Mrs Steele has introduced the Word of the Week in the secondary phase. This is to focus pupils’ attention on new vocabulary and to encourage them to use it especially throughout that week. By putting it into practise the pupils will learn a new word each week which they actually use. Therefore, pupils will increase their usable vocabulary and the ability to understand more difficult texts. A raffle ticket is given to pupils whenever they use the word correctly – either in their writing or speech during the week.
Week 1 of the Spring term gives us the word ‘Eclectic’ meaning deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
Week 2 was ‘Superficial’ meaning existing or occurring at or on the surface.
This week’s word is ‘Truculent’ meaning eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant.
Words are powerful and understanding connotations of words is key to pupils’ success in English; therefore it is important that we talk about words in our day-to-day lives. We can all learn new words and increase our vocabulary – parents can help by encouraging pupils to use the Word of the Week and to spot it in the world around them.