Word of the Week

JUN
28

WORD OF THE WEEK: DESTINATION

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the place a traveller is travelling to, or where something is being sent to

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JUN
26

WORD OF THE WEEK: TRANSITION

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the process of changing from one state to another

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JUN
15

WORD OF THE WEEK: ILLUSTRATION

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the act of explaining by giving examples and comparisons, especially using diagrams or pictures

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JUN
07

WORD OF THE WEEK: CONTRAST

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to compare by showing the differences; a clear difference between two things

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MAY
31

WORD OF THE WEEK: IDENTIFY

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to find out, recognise or show the characteristics of something or someone

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MAY
23

WORD OF THE WEEK: SUMMARISE / SUMMARIZE

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Which is correct? Does it matter? Both mean 'to briefly give the main points'.

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MAY
16

WORD OF THE WEEK: DEMONSTRATE

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to show; to give a practical explanation or display

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MAY
15

WORD OF THE WEEK: EVALUATE

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to work out or assess the value, worth, amount or size of something

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MAY
07

WORD OF THE WEEK: ANALYSE

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to break down into details, in order to explain and interpret

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APR
25

Teaching Vocabulary Effectively

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Vocabulary knowledge is crucial for educational development.

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APR
24

WORD OF THE WEEK: CONTINGENCY

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a possible future circumstance, or a plan for one

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APR
24

WORD OF THE WEEK: AGGRESSIVE

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behaving as if likely to attack

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APR
24

WORD OF THE WEEK: DECIMATE

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to weaken, to destroy

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APR
24

WORD OF THE WEEK: NEOLOGISM

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a newly-created word; the practice of creating new words

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APR
16

WORD OF THE WEEK: RESURRECTION

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the act of bringing or coming back to life, reviving or revitalising

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APR
03

WORD OF THE WEEK: EMANCIPATION

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the act of freeing someone from slavery, authority or other restrictions

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APR
01

WORD OF THE WEEK: INSUBORDINATION

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the act of defying or disobeying authority

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MAR
27

WORD OF THE WEEK: CALCULATOR

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an everyday item, but you probably won't know where the name comes from!

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MAR
25

WORD OF THE WEEK: CORPORATE

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to do with a large group or company

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MAR
20

WORDS OF THE WEEK: COMEDY

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You gotta laugh! We take a look at the origins of humour-related vocab.

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MAR
13

ROOT OF THE WEEK: THERM

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Meaning 'heat', THERM crops up in so many scientific words - it's not just about your vests!

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MAR
10

WORD OF THE WEEK: SUFFRAGETTE

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a woman who campaigns for the right of women to vote

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MAR
06

WORD OF THE WEEK: COMPETITIVE

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naturally determined to win; as good as or better than the rest

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FEB
27

WORD OF THE WEEK: TRADITIONAL

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passed on from generation to generation, long-established, done by habit

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FEB
20

WORD OF THE WEEK: COALITION

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an alliance with a combined goal, often political or military, usually temporary

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FEB
06

WORD OF THE WEEK: RETRIBUTION

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a punishment as revenge for wrong-doing

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FEB
03

The Dyslexia Debate

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What is Dyslexia?

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JAN
30

WORD OF THE WEEK: DISCUSS

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It sounds a simple enough word, but it's actually quite hard-HITTING...

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JAN
20

Odd Opposites: SINISTER and DEXTEROUS

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'Creepily evil', and 'handily skilled'. How do they even START to be opposites?

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JAN
18

WORD OF THE WEEK: RESTORATIVE

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How is a STORE linked to a STATION?

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JAN
10

WORD OF THE WEEK: INTERMITTENT

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Not continuous, from time to time

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JAN
06

Odd Opposites: PROSE and VERSE

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Are you a prosaic person, or do you often versify? Why are these two opposites, anyway?

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DEC
30

DETOXIFICATION

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New Year, new you! DETOXIFY your holiday-dulled brain with some clever vocab!

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OCT
16

WORD OF THE WEEK: SOMBRE

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Coming from a mash of two Latin words, you'll be surprised which other words are linked to SOMBRE!

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SEP
01

WORD OF THE WEEK: VACATION

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a holiday, especially one between terms at schools, colleges, etc.

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AUG
17

WORD OF THE WEEK: ERADICATE

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to destroy or wipe out completely

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JUL
15

Dinosaur Definitions

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We all know a bit about dinosaurs, whether from early primary school memories or from the film 'Jurassic Park'! But do you know what their names can tell us about them?

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JUN
20

WORD OF THE WEEK: CURSORY

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Spare at least a CURSORY glance for our Word this week!

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JUN
10

Have a very Happy Birthday! But only if you're speaking English...

