Child Development – Key Subject Vocabulary

Learning new vocabulary is a continual process of literacy development. Knowledge of vocabulary meanings affects students’ abilities to understand and use words appropriately during acts of speaking and listening, reading and writing: these are the fundamental skills on which all social and academic interactions are built.

Developing vocabulary skills facilitates effective learning and expression, in all avenues of school life and, indeed, beyond. Subject specific vocabulary is something that we are passionate about here at Boldon; we are continually striving to raise the profile of whole-school literacy. By enriching our students’ subject-specific vocabulary, we aim to enhance students’ critical thinking skills whilst strengthening their ability to access materials and resources necessary to succeed in all subjects.

Lastly, it is important to consider how much of our social world revolves around clear communication and forging effective relationships. The ability to understand and access subject-specific vocabulary therefore paves the way for us to be able to share words of encouragement and words of sentiment, which is a profound skill, is made more accessible by an expanded vocabulary. With this in mind, we hope that our students leave us with such skills, being confident in their expressiveness, in whichever avenue they take once they leave us.

Child Learning (OCR) – Key Subject Vocabulary 

Development – development refers to the physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth that occurs throughout a child and young person’s life.

Preparation –  to make or get something or someone ready for something that will happen in the future ( example – Preparing for motherhood)

Antenatal – relating to the medical care given to pregnant women before their babies are born

Pregnancy – The condition between conception (fertilisation of an egg by a sperm) and birth, during which the fertilised egg develops in the uterus

Postnatal – relating to the period of time immediately after a baby has been born

Disease – impairments in a child’s physical, cognitive, language, or behavioural development.

Environment –  These include the social, emotional, economic, and physical environment

Equipment – From swings, slides and sandboxes, playground equipment stimulates cognitive and social development

Nutrition – Nutrition is defined as the quality of the food and beverages necessary to fuel our bodies and promote normal cognitive, physical, and social and emotional development.

Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding, or nursing, is the process by which human breast milk is fed to a child

Gynaecologist – Paediatric gynaecology or paediatric gynaecology is the medical practice dealing with the health of the vagina, vulva, uterus, and ovaries of infants

Menstrual Cycle – The menstrual cycle is the monthly series of changes a woman’s body goes through in preparation for the possibility of pregnancy

Preconception – refers to the health of people during their reproductive years, or the years they can have a child

Contraceptives – Contraception’ is the word used to describe the prevention of pregnancy. Its basic aim is to either: a. Prevent the egg and sperm from meeting so that fertilisation cannot take place; or b. Prevent implantation of a fertilised egg into the uterus.


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