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.