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Where does English get the phrase Happy Birthday from?

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MAY
23

WORD OF THE WEEK: COMPLEMENTARY

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Don't get caught out with the wrong spelling!

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APR
26

Word of the Week: TECHNOLOGY

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TECHNOLOGY is the root of all inventions - including apple crumble...

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APR
26

End the War on Phonics – just call it something else…..

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a rose by any other name would smell as sweet

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MAR
07

Time to Shine!

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Feeling sparkly? Add some glitter to your conversation with glistening synonyms!

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MAR
01

WORD OF THE WEEK: EUPHONISM

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Discombobulated. Gaggle. Serene. Which words do you love the sound of?

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FEB
29

Poor language skills in nursery-aged children: who should help?

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A Save the Children report finds that children with poor language skills at age five are significantly more likely to struggle with maths at age 11. Literacy teacher Katy Parkinson comments:

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FEB
09

There but for the grace of God go I.

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Illiteracy in our prisons needs to be taken seriously - by society and especially by our politicians.

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FEB
07

Six words with surprising origins

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You'll never guess what these words really mean!

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FEB
06

Five words that deserve to be slipped into everyday conversation.

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Want to spice up your vocabulary? Try sprinkling these into your conversations today!

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JAN
11

Does Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) really work?

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Can reading improvement in weak readers really be that simple?

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JAN
07

WORD OF THE WEEK: CARBUNCLE

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What links Sherlock Holmes, buttercups, and a nasty infection? Elementary, my dear word-nerds!

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NOV
20

Sound Training goes West!

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An exciting week for Sound Training in the United States.

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NOV
12

How can we encourage independent thinking in students?

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Should we teach reading, thinking skills and vocabulary development simultaneously so that our students become independent thinkers and develop greater understanding?

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SEP
30

Looks like the Phonic War is still going strong - we need to stop it!

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Perhaps we could stop the war if we simply stop teaching ‘phonics’ and start teaching ‘decoding'.

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SEP
21

WORD OF THE WEEK: PANTOPHOBIA

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Does the sense of dread that many people associate with Monday mornings seem to linger all week? You may have PANTOPHOBIA...

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SEP
07

WORD OF THE WEEK: PORTMANTEAU WORDS

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If you watched an infomercial showing Brangelina having a Frappuccino with spam for brunch in a motel, you'd be experiencing a whole lot of PORTMANTEAU words - as well as a highly unlikely scenario!

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AUG
24

WORD OF THE WEEK: SERENDIPITY

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SERENDIPITY: the occurrence or discovery of something useful or lucky, simply by chance

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AUG
22

WORD OF THE WEEK: SYMBIOSIS

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a beneficial relationship or interaction between different people, groups or organisms

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AUG
03

WORD OF THE WEEK: AESTIVATION

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I'd love to AESTIVATE - but it probably doesn't happen here very often, with our lovely wet British summers!

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JUL
27

WORD OF THE WEEK: SPORADIC

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SPORADIC is the weather-forecaster's favourite word! Are you enjoying the SPORADIC sunshine this summer?

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JUL
20

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone read for pleasure?

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If we all found reading a pleasure, we would spend more time reading and if we all spent more time reading, we would develop lots of other skills and attributes on the way.

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JUL
20

WORD OF THE WEEK: LEXICOGRAPHER

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We're delving into our Ancient Greek LEXICON again this week!

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JUL
13

WORD OF THE WEEK: NIKHEDONIA

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Many thanks to Susie Dent, from Channel 4's Countdown, who tweeted @SoundTrainingUK with this week's Word of the Week suggestion!

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JUN
10

Creating Good Reading Habits

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A habit can be a useful tool - make sure it's a good one!

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JUN
01

Is there a link between Dyslexia and eyesight?

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A recent study disproves the link between Dyslexia and eyesight. What impact could these findings have on children's education?

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MAY
29

US pilot of UK program shows reading gains of 56 months after 6 weeks

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Information recently released by San Francisco’s Leadership High School shows average reading age gains of 56 months after 6 weeks for students participating in Sound Training’s first US pilot program.

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MAY
19

Study shows scheme boosts reading age by 27 months

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A recent study by Northumbria University shows that students benefit hugely from the Sound Training programme.

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MAY
05

ROOT OF THE WEEK: VERS/VERT

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For intelligent conVERSation, TURN to our blog and allow us to diVERT your attention!

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APR
20

WORD OF THE WEEK: ENDURANCE

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Why you'd need to be hard to run the London Marathon this weekend!

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MAR
25

WORD OF THE WEEK: REINTERMENT

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This week the remains of King Richard III will be laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral.

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MAR
04

WORD OF THE WEEK: BIBLIOPHILE

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Calling all BIBLIOPHILES! Celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY!!

