pupils to develop an array of independent word learning strategies to explore and to …

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Cracking the Academic Code

(This article was first published in Teach Secondary Magazine. You can subscribe HERE) How could a group of crossword puzzle champions save the world? Such a startling question has a very British answer, and it should inspire teachers everywhere. During WWII, at Bletchley Park, a collection of academics and other intelligent folk became ordinary heroes, …

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Spelling Test Support – Advice for Parents (and Teachers)

It is an act repeated the world over: children trundle home with their spelling lists to learn and parents dutifully help them prepare for the dreaded spelling test at the end of the week. I’m father to a young daughter who is very intent on doing well in such spelling tests, but who can sometimes …

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