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MAR
02

Phonics? Whole-word strategies? Surely there is a lot more to reading

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The article ‘And the victor in the reading wars is ……’ written by Daniel Willingham TES 27 Feb 15, begins by explaining synthetic phonics and the whole-word approach to the teaching of reading and goes on to list the three basic key skills we need to have to be able to learn to read successfully i.e. letter recognition, letter to sound correspondence and the ability to hear sounds within spoken sound.

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FEB
25

WORD OF THE WEEK: COSMOLOGIST

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What do you call a person who studies the theory of everything?

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FEB
09

WORD OF THE WEEK: PROCRASTINATION

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Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow? I may have got that wrong, but today's word is my greatest skill - PROCRASTINATION.

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JAN
19

WORD OF THE WEEK: HUMANITARIANISM

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To celebrate Martin Luther King Day in the USA, we take a look at one of his key beliefs.

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JAN
06

WORD OF THE WEEK: EPIPHANY

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EPIPHANY is celebrated on the 6th January by the Christian Church. What is it?

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DEC
19

Happy Hanukkah!

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English has adopted words from many cultures. So to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, we take a look at some words have come from Hebrew.

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DEC
12

WORD OF THE WEEK: NATIVITY

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It's the time of year when children all over the country are getting out their angel, shepherd, lobster and alien costumes again, ready for another NATIVITY!

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DEC
02

WORD OF THE WEEK: DETECTIVE

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On 1st December 1887 Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print, in A STUDY IN SCARLET. We investigate …

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NOV
24

ROOT OF THE WEEK: ARCH

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What is the link between Justin Welby, Archimedes and the Time Team?

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NOV
20

WORD OF THE WEEK: SCAN

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A little word with a long history! Scanning goes from mountaineering, to poetry, through investigation to medicine - but how?

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NOV
10

The Cenotaph

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In Memoriam

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OCT
31

It hurts, but sometimes rote learning is right

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“It hurts, but sometimes rote learning is right” that is what Jeff Peabody tells us in TES 24th October and I agree with him!

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OCT
20

Can anti-dyslexia game boost poor pupils’ reading?

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Katy Parkinson answers the question "Can anti-dyslexia game boost poor pupils’ reading?" published in the published in TES magazine on 17 October, 2014 by Helen Ward.

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OCT
17

WORD OF THE WEEK: ANTHOLOGY

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At the Cheltenham Festival of Literature this week, married actors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory excited festival-goers with their performance from a new ANTHOLOGY of poems about love.

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OCT
03

WORD OF THE WEEK: PALINDROME

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Are we not drawn onward to a new era? Run that by me again - backwards!

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AUG
10

Metacognition: awareness & understanding of one's own thought process

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Metacognition! I just love this word and it seems like Deborah McCallum loves it too, as she wholeheartedly agrees with my view that metacognition should be the ultimate goal of any reading programme.

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JUL
27

Teaching Literacy is everyone’s business!

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I strongly believe that every teacher, regardless of specialism, needs to teach literacy and my belief is definitely shared by others.

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JUL
23

Should vocational courses have more exams, or is it simply academic?

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Why should we even think about making vocational courses more academic? Good vocational courses should provide two things.

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JUL
18

The school letter that went viral

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We all should value every child, every ‘whole' child and not just the child that can achieve the required level in exams. Unfortunately Government pressure is pushing schools down this route because they are judging schools and teachers according to their SAT or GCSE grades.

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JUL
15

Word of the Week: Monarch

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Heads began to roll in Paris on 14th July 1789 - the start of the French Revolution and the toppling of the French monarchy.

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JUL
09

Root of the Week: Duc

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What do the Duchess of Cambridge, Simon Rattle, Mussolini and MacDuff have in common? Use your powers of deDUCtion to proDUCe an eDUCated guess!

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JUL
01

Word of the Week: Velocity

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Here in North Yorkshire we're Tour de France mad - the Grand Depart from Leeds to Harrogate goes almost past my door on Saturday so SPEED is the name of the game!

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JUL
01

Phonics screening check debate

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Here Katy presents her argument supporting the 'phonics screening check' and outlines why it is so important that they continue to be carried out in primary schools.

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JUN
30

Secondary schools ‘fail poor pupils'

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It comes as no surprise to me, and many more I am sure, to read this article on page 15 of today’s Times. It begs the question, why are so many wonderful pupils not reaching their true potential?

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JUN
27

Word of the Week: Love (Tennis!)

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With Wimbledon on our screens this week, I wonder, yet again, why we say 'love' for a zero-score in tennis? I've found several theories - which one do you believe?

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JUN
19

Synthetic Phonics debate

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Does Synthetic phonics have a place in the classroom? Katy Parkinson gives her opinion to a recent Guardian article.

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JUN
09

Word of the Week: Desegregation

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In 1963 American President JFK forced the racial DESEGREGATION of the University of Alabama, allowing two black students to enrol against the wishes of the state Governor. But where does the word come from?

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JUN
06

Word of the Week: Commemoration

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A D-Day special word of the week.

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MAY
16

ROOT OF THE WEEK: TRACT

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Here's another root word which crops up all over the place: TRACT. Let yourself be disTRACTed awhile by the atTRACTion of a new Word of the Week!

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MAY
09

Word of the Week: Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes

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Adding prefixes and suffixes to a root word are like adding different accessories to an outfit to dress it up or down! Or using different flavours of icing to turn some plain old buns into a gorgeous, tempting cupcake creation - feeling peckish now? Read on ...

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MAY
08

How much value is there in teaching subject specific vocabulary?

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Throughout my teaching career, including teacher training, I was always aware that teaching subject specific vocabulary was a must, a given and that we were all doing this. However over the past 10 years I have come to realise just how vital vocabulary knowledge is in developing a greater understanding in all subjects. So, my question to you is, should we be teaching pupils how to develop their own vocabulary knowledge rather than teaching subject specific words or can we do both at the same time?

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APR
29

Word of the Week: Octogenarian

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As Queen Elizabeth II had her 88th birthday last week, we examine the meaning of OCTOGENARIAN, and what Her Majesty will become in her next decade! Click on Word of the Week to continue ...

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APR
24

Case Study: Oaks Park High School

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Oaks Park High School began working with Sound Training for Reading in 2013 after hearing about the programme’s reputation and ability to significantly increase reading ages in a very short amount of time. Deputy headteacher, Kevin Wyre, initially commissioned the training and said that the pupils’ response to the programme has been extremely positive. On completion of the initial training, pupils’ reading ages increased by 26 months and, due to the success achieved, Kevin is now planning on delivering the training to all Year 9 pupils, regardless of their reading ability.

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APR
04

How does effective questioning enhance vocabulary development?

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I had the privilege to witness a mainstream history lesson at Oaks Park High School in Ilford a few weeks ago. The teacher was enthusiastic, the pupils were engaged and lots of learning was taking place. The majority of the class were EAL pupils (English as Additional Language) functioning at different levels. The teacher walked around the room, speaking to individual pupils, praising them, giving very occasional prompts to stay on task but what I really loved about the lesson was how he responded to his pupils’ questions. He answered them simply by asking them questions, ‘drilling down’ until he found their level of prior knowledge of the topic then starting to build on from there. Superb! Vocabulary teaching in my opinion must be taught in a similar way.

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APR
04

Word of the Week: Apologise

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Maria Miller MP has apologised this week for errors in her expenses claims. Find out where APOLOGISE comes from by clicking on this week's word...

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MAR
28

Word of the Week: Annexation

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While the world watches the crisis in the Crimea unfold, we explain why President Putin does not like the word 'ANNEXATION'. Click on our word of the week to find out.

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MAR
21

Word of the Week: Propaganda

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What do politicians and gardeners have in common? Careful - it may not be what you're thinking! Click on our word of the week to find the answer ...

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MAR
19

Literacy skills provide the foundation for all subjects

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Recent research has shown that over 2,000 children in the Yorkshire area started secondary school last September with the reading age of a seven year old – a staggering four years below where the expected ability.

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MAR
14

Word of the Week: Triskaidekaphobia

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Looks impossible to say, but knowing your numbers sorts this word out! Click on the word to find out more ...

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MAR
14

PiXL Club Meeting 12th March : What a Day That Was!

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The PiXL Club meetings never fail to inspire and this week's meeting was no exception. The Central Hall in Westminster is such a great venue and the morning was packed full of great speakers talking about their success stories; providing advice and guidance to the audience on some of the burning issues that schools are facing today and in the near future.

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MAR
13

Welcome to Word of the Week

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Here at Sound Training for Reading we love words - where they come from, how different syllables have meaning and link to other words, and the sound each syllable makes.

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MAR
12

PiXL Club March Meeting

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We are really excited to be at the PiXL Club March Meeting today - it's incredibly busy, with some fantastic, inspirational speakers and 1100 school leaders in attendance.

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MAR
03

Has anything changed? The Importance of Building Vocabulary Knowledge

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Poor vocabulary knowledge is one of the primary causes of academic failure of disadvantaged students. So let’s do something about it.

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MAR
03

Welcome to our new blog page!

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Welcome to our new blog page! Here you will find all the latest news, product updates, case studies and results from Sound Training for Reading.

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